Summer Horse Camps!
Have fun this summer with a horse camp at R2R!
Summer horse camps at Room To Ride are centered around providing campers with a positive introduction to horses through a respect for the horse, safety for everyone, and excitement for all things equine-related. During the week, campers will be exposed to a variety of horse management and horsemanship concepts and practices. The intent is to give campers a fuller understanding and awareness of all aspects of horse ownership, horse care, and horse riding. Instruction will be provided interactively so as to maximize each camper’s hands-on time with the horse.
Riding and Basic Horsemanship
The primary focus of each camp is to instill campers with the confidence and ability to interact with and ride a horse safely and skillfully. On the first day, campers will learn how to safely interact with the horse, including how to approach it in a calm and gentle demeanor, as well as how to lead any horse with confidence and purpose. Additionally, campers will be shown how to groom and tack a horse. Terminology of the various brushes and other grooming tools as well as the various parts of the saddle will be taught interactively and will be reinforced throughout the week.
Each day, campers will ride once in the morning and once in the afternoon. The focus of each ride will be on the rider’s body position and balance, and then on the rider’s ability to communicate his/ her intentions to the horse. These are important to mention as often times it is the rider and not the horse that is the cause of most miscommunications. Depending on rider ability, campers may receive instruction in such areas as controlling the horse off the lunge line, steering around cones, trotting off a lunge line, and learning to canter. Importantly, while campers will be matched to a horse best suited to their riding ability, they will ample opportunities to ride other horses to broaden their riding experience.
While the core of the camp is teaching basic horsemanship, this focus will be supplemented with mini-lessons interspersed throughout the week and aimed at introducing campers to basic horse stabling, feeding, and veterinary/ farrier concepts of care. The level and detail of instruction will be determined by the group’s overall enthusiasm and ability. These lessons are intended to give campers a fuller understanding and appreciation that there is more to horses than just riding them.
Campers will also be engaged in other equine-related activities to encourage their interest and enthusiasm for horses. Our favorite and favorite of most every camper is decorating that summer’s T-shirt design. Each camper is given a T-shirt to decorate (and eventually keep), and instructed to express themselves as creatively as possible. Group photos are later taken. It is always an absolute joy!
Other iconic camp activities include trail riding around R2R’s 40 acres and swimming on horseback while in the pond. These are camp traditions that are sure to delight! Additionally, campers may paint horse-themed picture frames, make horse treats, color horse mobiles, and even paint on the horses themselves. These are just a small list of craft projects in which campers may partake, and which do vary from year to year and even from week to week.