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A nonprofit organization committed to therapeutic riding, Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center introduces riders of all ages and ability levels to the health-boosting benefits of riding and caring for horses. During private and group lessons, instructors certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship and the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association teach budding equestrians the ins and outs of both English- and Western-style riding. They also conduct summer camps for children, where they coach tots through lessons in general horsemanship, jumping, or rodeo riding. Riders can also lease one of the center's horses to facilitate riding practice, introduce children to the equestrian arts, or take their place at a dinner party.In addition to general riding lessons, instructors foster concentration, self-perception, and confidence in those with physical, developmental, and emotional disabilities during special riding programs designed to equip participants with practical skills. Programs build confidence using centered riding techniques, which encourage riders to use intuition to move more fluidly with their horses rather than relying on formulaic motions or commands.

63 Justin Merrill Rd.
Buxton,
ME
US

For Laci Barnett, Dogaholick Dog Grooming represents a personal goal that stretches back through her years with a veterinarian’s office and an animal shelter. The owner of two golden retrievers herself, Laci is experienced in working with dogs ranging from tiny pups to canines of Cliffordesque proportions. Her services range from baths, flea treatments, and de-skunking to canine haircuts in a variety of styles.

529 Main St
Westbrook,
ME
US

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 Logan, 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 or Saddle Seat. 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.

6 Swain Dr
Hampton Falls,
NH
US

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; dressage leads steeds through sequenced movements that showcase their natural impulses, whether running freely with a rider or stopping to vote “neigh” in a local election. 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. A petting zoo lets children take guided pony rides or meet friendly goats and pigs.

104 King St
Groveland,
MA
US

Established: 2001
Reservations/Appointments: Optional
Staff Size: 25–50 people
Brands Used: Zoo Med, Dogtra, Exo Terra, Goldenfeast, Repashy, Orijen
Pro Tip: Widest selection of exotic animals in New England
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Reptiles
Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Q&A with Zoo Creatures

What special training do you or your staff have?
We specialize in top quality products and expert advice. Many customers have come to us frustrated by past experiences with other pet stores and animal dealers. Our staff is extremely passionate about animals and their care in captivity. We want our customers to be successful with their pets and we make it our mission to promote appreciation for all animals (even the "creepy crawly" ones) by providing a safe, fun experience for both animal lovers and those who don't yet realize how amazing these creatures are.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our animals have appeared with Steve, Terri and Bindi Irwin (crocodile hunter), Jeff Corwin, Conan O'Brien, Tony Danza, Kathi Lee Gifford, Fox and Friends, The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet, Animal Planet, Six Flags New England, New England Aquarium, Franklin Park Zoo and more.

149 Plaistow Rd
Plaistow,
NH
US

Rondo, the de facto host of Grooming at Tiffany's, happily greets every guest with a hardy handshake. Or if not that, perhaps an exuberant tail wag, an offering of chew sticks … something that lets visitors know they're welcome. The amiable shih tzu-poodle mix belongs to owner Tiffany Perron, who styles canines with the skills she developed at the Dapper Dawg School of Professional Dog Grooming. She and her fellow groomers provide an array of services, from crate-free full groomings to quick touchups for dogs facing short-notice job interviews.

127 Rockingham Rd
Derry,
NH
US