Horse Camp, Lessons & Trail Riding 

GET OUTSIDE, CONNECT TO YOUR BREATH AND BE TOUCHED BY A HORSE

- ALEJANDRA LARA

Life Skills and Mindful Horsemanship Camp


Olde Towne Carriage's Horsemanship Camp has been developed for in a way to build character, horsemanship and building life skills in an awesome, fun and nurturing environment, with horses. We mix life skills with nonstop equine assisted activities, nature interactions, and arts/crafts.


Through each camper’s daily responsibilities and activities, participants develop problem-solving skills, honesty, empathy, self-confidence, and independence that will be applied in their home and school lives while forging lasting friendships.


Life Skills and Mindful Horsemanship Camp


Horses and equipment included

No prior riding experience necessary

Riding - Western Style

Riding - English Style

Driving

Horsemanship

Horse care

Games

Arts and crafts

Mindful nature activities

Meditation

Affirmations

Teamwork

Lots of fun

…. And much more....!



We will only accept 4 - 6 children between the ages of 8 - 12 per week. 



Time: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Fee: $200 per child for three days or $75 per day (choice your day)

Before Camp and After Camp fee: $15


Sessions Dates:

Session 1 - September 7th, 8th, 9th

Session 2 - September 14th, 15th, 16th

Session 3 - September 21st, 22nd, 23rd

Session 4 - September 28th, 29th,30th

Session 5 - October 5th, 6th, 7th

Session 6 - October 12th, 13th, 14th

Additional Sessions - TBA


** We may continue sessions into November for Homeschoolers**


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Why Horses?

Horses are naturally social animals with personalities, attitudes, fears, and moods, and very sensitive to the energy around them just like humans. The difference is they are more able to go back to a calm state then humans.


Horses come with all types of personalities and behaviors and they will respond appropriately to human interaction, allowing kids to experience a sense of connection and participation.


Horses and kids are seeking the same feelings of trust and connection, and once a child realizes this similarity, he or she is able to form a connection that is uplifting and inspiring.


Horses are very forgiving and patient and are able to teach kids about themselves and their interaction with others around them.

Why Teach Horsemanship?

There are many reasons why horses are such effective teachers:


Their ability to read emotional and environmental cues, subtle body language, and sensations help kids focus their attention, improve their concentration, maintain self-awareness, and practice being consistent.


Horses have more facial expressions and body language than most animals, and they can easily read human facial and body language. 


Horses assist kids in becoming aware of the effect their emotions and behavior have on others.


Horses also help kids appreciate the positive aspects of being part of a group, such as family, friends, and classmates.

Life Skills

For hundreds of years humans and horses have worked side by side, it has been proven that humans benefit mentally from developing a connection with a social animal known for being responsive to human emotional states.


We will use our own experiences to help kids improve their emotional expression and self-regulation, as well as reduce anxiety. We will incorporate meditation, affirmation and mindfulness into the program. 


Research bears this out, including studies conducted by Ellen Kaye Gehrke, Ph.D., on heart rate variability between humans and horses, whose outcomes point to the mood-boosting effect of the horse.

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Social Distancing Appropriate 

The more people a camper or staff member interacts with, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. Our camp would be considered Low Risk as kids will be in small groups, they stay together all day, each day. Campers will remain at least 6 feet apart and will be assigned equipment that will not be shared. Also any equipment or space will be disinfected between uses.  Outdoor activities are prioritized. All campers are from the local geographic area which at this time has a slow spread rate. 

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Riding Lesson Program and Trail Riding



English Lessons


Private English and Trail Ride Lessons ($45 USD per lesson)


Taking lessons is an excellent way to learn how to ride a horse. But the more time you get to spend around the horse, over a riding weekend break or for several days in a row, the better. We offer a 4 week riding sessions, where you will learn how to handle the horse, groom the horse, tack up the horse (saddle and bridle) and the rules and etiquette of riding in a ring or on the trail. You will learn about the many different equine sports associated with English Riding. 


Lessons available in the fall during following time and days:


Monday - evenings, Tuesday - evenings, Wednesday - evenings, Friday - mornings, Saturday - mornings and Sunday - mornings. 


