CAMPS

Learn how to ride and take care of horses! Every camp day is full of fun, games, and of course, horses! Campers also have a daily chance to make a splash in the indoor pool, play ping-pong, foosball, and billiards – all in a family friendly environment.

The 2022 Summer Horse Riding Camp dates are as follows:

  • June 13th-17th (Advanced Riders Only)
  • June 20th-24th
  • June 27th-July 1st (Intermediate Riders Only)
  • July 18th-22nd (Intermediate Riders Only)
  • July 25th-29th
  • August 1st-5th
  • August 8th-12th
  • August 15th-19th

Typical camp day:

9:00AM 

Review the events of the day and explain or reiterate safety rules. Campers get a short lesson based on the curriculum for their level. Campers groom or tack up, with assistance from instructor as necessary.

10:00AM 

Mounted hour long lesson, starting with mounted stretching exercises.

11:00AM 

Campers cool down horses, sponge if necessary, groom and put away tack.

11:30AM 

Break for swimming, lunch, games.

1:00PM 

Listen to ground lecture and watch a demonstration on subjects such as grooming for show or horse health (Farrier/vet/etc).

1:30PM 

Campers groom and tack up again.

1:45PM 

Trail ride or mounted games and activities.

3:00PM 

Time to go home!

Friday from 1:30- 3:00PM – 

Campers will demonstrate to family what they learned during the camp week. Listen to ground lecture and watch a demonstration on subjects such as grooming for show or horse health.

Camp curriculum:

Campers will learn:

  • The parts of the saddle
  • The parts of the bridle
  • Five major parts of the horse
  • Three riding aids
  • Basic grooming equipment used on a horse
  • The five basic coat colors
  • How to tell when a horse is adequately ‘cooled out’

Campers will be able to demonstrate: 

  • The proper way to approach a stabled horse
  • How to groom and tack up, including picking up and cleaning hooves
  • The correct way to lead a horse
  • Mounting and dismounting techniques
  • Walking, posting trot, and halting
  • Riding a figure 8
  • Mucking out a stall
  • Haltering and un-haltering
  • How to properly turn out a horse

 

Campers will learn:

  • The basic differences between good and poor conformation
  • Basic horse rations
  • Inoculations
  • How to take a horses temperature
  • The difference between a stallion, mare, gelding, colt, filly and foal
  • Two major parasites affecting horses and how to prevent them
  • The step sequence for the walk, trot, canter and gallop
  • The aids used to ask a horse for the right and left leads 

Campers will be able to demonstrate: 

  • Bathing a horse
  • Pulling a mane
  • How to disassemble, clean, and reassemble a saddle and bridle
  • First aid for minor horse cuts
  • How to braid a mane
  • How to give and accept a leg up How to jump a two foot course of fences
  • Riding a figure 8 and a serpentine
  • Posting on the correct diagonal and cantering on the correct lead
  • Riding safely on the trail
  • Posting to the trot without stirrups
  • Blanketing and un-blanketing a horse 

 

Campers will learn:

  • The parts of a horse’s musculoskeletal system
  • About floating teeth
  • The gestation period of a mare
  • How many teeth male and female horses have
  • How many hands high is a large, medium and small pony
  • Four color breeds
  • The initial treatment for colic
  • The amount of water horses require daily 

Campers will be able to demonstrate: 

  • Braiding a tail
  • Fitting a bridle and saddle
  • Treatment for thrush
  • Treatment for abscesses
  • Lunging a horse
  • Riding a three foot course of fences
  • Riding a cross country course with two foot jumps
  • Simple and flying lead changes
  • Turning on the forehand 

Typical Campers are from ages 6- 16 years old, but we can tailor camps for almost any age group.

Come join us for tons of fun and learn at the same time!

The camp runs from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Campers should bring their own lunch.

Pool ranges from 3 to 9 feet deep.

Campers should dress appropriately for lessons: long pants, boots or shoes with a ½ - one inch heel. ASTM certified helmets will be provided.