Hunter’s Haven Farm sprawls across multiple acres of verdant farmland in Groveland, fostering a bucolic atmosphere dedicated to teaching equestrian riding techniques in lessons for riders 8 and older. The center’s two horse whisperers call upon three decades of training and riding experience to coach students in the center’s dual riding modalities, hunt seat and dressage. Hunt seat displays the horse’s prowess while running flat or jumping over small hurdles, and dressage showcases the horse’s natural impulses, whether running freely with a rider or stopping to vote “neigh” on a potential future of donkey riding. The farm’s facilities encompass an indoor arena, cross-country fences, and a galloping track. Students can also guide their steeds around a lit outdoor ring or practice circuits around the onsite dressage ring during private or group sessions. Children can experience guided pony rides and natural interactions with ponies, goats, pigs, and a philosophical saddle at Hunter’s Haven Farm’s petting zoo.
At Paws Club, pooches carouse in the outdoor play area before retiring to the sofas and beds of the social lounge indoors. In that air-conditioned space, they relax while listening to soft music. If feeling more active, they romp around the large supervised backyard or prance through sprinklers. All the while pups remain under the watchful eye of bonded and insured staff and pet sitters who love to play and interact with their furry guests. Canines staying overnight are housed in cageless boarding and pampered with late-night treats. A toll-free phone line is available, as well, so owners can check in on their pets while away.
Situated on 25 wooded acres located next to the Taylor River, Taylor River Farm uses its beautifully bucolic space as a school for teaching students correct horsemanship and riding form. The Lesson Academy offers individualized instruction to students of all ability levels under the guidance of head instructor Kristin Farley, who has trained numerous world champions over a riding career that has spanned more than 25 years. The barn's heated indoor arena features a viewing room from which spectators can view a pupil's lessons in Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat, or Western. In addition to riding properly, students learn how to groom and tack up their lesson horse, as well as how to communicate with the horse telepathically.
Durty Harry’s is home base for canine-human bonding sessions based on an interspecies passion for four-legged hygiene and flower-scented soap. The grooming specialists and fur refurbishers tend to mutts of all stripes, but today’s Groupon gives you the tools to do the work on your own. Bring your pooch into the store, and you’ll get shampoo and conditioner to restore the breezy shine of a puppy’s fur coat or the paisley patterns common among modest breeds wearing pants. After you've treated your tailed companion to a soothing bath in a pup-size tub, the friendly staff at Durty Harry’s will hook you up with brushes, a blow dryer, and a towel so that you can give your dog the fluffy finish she’s been begging for with her eyes. Durty Harry’s will clean the tub, so you’re free to go until the next under-the-paws scrub down.
BYOD is a self service dog wash and dog outfitter. We provide a high quality facility with high-tech bathing units. All our staff is well trained and well versed in all things dog. Walk in, wash your dog, get nails trimmed, pick up some holistic food and treat and leave the clean up to us.