Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What ages do you serve?
Our programs serve youth ages 6-18. Adult military veterans are served through our EAGLE Vets program. At this time we do not offer additional adult services.
Do you take insurance?
Unfortunately at this time we are unable to accept insurance. However, there are a number of other resources available to families through state & local agencies, and we are happy to work with you to determine eligibility. We also offer a sliding fee scale based on household income.
Do you offer financial aid or scholarships?
Yes. We offer a sliding fee scale based on household income, and award partial scholarships following successful completion of a financial assistance application. Veterans may be eligible for partial scholarships through the Wounded Warrior Project.
Is this a horseback riding program?
No – ANT’s programs are groundwork-based, with activities like leading, grooming, and other care. We can offer suggestions for other local riding centers if your child is specifically interested in horseback riding.
Do I need a doctor's referral?
No. Medical referrals are not necessary to enroll in ANT’s programs. Parents, grandparents, or other caregivers may complete an intake and participant registration for a youth.
Does my child need horse experience to participate?
No previous horse experience is necessary to participate in our programs. Certified equine staff will instruct participants to work with our horses safely & effectively. Additionally, youth who are already familiar with equine work will have the opportunity to learn new ways of engaging with horses.
Can I observe my child's session?
Unless there is a medical reason for which a child must be accompanied, we ask that parents and other caregivers remain off property for the duration of the session. This encourages youth to engage without distraction.
At the end of each quarter, parents will be invited to a Family Session where you can participate with your child.
What do I need to bring?
Participants will need closed-toe shoes, tall socks, long pants, and appropriate outerwear. We offer both rubber boots and riding boots for those without their own, as well as a selection of rain and warm coats.
Additionally, we provide hot & cold water, but encourage youth to bring a water bottle and eat a low-sugar, high-protein snack before programs.
Where are you located?
Windy Acres Farm is located off Hannegan Road in Bellingham, WA. Our address is 721 Van Wyck Road, Bellingham WA, 98226.
After turning off Hannegan onto Van Wyck, head west for approximately 1/2 a mile. Van Wyck will then curve sharply to the right; continue straight to stay on the gravel road marked End of Maintained County Road. Follow parking signs past the office and arena, and continue to the parking lot located behind a large red barn. Take the gravel path to the barn door to enter the classroom.