Confidence Course
May 25th, 2017 by Victoria Hampton

Jennifer Harvey of Sandpoint, Idaho, appears to enjoy the confidence-building trail rides she offers as much as her young clients do.
Photo courtesy of Adventure Pony Rides

On a well-trodden, wooded trail, Jennifer Harvey leads a child on her first horseback ride. The pony, Comet, is well versed in giving children an unforgettable experience, and gently clops along while listening to Jennifer’s every cue.

“The only crying children on my ponies are the ones who don’t want to get off,” says Jennifer, who has given riding lessons for 30 years.

Located outside Sandpoint, Idaho, Adventure Pony Rides gives children and adults a real trail ride experience on a variety of well-groomed trails with scenic views of the area.

“My pony experiences encourage self-confidence and build self-esteem,” Jennifer explains. She says it is a unique, enjoyable and safe adventure.

Jennifer hand walks or trots riders through the woods, up and down hills, over logs and under branches while giving instruction and obstacles to help new riders develop their confidence.

Parents are encouraged to video and photograph their children throughout the ride.

Aside from pony rides, families can get a taste of life on the farm by hunting for chicken eggs, and playing with rabbits and dogs. Jennifer hosts camping and parties at her property, and pony parties at nearby homes and businesses.

“This experience is something that is fun and family-oriented,” Jennifer says. “It is cool to offer a service that people really like.”

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