Oceanview Farm Horse Riding Stables
More Than Just Horses…
Kelly Sweeting riding her horse, Major
Kelly Sweeting riding Major
Q - Do you provide various kinds of education for the people when they come? Do you show them more about the horse beyond just the ride?
A - No. We usually tell them how to ride because most of our guests have never been on a horse before. So it's the basic steering of the horse. We do have guests that hang around after and inquire. Some just pay, get in their car and go. For instance on Saturday, we had a young lady, she stayed with me all afternoon and helped hose down the horses. We're happy to accommodate the teenager girls that are really addicted to horses and miss their horses, and things like that. On Saturdays, Kelly does a camp for the local kids and we're teaching them mucking out, feeding, how to care for the horses, how to ride, that kind of thing.
Q - Tell me more about that, Kelly.
A - I wanted to do a camp that taught kids responsibility and also a big thing is animal care because there is animal abuse up here, well around the world. So I wanted to kind of teach the kids about taking care of animals and how important it is to love animals. I think it has worked out really well. My kids were really scared of the horses at first and now they are so confident, are confident riders and they're just getting better and better each week. It was supposed to just be a summer thing, but they begged me to continue it, so I've just continued it.
Q - It's nice that you like to mentor people for respect for animals, especially in this difficult environment down here because obviously it requires extra care. Do you have any future plans for the Farm aside from what you're doing now?
A (Angela) - We're planting a lot of citrus trees. When I was a child, Eleuthera produced the most beautiful citrus. There was a 40 acre citrus farm in North Eleuthera Heights and my father bought it from Mr. Theo Stuart. When we were kids, we packed all this fruit and shipped it to Nassau. We had so much citrus, we would have fights with it because there weren't enough boxes to hold it. So we're going more into trying to grow as much citrus as possible. The problem is citrus canker, so we haven't been able to import citrus trees. But we have about 16 lime trees, and mangoes, avocados, things like that. We brought ten chickens to supply us with eggs and didn't realize there was such a demand for organic eggs. So in the future I'd like to add a few more chickens, and a few goats. But we're not going to eat them, they're going to be used for weeding.
I think our country needs to focus on making Eleuthera what it was. It was the bread basket of the Bahamas. When Hatchet Bay was in full swing, we'd come from Harbour Island, get our eggs, chicken, beef, ice cream, our milk, our everything from the farm store and it was a whole day. You'd go over and visit the chicken houses and the cows. Those silos were full of grain. It was a big deal, you'd have to stand in line to get all your stuff. We need to start producing more of our own food supply. We encourage the kids to grow some of their own food, and we're thrilled that Central Eleuthera High School has a agriculture program. They come and get manure and the kids are growing vegetables. What we spend importing groceries is ridiculous.
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