Things to know before you visit the sanctuary.
This may come as a surprise but there are no special programs or funding for endangered livestock breeds like there are for endangered wildlife.While other sanctuary events and tours do have a charge, there is no specific charge for our general tour. However our all-volunteer non-profit organization relies on donations to feed and care for the ponies. We are fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers who are here for the ponies and for you, giving freely of their time, kindness, and knowledge. Your donation, no matter how small, allows us to keep going and our mission alive. The ponies and volunteers are very grateful for the public’s support. Thank you!
- This is a farm, with bugs, and dirt, and pony poop. Dress comfortable, wear appropriate footwear for walking around the barn and grassy grounds - , no high heels, no open-toed shoes or flip-flops please.
- Like everywhere, there are ticks, horseflies and mosquitos here, so bug repellant might be a good idea.
- Bringing drinks/water and/or snacks for yourself is fine and encouraged, however do not bring treats for the ponies. We are happy to teach you why when you are here, so be sure to ask us.
- The ponies are gentle and prefer when people are quiet and gentle too. This is a sanctuary, their safe home, a place of peace and comfort for the ponies, and for all who visit. So please, no running, or loud voices.
- Barn is closed to all visitors 2020. No one is allowed to wander through the barn. Children must stay close to their parent, chaperone, or guardian at all times and all visitors must stay with the tour guide unless instructed otherwise. Please note: there are no restroom facilities available here other than a composting toilet in the barn. The home located on the property is a private residence and not part of the Center
- Did you know that horses and ponies have a blind spot directly in front of their head? It extends about 4 feet straight out. Because of that, fingers near their mouths or noses can be mistaken for carrots. It is very very important that everyone keeps their hands away from the pony’s mouths and noses at all times and keep hands outside of the fences.