I took Callie to a birthday party Saturday at a place called Horsepower for Kids. She absolutely loved it. I’m certain of this because she told me no less than twenty times on the way home that she had a good time and wanted to have her next birthday party there.
The twins whose birthday we were celebrating are two girls that she has known since she was a 1-year-old in preschool at Circle C Ranch, which coincidentally was a place where they also rode horses regularly. It was great to see Abby and Livvy.
Horsepower for Kids was a fun place for a birthday party. Aside from the horseback riding they had a petting zoo with a pony, goats, llama, rabbits and a pig with piglets. I felt mother’s empathy for the poor mama pig though because all of the children wanted to pet her piglets, so she was running around in circles trying to defend them while the kids tried to corner her piglets and pick them up. It seemed like an unnecessarily stressful situation for mama pig. I’m pretty sure she is on the verge of a nervous breakdown and/or has P.T.S.D. if every day is like that.
They also had more unusual animals like monkeys, lemurs, a coatimundi, and capybara. Capybara are extremely large rodents that made me think of the R.O.U.S.’s (rodents of unusual sizes) from The Princess Bride. Love that movie!
Continuing with the exotic theme, there were two wolf dogs, which are a hybrid of a wolf and a dog (in case you couldn’t figure that out from the tricky name). They were beautiful and a little spooky.
I couldn’t help feeling a little sad seeing all of those animals in captivity. I wish the monkeys and lemurs had a larger habitat, but I think that place was a refuge and the cages are probably an issue of finances.
Their mission is noble–“to serve inner-city children, at-risk children, and any child that could benefit from riding, learning about, and loving horses…as studies show that interaction with horses can improve self-esteem, character, work ethic, social skills, and academic performance.” Hard to argue with that.
I would recommend it for a kid’s party, especially on a cool, fall day. It beats the germ-ridden arcade horror of Chuck E. Cheese any day! Well, almost anything does, so that’s not much of a compliment. But this place was cool. And they have drum circles there, too, which totally appeals to my inner hippie. 🙂
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