Lessons at Thalia Farm presents a nurturing, safe, and fun environment where students can learn to become well-rounded horseback riders through lessons, summer camps, and after-school programs. Specializing in dressage and three-day eventing from the balanced, versatile seat of English equitation, instructors use riding as a conduit for instilling leadership skills, responsibility, safety, and discipline. Lessons incorporate jumping and basic flatwork, as well as handling and grooming trained lesson horses. Students also learn how to tack and untack their mounts without help from the instructor or the talking horse in the next stall.
At Dog as a Second Language, certified and vet-recommended instructors are fluent in canine care. They welcome pooches to their residential center for training, boarding, and daycare. In the sprawling backyard, dogs can run, socialize, and cavort with each other during daycare sessions before adjourning to a nap session complete with story time and bone-flavored tea. One-on-one training helps establish roles and simple commands, strengthening bonds with reward-based exercises. Meanwhile, these positive behaviors also seep in via subtle teachings during boarding sessions complete with quiet time, exercise, and plenty of time with other dogs.
At first glance, Fullwood Animal Hospital might look like a hospital for humans. Only diminutive treatment tables and a row of boarding cages hint that its pristine, professional spaces are actually for healing pets. The hospital boasts all equipment necessary to diagnose and treat animals: an X-ray, ECG machine, a surgical suite with anesthesia. There's even a lab on-site, so some basics parasite and urinalysis tests can undergo analysis quickly.
Dr. James Doyle and Dr. Kelly Baete met when they were both studying at Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine. Later, they showed up at the same wedding venue to tie the knot, and then the same Fort Mill veterinary clinic to start a practice. Dr. Doyle specializes in surgical and orthopedic procedures, utilizing everything from scalpels to radio waves in his quest to treat internal ailments. Meanwhile, Dr. Baete focuses on preventative medicine, educating her clients on how best to care for their pets and minimize future trips to her office.
Together, the two relentlessly strive to improve the welfare of their community's creatures—even offering free spay and neuter services for pets rescued from the Humane Society of York County. In order to make visits as easy as possible, their clinic boasts a playroom to entertain children while their parents discuss the serious business of pet care or the less serious business of clown accounting.