How can I get my child involved?
Contact our farm office via email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment during our open season. Or call our farm office at 425-445-8623. Scheduling for the next month begins on the 15th of the current month (i.e. scheduling for May begins on April 15th or the following business day). Our season begins the first week of May each year and runs through October.
Do I need to accompany my child to the farm?
Part of Madison Grove’s focus is to bring families together. Because of this, we ask that parents or guardians accompany their child. A parent’s presence is quite often central to a child’s experience on the farm. Allowing fathers, mothers and guardians a chance to rest and enjoy the natural beauty of the farm environment is also a part of what we do.
Who does Madison Grove serve?
Madison Grove serves all children between the ages of 7 to 18. Being a kid in this day and age is tough enough. The kids we work with are simply kids. Some are disabled and some are healthy. Some come for mental, physical, emotional, and functional reasons and some come simply because they do not have access to a horse.
What do you charge for a child to attend the program?
Our program is absolutely free of charge. The only requirement for children is that they have an open heart and want to attend.
Can we visit the farm?
We would love to have you out to the farm, even if it is just for a visit. We are open by appointment only. Please feel free to call the farm office to schedule a tour.
Does the farm ever close?
Madison Grove maintains normal business hours during the year. However the daily riding program is not offered during the months of November to April due to the winter weather.
Is Madison Grove a residential facility?
Madison Grove is a day-use facility only. This means those who use the farm visit it during the day but are not housed here.
Can I bring my children’s friends to the farm to play and watch while my child rides?
Your children’s friends are welcome to the farm. However, you must bring a completed release form in their name to our office before the child will be allowed to be involved in ANY activities at the farm. Remember that their legal guardian MUST be the one to complete the form. Please call our office if you have any questions about the release forms. We will be happy to assist you.
While the visiting child is here, please be considerate of the children that are currently taking part in a session by allowing the staff member’s attention and guidance to be focused only on the child they are working with. As the adult bringing additional children, you are responsible for them during their visit.
How can I learn more about the farm?
If you would like to know a little bit more about the farm and how we got started, feel free to sign yourself and/or your family up for a tour. You can schedule by calling the farm office.
Sessions & Scheduling
How and when do I schedule my child for a Madison Grove session?
Our season opens in May and runs until mid-October. Scheduling for May begins on the 15th of April or the next farm business day. You need to call the farm office to schedule with us. We continue this pattern every month during our open season. We do occasionally have cancellations and do not mind if you call each week to see if our schedule has any openings.
We also recommend that you check our website calendar for events and closure dates to assist you in your scheduling plans.
Who needs a completed release form to be on farm?
Everyone! Because of the unpredictable nature of horses and farm life, you and each person you bring are required to have our current release form on file or completed first thing on arrival. Release forms can be downloaded below and must be renewed at the start of every year. Anyone who does not have a current/complete release form cannot be allowed involvement in our activities and programs.
Do I need to stay on the property during my child’s session?
Yes, though parents are free to rest at the picnic tables, or stay in their car in the parking lot, we require that parents stay on the property during their child’s session.
Where do I go and where do I park when I come to the farm?
The farm property is set right off a main road on 36 acres (click here for a map). There is a parking at the top of the gravel hill. Please park there and walk to the barn area to be greeted by a staff member.
Will my child ride during his or her session?
There may be times when your child will not ride during his or her session. According to the staff member’s discretion or the child’s wishes, they may take part in any number of alternate activities during their session, including farm chores, crafts, games, etc.
We aim to offer mentorship, farm-style activities, healthy friendships and horse rehabilitation involvement free of charge to the youth in our community. Our riding lessons are a conduit towards these goals. Although we aspire to help your child become a safer rider who understands and cares for horses, our main goal is not to produce “accomplished” riders. If this is your hope, we would recommend scheduling your child for riding lessons at a traditional stable.
How often can I expect my child to be scheduled at Madison Grove?
If there is availability in our schedule, it is our goal to start the month with every child scheduled twice. In addition to this, if we have cancellations and/or low sign up rate, parents can check the schedule availability in between their children’s original sessions.
What happens if something comes up and we cannot make it to a session?
We would appreciate a call at least 3 days in advance to allow us enough time to give another child an opportunity to adjust their schedule for that appointment. However, we understand unexpected schedule changes do occur last minute. If this is the case, please call the farm office as soon as possible.
Sessions & Attire
What should my child wear to sessions?
The weather in Winlock can be very different from other areas; we can be subject to windy conditions, and at times a five to ten degree shift in temperature. We recommend paying close attention to the clothes your child wears to his or her session. Layers are a great idea.
- Long pants
- Sturdy shoes with closed toes and closed heels
Suggestions for hot weather
- Short sleeves (no spaghetti straps)
- Hat (for sun protection – we supply helmets)
Suggestions for cold weather
- Several layers of clothes
- Warm Coat
- Knit Cap
- Warm Socks
- Canister of a warm drink
Can I volunteer at the farm?
Please contact the farm office by phone or email if you are interested in being involved on a volunteer basis.