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About Us

Our Misson

Walkabout Farm is a fully inclusive therapeutic riding, equine assisted learning and youth outreach initiative designated for children and adults with unique considerations, socioeconomic isolation, mental health concerns and those are abled differently. Through community peer support we strive to improve our participants’ confidence, positive leadership qualities, enriched physical and mental health, and provide a safe space for personal growth. All by way of an individualized riding program, outdoor recreational activities, volunteerism, or work placement. Our non-profit organization also offers one on one respite services for families with loved ones who have complex behavioural or medical special needs in an environment of compassion and enrichment.

Raise Your Helping Hand

“Equine therapeutic support promoting the physical, neurological and emotional well-being of all by way of human / animal interactions”

– Jennifer Semach, owner and operator

We are a non-profit, fully inclusive therapeutic riding, equine assisted learning and youth outreach initiative, in Haliburton County, designated for children and adults with unique considerations, socioeconomic isolation, mental health concerns and those are are abled differently.

Moxie Moose Finds A Tail

“Moxie Moose Finds a Tail”! For the publishers link and more information, click here. “This book is dedicated to all the children of Walkabout Farm, who have inspired me with their moxie“. – Jennifer Semach. Biography: Jennifer Dale Semach lives in Minden, Ontario with her husband, two children and many animals including therapy horses Chewbacca, Valentino, Gracie, Coconut, Sweet Pea, Jasper, Apollo and Molson. She is the founder and executive director of Walkabout Farm Therapeutic Riding Association Inc. Jennifer is passionate about the equine assisted programs she has developed for people with disabilities, mental health support and one program in particular, the “Reading Buddies” program for children and adults like herself who have difficulties with illiteracy, dyslexia or anxiety. She hopes her friends enjoy the silliness of this book and understand the underlying message of resiliency in the face of hardships. Buy “Moxie Moose Finds A Tail” directly from Walkabout Farm for $24 each, taxes included. Shipping, if needed, is extra. Please contact Jennifer for purchase details.

News

What’s Happening

Walkabout Farms is OPEN FOR BUSINESS (by appointment) and we are planning our 2nd annual Spring FUNdraiser. Keep an eye on our News & Events Page for details.

2022 calendars for sale for $22, available at Walkabout Farm and Pet Tyme Animal Krackers in Minden.

11oz Walkabout Farm fundraiser mug 2.0! $15.00 + HST. Gloss finish, dishwasher safe, microwave safe. Design on mug is printed on using a special printing process – it is not vinyl (vinyl on mugs does not last long and will come off after a while). $5.00 from each mug purchased will go directly to phase 2 of the accessibility project at Walkabout Farm! Please contact Lyndsey O Mara by email at info@haliburtonprints.ca. Shipping is available.

Fall has arrived and so have our comfy hoodies! Stock is limited so get yours soon.

Testimonials

What People Say

“Walkabout Farm Therapeutic Riding Association Inc. provides a much-needed service in our community for individuals who have been traumatized or who have extra challenges in their lives. Jennifer has enormous empathy and her incredibly positive approach has really helped my daughter build better self esteem and confidence. Jennifer provides a safe and inclusive environment with some pretty amazing animals. I am so grateful that she is able to offer her wonderful work!” — T. Burton, participant parent

That top photo is amazing! I can’t wait to show Joel in the morning. He so loves sharing his Walkabout experience the following day at school and the photos help him so much. Thank you for the beauty you have and so willingly give to others. Our little man is remembering who he is and watching him unveil himself to himself brings tears to my eyes and immense joy to my heart. Today I could have stopped time when he was talking and hugging Tino. So much love.” — Lisa M., participant parent