Have you ever gone to camp in the summer and watched other people riding horses and wish you could join them? Well, you may not have gotten the chance when you were small, but today, kids from anywhere can go to horseback riding camps for such fun and adventure.
Horseback riding camps provide much more than just merely riding through hills and valleys. Instruction about horse care and grooming are also basic requirements for attending a horse camp. Most riding levels are catered to in horseback riding camps, and they are suitable for both novice and experienced riders who may find themselves fortunate enough to own a horse for the first time in their life.
Taking care of a horse means hours of grooming and lots of time spent with your horse, whether you’re in the stable or enjoying the great outdoors. Horses have personalities too, so don’t be surprised if your new horse, whether you own one, or the one you’ve been assigned to ride in horseback riding camps, demands more of your attention than you thought.
Horseback riding camps teach young people from around seven to eighteen the proper ways to care and groom a horse. They also teach about different kinds of tack, such as saddles, bridles, halters, bits and other horse gear. They teach show riding as well as pleasure riding, with both English and Western saddles. Learning how to canter, trot and post on horseback is covered in riding lessons and multiple other techniques and tactics are learned in horseback riding camps as well.
When choosing a horseback riding camp, you must first decide which style of riding your child wants to learn. The main riding styles are western and English. Western riding is generally associated with cowboys, ranches, and rodeos. Popular western riding activities include trail riding and barrel racing. Western saddles were designed with the comfort and security of the rider in mind, so it has a higher seat back (cantle) and front (pommel) so riders feel secure while on the horse. English riding, on the other hand, generally focuses on jumping, racing and horsemanship. This style of riding requires the horse and rider both to have more freedom of movement, so these saddles don’t provide as much support and security as does a Western style saddle. If your child is a first time rider, they might want to consider a Western riding camp.
Horseback riding camps generally offer lessons for experienced riders as well as those who have never been on a horse before. Experienced riders will generally be placed in a class they will find challenging while beginning riders will begin by learning the basics of how to properly mount and sit on a horse. Riders with little riding experience are paired with an older, gentler animal while those with more experience ride the younger more spirited animals.
Horseback riding camps are ideal locations for children who have a passion for these animals. Teaching them more about proper handling, riding technique and care, these camps can be found from coast to coast.