This was an operation set up on my own. I had a large horse facility where I conducted children's petting parties, pony parties, and riding lessons. I had everyone from two year old toddlers feeling fur, hearing chickens, and smelling flowers, to adults riding for the very first time. A pony lesson consists of much more than mounting up and riding off, the children first learn how to care for a horse, how to check for illness, and feed. They learn how to care for their tack and what kind of effort it takes to take care of someone else. Another big part of the lesson is how to treat others the way you want to be treated, how being "mean" can hurt feelings. The children can learn so much from animals, riding teaches motor skills, and other cognitive learning. Having to care for an animal and their habitat teaches more than I can list, conservation, and responsibility being just a couple. On top of all of this, riding provides kids with something to do. Extra curricular activities help keep children out of trouble and allows them to continue growing mentally and physically while they are having fun outside of school. The property I lived on and conducted this operation from was sold by the land owner with no notice. I was forced to leave and shut down the operation.