Owning your own horse has more than likely been part of many
childhood dreams. However if you live in the city or don't
have a great deal of money, one way to realize this dream
is by attending a horse riding camp. This is a marvelous way
to spend a summer vacation, and could just be the holiday
Keeping a horse is very expensive as you have to stable it,
as well as pay for food, riding tackle, riding clothes, veterinary
bills etcetera. Not many families are able to afford these
kinds of expenses.
Attending a horse riding camp in the summer, will not only
allow you to spend fun times with these magnificent animals,
it will also teach you all kinds of different skills. They
are a combination of feeding, horse care, tuition and trail
rides, plus you get to establish a relationship with your
four-legged friend. Instructors are available to take you
on trails into the country-side. Exploring the country from
the back of a horse, gives you a whole new perspective on
Stable management and how to care for your horse; comes along
with all kinds of exciting and new things to learn. You will
get to see things like blacksmiths demonstrations, learn about
basics all the way through to cantering and jumps and how
prepare for gymkhanas, while you are developing your equestrian
skills. It is a fun way to spend a vacation, and will definitely
give you something to talk about at the end of the summer.
You may have only seen horses on television or read about
them in classic stories such as Black Beauty. You will know
that they are fascinating creatures. However you may never
have been given the opportunity to ride one. Even mentally
challenged people love horse riding so this is a sport for
It can be difficult to decide what kind of summer camp you
would like to spend you time at and these camps run from one
day to eight weeks. Some are co-educational while others are
only for boys or only for girls, the choice is yours (or your
parents) of which type you attend. They also offer other activities
for a part of each day.
Many of these camps are focused on the English Riding Style,
so you will more than likely not be allowed to gallop off
into the wide blue yonder like John Wayne. This should please
your parents however and reassure them you will be safe. The
camp will provide all the safety wear you require so these
costs do not have to be met by your parents. You will be required
to wear boots and a helmet and safety is essential.
Horses which are found in riding camps are very well trained,
and of all different breeds. Although they are large animals
and may appear to look dangerous, with the correct training
and care they are very gentle animals. Campers are taught
how to communicate with them so they know what to do.
Most horse riding camps are found on horse farms, where the
campers stay in cabins. Instructors are qualified to provide
quality instruction, and camp counselors are generally graduates
or college student who are preparing for equestrian careers.
They will ensure that they pick out a horse that is well suited
to your size and personality. You don't ever want to take
on anything you might not be able to handle, and counselors
won't allow this.
About the Author
Lance Thorington has written several articles about horses.
You do not know what you are missing when you have never been
on a horse