Spring Valley Equestrian Center has been family owned for four decades. Current owners Marie Cotton and Chuck McWhirter spearhead instruction in both English and Western horseback-riding techniques on the scenic ranch, which abuts the Appalachian Trail Ridge. A large indoor arena complements the center's three riding rings, allowing horses to gallop comfortably throughout the year and eliminating the need for them to fly south for the winter. Spring Valley’s saddle shop allows equines to suit up onsite. In addition to group and private lessons, the center hosts summer horsemanship camps that include a week of lessons and conclude with a student horse show.
Linda’s testimonials page is growing steadily with a variety of stories about helping dogs. By taking a calm leadership role, Linda urges dogs to stop their unwanted behavior and become the peaceful, nondestructive animals their owners want them to be. The canine expert has studied a number of training approaches and has mastered the methods she thinks achieve the swiftest and most satisfying results, forming a program based on positive reinforcement of good behaviors and calm rejection of bad ones. Beyond in-depth dog-whispering sessions, Linda also specializes in structured walks that ease dogs’ stress with strolls free of marking, sniffing, or suggestive whistles at nearby poodles.
VIPuppy Spa treats canines to human-grade comfort and amenities. During daycare, staffers separate dogs into groups based on age, size, and disposition for outdoor playtime, then supervise the play area to ensure none of the pups gets cheated out of his or her poker winnings. After a full day of play, dogs go home with their owners or drift off to sleep in a climate-controlled room as soothing music plays. The facility stays open 24 hours a day every day of the year, so owners can find a happy home for their dogs even during holidays or mass feline revolutions.
VIPuppy also beautifies furry friends with grooming services ranging from a hydro-massaging bath and coat conditioning to nail trimming and tooth brushing. Some of the services even deliver the pampering you might expect at a day spa—aromatherapy shampoos, facial scrubs, and applications of OPI’s special dogs-only nail product, Pawlish. Cats tired of barking for attention can also benefit from VIPuppy's grooming services; a cat groomer with 30 years of experience trims coats and clips nails for felines as well.
Sarah and Krista, the lead trainers at Elite Equine Group, help students develop confident horseback-riding skills during lessons and nurture comfortable relationships between humans and horses. The teaching duo takes into account each rider’s variables⎯including experience, age, abilities, and hat gallon number⎯as they teach students within the two indoor rings or one outdoor arena.
With a focus on safety, the instructors typically start young riders out in 30-minute lessons, while older students partaking in hour-long lessons that teach grooming, tacking, and groundwork.
Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital is a state-of-the-art, spacious health and wellness center with a staff of four veterinarians and 15 team members whose level of dedication to their fuzzy clients has earned the hospital an accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). One of the hospital's core beliefs is that it is crucial to educate pet owners about appropriate preventative care for their pets. The hospital offers everything from healthcare and dental care to grooming and chiropractic services to keep pets as spry and happy as they can be. Overnight boarding is available for dogs whose owners are out of town and cats that just need to finish their novels without any distractions.