Join Lesley, certified Equine Assisted Learning facilitator, for an enjoyable introduction to the critically endangered Ojibwe Horse.  You will meet Akoozi and Wawasum (aka Maple and Sammy), who are brothers, and their companion FlapJack, a miniature Appaloosa. Spend some time learning about these animals and how they are being trained as teachers in Abbey Gardens’ Equine Assisted Learning program. Join them for a walk around the property and some hands‐on ‘pony time’. Suitable for families. No dogs please.

HIKE #: 21

DATE: Friday, September 20

START TIME: 11:00 am

DURATION: 1.5 hours, 1km

LOCATION: Abbey Gardens, 1012 Garden Gate Drive



AMENITIES: Parking, washrooms, water, shelter, food/ beverage service

LEADER: Lesley English

LEADER BIO: Lesley has loved horses for as long as she can remember! She started riding at the age of 9 when her military father was stationed in West Africa, taking lessons with the local cavalry squadron. Lesley took a year off after high school to study for, and receive her British Horse Society Instructors certification. In the many, many years since she has competed in Three Day Eventing as well as coached teams and individuals to competition level in equine sports as diverse as the Prince Philip Cup games and Canadian Pony Club Tetrathlon. Over the years Lesley’s coaching and training style has evolved to include elements of Natural Horsemanship and traditional methods along with her own common sense approach. She was thrilled when she was able to add Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator certification, from the best‐in‐class Dreamwinds Centre, to her credentials. Lesley is excited about her partnership with Abbey Gardens, facilitating EAL programming and raising awareness of Abbey Garden’s critically endangered Ojibwe Horse.

DIRECTIONS: From Minden take Hwy 35 north to Carnarvon,approximately 13km. Turn right (east) on Hwy 118 and follow it approximately 11km to Garden Gate Drive.(If you come to Lakeside Golf Course on the right you have gone too far). Turn right on Garden Gate Drive into Abbey Gardens. The distance from Minden is approximately 24km. From Haliburton follow Hwy 118 past Lakeside Golf Course to Garden Gate Drive. The distance from Haliburton is approximately 15km. GPS coordinates: N45.1053, W78.6168

  • Hoofin’ it: Pony Time
    Friday, September 20, 2019
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Venue:   Abbey Gardens

1012 Garden Gate Blvd, Haliburton, Ontario, Canada, K0M 1S0