Equine Experiences

Perfect for Children and Adults Alike

Take a trip! Discover the world of equine assisted activities through hands-on interaction with horses and ponies. Try your hand at carriage driving, grooming or riding! High Hopes will create a unique experience tailored to meet the needs of school and university classes, senior groups or club outing on our 120 acre farm with our herd of 20 horses. Groups may bring their own snacks or lunch to enjoy in our picnic area.

Select dates available throughout the year.


Mounted Equine Experience

Our mounted experiences includes either riding or carriage driving. For groups of more than 5 participants, this may be done in a rotation with one group mounted while the other groups participate in an un-mounted horsemanship activity. High Hopes does have a limit for horseback riding of 180 lbs.

Length: 1.5 hours

Please fill out inquiry form below for pricing.

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Unmounted Horsemanship Experience

An unmounted experience provides an introduction to therapy horses and equine assisted activities. Participants may learn parts of the horse, grooming, care of the horse, or basic stable management. They will enjoy hands-on interaction with our horses in a safe and supportive environment. The unmounted horsemanship experience can be catered towards your interest and goals for the field trip. To discuss options, please fill out the inquiry form.

Length: 1.5 hours

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Educational Experience

Enjoy a tour of our PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center and learn about equine assisted activities and therapies. This opportunity is ideal for aspiring professionals, community outreach clubs and anyone interested in learning about running a therapeutic riding center and non-profit business.

Length: 1 hour

Please inquire for pricing.

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'Pony Parties'

Make Lasting Memories

Pony Parties


Come and join us for a two hour visit at High Hopes where we will provide up to six horses and trained staff to lead a mounted 30-60 minute riding session for up to 12 individuals with time for grooming and barn activities. We ask that you provide parental supervision, horse friendly decorations, party supplies and refreshments. Please keep in mind that our fire hazard precautions prohibit the use of lit candles indoors and that our horses have a rider weight limit of 180 lbs.

High Hopes Will Provide:

  • PATH Intl. certified therapeutic riding instructor to conduct mounted riding activities
  • Half hour for party and cake time, (indoor consumption of food may be limited due to COVID-19 guidelines)
  • Trained and knowledgeable volunteers to support participants during mounted and unmounted activities

Reserving Our Facility:

  • A $50 deposit is required to hold the space
  • Registration and Release form must be completed 2 weeks prior
  • $25 late fee
  • Charges may apply if space is not returned to its original condition
Please take note that decorations are limited near our horses during mounted activities if set up outside. Decorations that should not be set up outside include balloons, bubbles, streamers, music and piñatas. These decorations may be set up inside in our kitchen area.

Equine Experience Inquiry

  • Please share any details and additional information that may help the High Hopes staff in planning your outreach program

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Equine assisted activities and therapies may be therapeutic if a participant derives benefit, shows improvement or feels better once engaged.

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High Hopes Therapeutic Riding is located at 36 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme, CT.

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