Lake Life: Spring Valley Horse Farm

Published: Jul. 14, 2019 at 9:58 AM EDT
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Spring Valley Horse Farm is a family run operation Michelle Rose is marrying into. But her love for animals and the farm runs deep.

“My passion is bringing the animals to people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them. You can’t just go anywhere and see all these things and touch them and be a part of it,” said Rose, manager of the farm.

There are approximately 500 animals here and that number is growing. They just added a Zebra and a camel.

“We try to be really diverse, always doing different things or having different things, oddities and exotics is kind of our passion. All the different pretty colors and spots and stripes and things like that are really interesting to have around,” she said.

Rose says you don’t need any experience around horses, or other farm animals to go visit.

“I want people to be able to come and ride a horse, or come and touch a zebra or go and see a meat hog or hold a mini pig, or go feed the cows. It’s crazy how few opportunities people have to really enjoy things like that.”

But horseback riding is the main draw at Spring Valley, and Rose says it might be a way to be able to ride more frequently.

“Several other people have come and they’ve fallen in love with the horses, and they volunteer for their ride time, you can work off your ride time,” Rose said. “And we’ll teach you everything you need to know about horses and how to ride safely, and independently so you can essentially come out act like a horse owner without all of the commitment and obligation of owning one.”

But you don’t need to even be near the horse stables to enjoy Spring Valley. It’s also a location at the lake you can vacation.

“There’s five cabins and they have fire pits and charcoal grills, and there’s a fishing pond right there by the cabins, and we just added a tiny house so that’s cool,” Rose said.

It’s a place far enough away to enjoy the wide open spaces, but close enough to everything else you want to do at the lake.

“There’s no internet out here but I promise you’ll get a better connection.”

If you’d like to visit or go for a ride, head to the farm located at 1191 Horseshoe Ben Rd. Moneta, VA 24121.

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