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Horses at Camp!

April 12, 2010

One of the special activities offered at camp is our horse program. Many parents and campers are curious about what exactly this program involves, and whether or not it would be a good fit for them.

Our summer Equestrian Director, Sydnie, has been in charge of the program for 3 summers now, and will begin her 4th summer in June! She took a few moments to write out her thoughts on the program, and what you can expect if you sign up:

“The equestrian program at COH features both time in the ring and time at the barn, both which are essential for learning good horsemanship.  The program serves to increase campers’ confidence in every aspect of horse care.  At the barn, campers learn skills such as grooming, tacking, and general health care for equines. Courtesy, responsibility, and diligence are traits that our staff works to cultivate during this phase of the program.

In the ring, instruction is given to help a camper go from their first “walking” steps to a level where the camper feels they have balance, coordination, and competence to direct their mount at a higher level.   Campers will focus on communicating with their horse, learning proper riding position, and using the skills they’ve learned to play games on horseback! Campers who can exemplify the proper skills to direct their mounts efficiently may also be given the option to accompany the horse staff on a trail ride around camp or take a stroll in the paddock!

Whether you have been riding for years or you have never even touched a horse before, we would love for you to join us this summer and experience the wonderful opportunity to work with one of God’s most amazing creatures.”

**The horse program is a special activity that requires registration and an additional fee. Be sure to indicate your preference on the application!

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