Our popular PONYSITTERS program is available exclusively at JL Performance Horses and has been featured on TV, Hudson Valley Parent magazine and in USA Today. Our PONYSITTERS program is perfect for horse crazy kids. PONYSITTERS is open to children 5-15 years old. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED!
PONYSITTERS is open to all children from all school districts. PONYSITTERS is a comprehensive equine educational program designed for children who love horses. We provide MORE hands-on horse time than anywhere! Our PONYSITTERS program is like no other and is free of so many of the restrictions of other boarding/lesson barns. We strictly limit the number of children in our care during the PONYSITTERS program to ensure the highest level of safety, health and positive experience. We are dedicated to producing capable, knowledgeable horse people and setting your child up for success from the barn and to the board room.
While we cater to what kids love, namely HORSES! Our PONYSITTERS programs INCLUDE wireless, high speed internet access to help PONYSITTERS to stay on top of their remote and e-learning academic studies, removing the stress and hassle for parents at pick up.
We would love to welcome your child to the PONYSITTERS!
Unlike other lesson barns, our popular PONYSITTERS program combines your child's academics with their love of horses, setting them up for success from the barn to the boardroom.
At a minimum, children will learn safe horse handling techniques, basic equine care and proper grooming skills, understand equine behaviors, assess a horse's general condition, how to properly take care of their tack and equipment, how to tack up the horse/pony, mounting & dismounting and of course, learn how to properly ride a horse/pony!
PONYSITTERS gain additional hands-on experience and knowledge in basic veterinary care, equine nutrition, stable management, proper hoof care and more!
Our PONYSITTERS program is designed to promote safety, horseback riding skills and equine knowledge while encouraging, empowering and educating aspiring equestrians, cowgirls and cowboys . Children have the opportunity to learn both English and Western styles. Children learn all about horses in a positive environment with hands-on horse activities with friendly, well-trained horses & ponies, participate in creative projects and play fun games like equine trivia with barnyard game buzzers. (think Family Feud with horse questions).
PONYSITTERS are able to demonstrate success at individual & team activities, critical thinking skills and problem-solving & decision-making. PONYSITTERS develop leadership skills, responsibility, time management, organizational skills and build their self-confidence taking care of, handling and riding horses.
Special lesson clinics are offered periodically for the PONYSITTERS with professional guest instructors to supplement their riding education and test their equestrian skills. (see special events)
In addition to their regular barn time, PONYSITTERS are encouraged to take a pro-active role within their community to raise equine awareness. PONYSITTERS are invited to attend public functions, like community days and parades with their PONYSITTERS teammates and their equine ambassadors, providing equine educational demonstrations and presentations. Horse Show opportunities are offered as children master showmanship and riding skills.
All 2020 public appearances are currently CANCELLED due to COVID crisis.
Contact us on (845) 260-0962 to invite Team PONYSITTERS to your next event!
Congratulations team PONYSITTERS on your televison appearances! http://westchester.news12.com/story/40183025/pony-sitters-program-gives-children-handson-experience-with-horses?fbclid=IwAR03mYoXdlosjHajCjUaxvWlYxhlpb2awVur16HIfZKvW0bBe3QyHcDCesQ
If you know someone who has a horse crazy kid, point them in the direction of the PONYSITTERS. These amazing kids take an active role in the barn and a pro-active role within their community. Learn more about joining the PONYSITTERS.