Olde Towne Carriages
of Fredericksburg, VA
Trail riding, Trail riding Lessons & Horse Camp
GET OUTSIDE, CONNECT TO YOUR BREATH AND BE TOUCHED BY A HORSE
- ALEJANDRA LARA
Trials Riding Request
Life Skills and Mindful Horsemanship Camp 2022
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
Arts and crafts
Mindful nature activities
Lots of fun
…. And much more....!
We will only accept 6 children between the ages of 8 - 12 per week.
Time: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Fee: $375 Full Camp, $200 per child for three days or $75 per day (choice your days)
Before Camp and After Camp fee: $15
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.
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.