Horsemanship

Horsemanship

     

In addition to the riding lessons, campers also have the opportunity to learn about horse management and are required to participate in the daily care of our herd. We have over 50 horses on the property during camp and caring for them all takes a lot of hands! At SJ, we believe campers should not just become great riders but also great horse people.

Each time we ride, it is the campers responsibility to groom and tack up their horse. When the lesson is finished, they cool down the horse, untack them, and sponge or hose them off when needed.

Every camper participates in one hour of clean barn three times a week. We use this time to muck out the barn, paddock area, or pastures. The oldest cabins are required to help with the morning feeding.

Our Barn Classes are elective activities that focus on equine management subjects like horse nutrition, learning how/when to lunge, horse show preparation, and equine first aid. Campers can choose up to four hours of barn class a day. These hours can also include feeding the horses lunch or dinner, watching a x-country lesson, taking classes on how to become a riding instructor, and much more!

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