What about Summer Riding Camp?

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I can hear you saying, What?!? In this economy??

And I say, look into it because you might get a pleasant surprise.

But that’s for rich people, you say. And I say, so you only go for a week? Or a day.

Ask lesson barn owners. They’ve been adaptable because of the economy.

Just don’t rule out summer riding camp on principle, especially if you have a child who would love it and thrive there – as opposed to a camp where there’s a canoeing and archery.

Simply call up the stable and ask them to quote you a price. If you don’t A-S-K, you won’t have a chance to G-E-T.

Because it’s April and the kids here in the US will be out of school before we know it.

Now that the spring thaw is gathering momentum up here in Connecticut, USA, I’m back at the Kids Barn at Pleasant View on a regular basis. (The Kids Barn at Pleasant View closed.)

I’m not a paid worker there, unless you count the fresh eggs I occasionally take home. So, I really don’t see talking it up here as a conflict of interest.

Anyway, it’s one of the many stables that offer summer riding camp for kids. I’m sure there’s one in your locality. You can find them via your web browser.

Or, if you drive past one, pull in, find a friendly face and ask. Even if that particular barn doesn’t offer a children’s summer camp, they might know who does.

And don’t forget the merchant who knows all the happenings in your local horse community, the local tack shop.

What’s riding camp like?

Well, you’re not in the saddle all day.

You ride a little, learn about horses, play, have a snack or a lunch. It doesn’t have to be all day long, either. It all depends upon the place. And it’s more of a day camp, not a sleepover deal.

Some summer camps have specialties. At a place like the Kids Barn, it’s a childrens’ beginner barn with ponies for lessons. When you’re considering a place, ask about the level of instruction.

Other questions to ask, in addition to “how much?” include:

  • What’s a day at camp like? (How long? Lunch or snacks?)
  • Will I need special equipment and attire? (Most barns keep helmets for borrowing. And all a growing rider really needs for footwear is some boot with an inch-high heel, available at your favorite Big Box Discount Store.)
  • Can I come see the place?

Whatever, IMO, summer riding camp would beat playing dodgeball and singing Kumbaya.

4 Comments
  • Deanna
    April 10, 2009

    I think this is a great post, so I linked you on “This Week In Horse Blogs” check it out HERE

    Deanna

  • rhond7
    April 11, 2009

    Wow – thank you, Deanna. I’m honored. You can tell that I believe in the topic – that camps in the woods (or baseball camps or theater camps) aren’t for every child.

    And that, despite economic difficulties, life goes on — and children grow up. And they need good experiences to help them become thriving adults.

  • Deanna
    April 12, 2009

    You’re welcome 🙂 I agree, life has to go on and the memories will last a life time. Would you believe I usually do two summer camps per year, and this year the demand is larger and I am doing three?

    Horse Camp is so sweet and pure especially with the little ones their first time at camp.

  • rhond7
    April 12, 2009

    I’m so glad that your horse camp is doing so well. Kudos to you and your program. I love to watch children experience horses. It’s a treat.

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