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Equestrian Camps

Whether you choose to ride for work or pleasure, equestrian camps can be a great way to hone your riding skills in a fun, supportive environment. There are dozens of different camps available for both young and old, and you can even choose from a variety of different riding styles and philosophies. So, if you long to spend a few hours, days or even a few weeks riding consider your equestrian camp options carefully. A little bit of research can mean the difference between a week of fun or a week of frustration.

Different kinds of camps available

Every camp has something different to offer its participants. Some camps focus on riding skills, while others may teach you the fundamentals of equestrian care, while others focus on teaching confidence and independence in its participants. Try doing a search on google.com or yahoo.com to find out what is available in your area or price range. If you are able to travel to attend, then you will obviously have more options.

Some of the most popular types of equestrian camps available are:

  • English horseback riding
  • Western horseback riding
  • Stunts/Trick Riding
  • Winter camps/Summer camps
  • Children's Camps
  • Boy/Girl Camps
  • Year Round Programs

It is up to you to determine which one fits your own personal learning style and horseback riding goals.


Things to consider

Depending on the type of camp you are looking for, and the area of the country that you reside in, you may have many different camps to choose from. The following is a list of questions that you should ask before settling on a particular camp or riding program. Use your gut instinct and feel free to ask fellow riders for recommendations or suggestions.

  • History of camp- generally speaking the longer a camp has been in business, the better it is for you. Some of the newer camps however may have more amenities and activities, so ask around. Always ask for references if you are unsure of a particular camp.
  • Length of camp- does the camp last for a week? A month?
  • Location- is the camp near your home or will you have to drive or fly to attend?
  • Overnight or Day Camp?
  • How long you will ride each day- some camps may only offer an hour or two of riding a day, while others may offer a full 8 hours.
  • Price of Camp.
  • Equipment needed- certain riding styles may require some equipment so ask ahead. Will all of the supplies be provided for you, or will you need to purchase them before attending?

Have Fun!

No matter what type of camp you choose, don't forget to have fun with it! There is nothing better than an afternoon spent on horseback, so enjoy it.


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