Western Riding


We will facilitate a custom trail ride adventure for you, you will have several locations to choice from depending on your riding abilities. This is a safe activity for you and your special someone, great for couples, or family activity for two.


Learning to ride a horse is a thrilling experience, but the mere thought of hopping in the saddle for the first time is enough to make anyone nervous. Knowing what to expect from your first lessons can help ease some of that tension.


You might think that trail riding is reserved for experienced and well-trained riders. That, however, couldn’t be farther from the truth. Anyone can go, even those who’ve never ridden before, as there are many programs that are adapted to all levels.

Junior Wrangler - Corral Lesson ($35 USD per lesson)


Kids five to eight years old can ride one-on-one with an instructional wrangler in the corral to learn the basics of how to ride. This is designed to prepare kids for the trail riding, last class children will be taken for short ride outside of ring, parents must be involved. If you do the package of 3 lessons and a trail ride (all trail rides will be scheduled on Sunday), the cost is $140, lessons will be a weekly event.  The lesson is approximately 30-minutes.


Private Corral Lesson and Trail Ride ($45 USD per lesson)


In the controlled environment of the corral, fine-tune your western riding skills. Riders work one-on-one with an experienced instructor to become more comfortable and confident in the saddle. Lessons include proper posture and tips on steering, guiding a horse, trail etiquette/safety and last day is a trail ride. If you do the package of 3 lessons and a trail ride, the cost is $195, lessons will be a weekly event and trial rides will be scheduled on Sundays. The trail ride will normally run from 1 hr to 3 hrs depending on location. The minimum age is 9 years old and the lesson will take 45-minutes, limited to 2 individuals.


Learning to ride takes patience and commitment. Being introduced to the basics by an experienced instructor is crucial for building a solid foundation. But so is enjoying the entire process. Discovering a country and its culture on horseback, while bonding and learning to move in harmony with your horse, is an experience like no other.


That’s why it is important to maintain meaningful interactions with nature as often as possible. There is no better way to enjoy the outdoors then in the saddle.

Call us at 540-371-0094 to make arrangements wer need 48 hour notice.


We are open for trail riding lessons and private trail rides in March, April, May, June, September, October and November. We do not do trail riding in the hot summer months. 


Know your skill level, are you a Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced rider?



Private Trial Riding 

Available Friday, Saturdays & Sundays


Level of Trail Riding Skills:


Walk Ride


Walk ride is the most popular ride! Suitable for all levels of riders ranging from beginners to advanced. This trail ride is a lovely walk through the woods that is slow enough to enjoy the natural beauty of your surroundings. It is ideal for first-time riders or anyone that wants a relaxing, comfortable ride. $60 per individual party of 2 - 3 people


Intermediate Ride


This ride consists of walking and trotting. Riders should have approximately 10 hours of experience in the saddle throughout the year. A fun, brisk ride that requires enough experience to be in control of the horse at all times. Riders are permitted to hold onto the saddle horn with their free hand and will be screened by the wranglers at a trot to ensure their safety. Riders that are not ready for the intermediate ride will be taken on a nice walk ride. $60 per individual party of 2 - 3 people


Advanced Ride


A fast-paced, energetic ride for experienced riders only. This ride consists of walking, trotting, and cantering. Riders must be in control of their horse at all times and should not have to hold onto the saddle for balance. All advanced riders will be screened for safety at a canter. Trail ride will be longer for Advanced Riders $65 per individual party of 1 - 3 people


Additional information


The trail ride times are scheduled by the stables manager after individuals complete lesson program. We will not take riders out without going through our course, the above activities are for established customers. A safety check is required before each ride faster than a walk where riders demonstrate safe riding at a trot or canter. Also, please note that programs and rides are subject to availability and weather conditions. In extreme heat or cold, all rides will be walk-only. In this case, to ensure the safety of the horses and guests, the stables manager can reschedule or cancel rides. We does not ride in a thunderstorm or high winds. 


If you are an experienced rider please call us for Trail Riding availability at 540-371-0094.