Horse Camp

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Ages 7 – 14 (by first day of camp session)

Horse Camp
(Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 & 10)

Horse Camp is one of Greenwell’s most popular camps. Ride horses and learn all about the care and behavior of our equine friends. Campers will ride once per day with a riding instructor. Each day our campers will be challenged with activities for their individual interests.  Horsemanship is emphasized with all of our campers, allowing them to saddle and care for their horse during the week. Afternoon activities include hiking, and crafts.

 

Non-Riding Week of Camp
(Weeks 1, 6, & 11)

If your camper has a interest in horses but does not want to ride, here is the camp for them! Our non riding camps are focused on teaching campers how to get a deeper connection to our horses from the ground. Did you know that you can do more with horses besides ride them?  Horsemanship and communication with our horses is often greatly influenced by the things we do on the ground with them. Campers will learn how to read and talk to our horses through body language, long line, and ground exercises, as well as other equine activities. We will get to spend more time with the horses during the morning.  The afternoon will be filled with other camp activities such as hiking, and crafts.

 

Each week has a theme:

Week 1: NO RIDE Fantastic Beasts
Horses are Fantastic and Fascinating!  Campers will learn how to care for our wonderful horses each morning as well as how to create better communication with them through ground training activities. We will go scavenger hunts to find fantastic beasts that live in the park and see how they all live together in a community.

Week 2: Happy Trails
Trail riding is a great way to relax and enjoy horses in new environments. While we will still be riding in the arena, we have many fun trail obstacles that be a challenge to any level of rider. Many of the obstacles involve fine tuning our riding skills to precision movements. Campers will learn about important things to take on the trail and how to prepare our horses to take in new environments with ease and confidence.

Week 3: Wild West
Bring out your inner cowboy! Campers will ride in western saddles, and ride western patterns. Campers will be challenged with appropriate riding level activities, all with a western theme, such as barrel racing, pole bending, and team riding. Afternoon activities include western style crafts and learning to rope.

Week 4: Medieval Knights
Knights, dragons and fairies oh my!  Riders will learn to ride like the knights of old, jousting and defending the castle from dragons. Crafts will have a medieval theme to them, and campers will visit the  Curious Hollow to scout out magical creatures. In the afternoon campers will go on a hike to find the best natural ‘castle’ in the park!

Week 5: Carnival Equus
Each year the carnival comes to town, now take the fun and add horses to it! Campers will learn to control their horses so they can toss beanbags and do partner races with them. Musical horses, beanbag toss and dollar bareback are fun for both rider and horse. Games on horseback create a special team atmosphere for all. Afternoon activities will include carnival themed crafts and hikes.

Week 6: NO RIDE I love the 80s
Campers will meet and care for our horses each morning; learning how to feed, groom and about any specific needs that each horse needs to be healthy and happy.  We will have 80s themed crafts and activities  including a 80s dance party and neon horse painting. Campers will learn to communicate with their horse on a deeper level through ground training activities.

Week 7: Happy Trails
Trail riding is a great way to relax and enjoy horses in new environments. While we will still be riding in the arena, we have many fun trail obstacles that be a challenge to any level of rider. Many of the obstacles involve fine tuning our riding skills to precision movements. Campers will learn about important things to take on the trail and how to prepare our horses to take in new environments with ease and confidence.

Week 8: Wild West
Bring out your inner cowboy! Campers will ride in western saddles, and ride western patterns. Campers will be challenged with appropriate riding level activities, all with a western theme, such as barrel racing, pole bending, and team riding. Afternoon activities include western style crafts and learning to rope.

Week 9: Medieval Knights
Knights, dragons and fairies oh my!  Riders will learn to ride like the knights of old, jousting and defending the castle from dragons. Crafts will have a medieval theme to them, and campers will visit the fairy village Curious Hollows to scout out mythological fairies. In the afternoon campers will go on a hike to find the best natural ‘castle’ in the park!

Week 10: Carnival Equus
Each year the carnival comes to town, now take the fun and add horses to it! Campers will learn to control their horses so they can toss beanbags and do partner races with them. Musical horses, beanbag toss and dollar bareback are fun for both rider and horse. Games on horseback create a special team atmosphere for all. Afternoon activities will include carnival themed crafts and hikes.

Week 11: NO RIDE I Love Horses!
Campers will meet and care for our horses each morning; learning how to feed, groom and about any specific needs that each horse needs to be healthy and happy.  This week is the best of the summer, some of the campers favorite activities will be happening again this week! Focusing on showing our beloved horses great appreciation by baking them treats and making them cards. Learning to sharpen our communication skills to talk more like a horse will be focused with each activity.

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