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Summer Camp

Horse Camp:  9:00 AM-12:30 PM, Monday-Friday

Ages 7-14, limited to 4 students:  $250

Spend three-and-a-half hours a day with horses! Your child will gain confidence and learn a solid foundation of basic skills while spending time grooming, leading, practicing Natural Horsemanship-style ground work, and riding my school horses.

Summer camp is designed to be an intensive introduction to horseback riding and horse management through a safe progression of skills and knowledge. In addition to hands-on time with the horses, we’ll learn about a variety of horse related topics: horse colors, anatomy, and breeds; common equipment and parts; feeding and care.

Riding instruction is taught English style. Horse Camp is best suited for students who have some experience with horses, but the topics we cover and skills we practice can be adapted to safely challenge students with varied experience levels and knowledge. I provide all special equipment, including helmets, but students are required to wear pants and closed-toe shoes with a low heel.

We’ll meet rain or shine–there’s always plenty to learn!

Summer Camp Schedule:

9:00-10:00 Groom and tack-up assigned horse, ground work
10:00-11:00 Riding Lesson (can be substituted for vaulting session, depending on student interest)
11:00-11:30 Un-tack and groom assigned horse.
11:30-12:00 Classroom:  horse parts & colors; equipment care, cleaning, & parts; knots; gaits/footfalls; horse management & nutrition. 

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch & Journals

 

Sample Curriculum: may be modified depending on student experience and interests

Day Ground-work Skills Horse Knowledge (classroom) Riding Skills
1 Grooming: grooming tools– names and uses 

Making a personal space “bubble”

Leading

Tacking up

Horse body language, partscolors 

 

Mounting/dismounting 

Proper position

 

Holding the reins

Safely riding in a group

Walk and halt

2 GroomingMaking a personal space “bubble” 

Leading over obstacles

Tack: saddle and bridle parts, assembling & disassembling, cleaning & care
 

 

Mounting/dismounting 

Steering: circles, serpentines, figure eights

 

Posting and jumping position

 

3 Grooming: Bathing–purpose & techniques 

Ground tying

Knots: Tying a quick release knot 

(Advanced: rose, fiodor, bowline knots)

 

 

Steering: circles, serpentines, figure eights 

Posting

Jumping position over poles

Trot: to the end of the line

 

4 Grooming 

Disengaging the hindquarters/moving the shoulders

Footfalls: walk, trot, canter 

(advanced: gallop, leg-yield)

Lengthening/shortening strides 

Jumping position over poles

Trot: to the end of the line, posting, jumping position

 

5 Grooming 

lunging/round-penning

Basic Horse care: feeding, common ailments, first aid, vaccinations, deworming, shoeing Lengthening/shortening strides 

Trot: to the end of the line, posting, jumping position

Jumping position over small  courses of poles

Drill team

 

 

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