The Gentle Barn

January 16, 2020

Have you hugged a cow today??? 🐮 

Our recent adventure took us to an extra special place... The Gentle Barn. We got to meet and pet a bunch of the animals. We have heard so much about this special place and all the wonderful work they do to help these animals have a better life. It was so nice to learn all about them and hear their stories. 

The boys and their friend Everleigh were greeted by the very friendly horse Zoe. Miss Zoe had no problem making her presence known and we fell in love with her instantly. 

After hearing some of the rules of engagement, like looking at the animals body language for signs if they want you to touch them or not, we were off to go and meet the gentle giants... the cows. I have to say that Olivia with The Gentle Barn was incredibly patient and so sweet to everyone. So a big shout out to Olivia... if you see this, just know we think you are Awesome!

Oh and of course we all got to hug the cows too. Link especially loved this part. He was so cute having conversations with the cows and telling them he was going to make them nice and clean. He also picked up the feed that had fallen on the ground so it would be easier for them to eat it. 😍

We kept having to remind Ledger that the brush was for the cows and not for him. 😆 He eventually got the hang of it, even though he kept holding the brush backwards to brush them. It's the thought that counts, right? 

Next up, was a big highlight of the tour... feeding the horses and donkey. We were able to learn about each of the horses and specific instructions for how to feed them depending on their age or special needs. Rosie the donkey was a favorite for the boys to feed. She was found in a dumpster when she was a few weeks old. You can read more about her and each animal's individual story on The Gentle Barn website. The beautiful white horse is Willy Wonka and he was a jumping horse before coming to The Gentle Barn. We also met the handsome Sir Lancelot and he was a very sweet horse. And of course we went back for more time with Zoe, the first horse that loved to talk to the boys.

The Gentle Barn rescues animals from severe abuse and neglect who are too old, sick, lame or scared to be adopted into homes. They are a sanctuary to horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, llamas, peacocks, emus, cats and dogs. Our tour continued with meeting and petting more of the animals including Honey Bear the pig who loved belly rubs. We also got to see the adorable new mama pig and her 8 piglets who were recently rescued by The Gentle Barn over the holidays. The kids also got a chance to hold and pet Rebecca the chicken.

Check out who is posing for this shot. 🐐 Do you see that smile? This little model's name is Brave Heart and he loved hanging out with the kids.

At the end of the tour, the kids got to stand around the wishing well and make two wishes... one for themselves and one for the animals. This is because it was the owner of The Gentle Barn's wish when she was a kid to one day have a place called The Gentle Barn that would take care of animals. It was such a special story to wrap up an extra special experience.

The Gentle Barn is a national nonprofit organization that rescues and rehabilitates animals that no one else wants. These animals are too sick, old or scared and they give them a safe home for the rest of their lives. 

The Gentle Barn is located at 15825 Sierra Highway in Santa Clarita, CA. It is open to the public on Sundays from 10am to 2pm. They also offer field trips, birthday parties and private tours. After visiting this place I can tell you first hand that these animals love having visitors. If you get the chance to visit, I highly recommend it. I am already planning to take my boys back again soon to visit some of our favorite new animal friends.

For more info visit or you can find them on instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

If you are interested in donating: The Gentle Barn 501(c)(3) tax ID is #95-4776451

Have you had a chance to visit @thegentlebarn? Tell me about another special place for animals that you have been to or heard of. We would love to visit more places that are rescuing and rehabilitating animals. 

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