For immediate release
MEDIA ALERT: Historic Forestville Announces Series of Ten New, Free Equine Programs
Join guest presenters from spring through fall to learn valuable tips and techniques
WHAT: Engaging, new equine programs for enthusiasts to learn many valuable lessons through demonstrations, guest presenters and hands-on activities. Programs include topics ranging from equine massage and rehab, to trail tips and packing light for overnight trips. All activities are available to avid equine owners, those brand new to equines and to those who are simply curious. Everyone is welcome to participate. This series is being offered free of charge.
Ride, Hike or Drive
Equine owners have the opportunity to ride from the horse camp at Forestville Mystery Cave State Park to Historic Forestville to partake in the educational opportunities with their own horse or mule. No equine, no problem! Just hike or drive.
Access through Forestville Mystery Cave State Park approximately 40 miles from Rochester or Austin, Minn. State Park vehicle permit required to enter.
Visit https://www.mnhs.org/forestville for program hours.
- May 14: Equine Raindrop Therapy
- June 12: Trail Tips with Jess, Mounting and Dismounting
- June 18: Pack It Easy, Pack It Light!
- July 9: Trail Tips with Jess, Confidence on the Trail
- July 23: Ground Manners and Obstacle Respect
- July 30: PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) Therapy
- Aug. 14: Equine Facilitated Healing
- Aug. 27: Is Your Pal Tying Up or Colicing?
- Sept. 11: Trail Tips with Jess, Falling Into Winter
- Sept. 17: Barefoot and Hoofboots!
This series is offered in part by the generous support of the Minnesota Horse Council.
About Historic Forestville
At Historic Forestville, visitors can see the fully-stocked, 19th-century merchandise in the Meighen general store, farm and homestead with original artifacts. The historic village is located inside Forestville Mystery Cave State Park, between Preston and Spring Valley, Minn. A State Park vehicle permit is required. For more information call 507-765-2785.
About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. Visit us at mnhs.org.
Photo 202110911_111956 Dr. Bryce Niemeyer talks about equine first aid along the trail at Historic Forestville in 2021. (Courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society and Heather Hill)
Photo 20211016_154116 John Hill talks about the history of draft horses at his draft horse harnessing demonstration at Historic Forestville in 2021. (Courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society and Heather Hill)
Photo 20211016_155108 John Hill gives a wagon ride to attendees following his draft horse harnessing demonstration at Historic Forestville in 2021. (Courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society and Heather Hill)Download high-res image (1.9 MB)