Half -Day Horsemanship Camps
Age: 5 to 18
Days: Monday to Friday
Time: 9 am-12 pm
OR 1 - 4 pm
Special Note: $276.00 for Week 6 b/c it is
a 4-day week due to Heritage Day on
Monday, August 1, 2022.
"Being with horses is as good as playing my video games... almost."
Seb, 10, LTR 2
Clip Clop Half-Day
Horsemanship Camps are filled with fun and interesting horse-related activities. Clip Clop Riders are introduced to all things horses through crafts, interactive games and of course, riding lessons!
Our excellent Camp Leaders teach campers about safety around horses and the stables, bonding, the parts of the horse, grooming, tacking and basic horsemanship in both English and Western styles of riding (no previous experience required).
In addition to the Camp Leader, Learning Assistants are present to help all Clip Cloppers.
We have a high ratio of leaders to riders.
Horse time at camp is divided into two parts:
Horse Play – Riders learn horsemanship skills through theory and hands-on; anatomy, nutrition, feeding, caring for horses, by engaging in fun activities and games.
Riding – Our goal is that riders learn learn how to ride, lead, brush and tack up horses, and we teach this on Buddy Horses (practice model horses) prior to moving onto live horses in order to ensure safety, confidence, and knowledge. The riders rave about this feature and report that they are super glad they learned the many skills of grooming, tacking, mounting/dismounting, and haltering before they fu(n)mbled through it on live horses.
Rider's Choice - the decision is in their hands.
Depending on the confidence, experience level, and desire to ride of the individual rider, riders are supported in making their own decision to:
ride a horse,
share a horse (many kids love this),
lead a horse or
watch others before riding on their own.
We have a *99.95% success rate of riders riding, at their level, confidently, by the end of camp!
*In 2020 we had one little rider who was going to hold us to our promise that we wouldn't push, coerce, beg, plead or insist that she ride when she "wasn't quite ready this year", so she practiced her leader-ship skills by:
1. making decisions that were right for her and,
2. established her leadership and confidence with her horse by leading him from the ground...everywhere.
She returned the following year and declared she was "quite ready".
She rode beautifully.
Hence, why we downgraded from our 100% success rating.
June 27 - July 1
July 4- 8
July 11 - 15
July 18 -22
July 25 - 29
August 2- 5
Tuesday - Friday
August Long Weekend
August 8 -12
August 15 - 19
August 22- 26
Learning to Lead is Good Riding Says Clip Clop!
At Clip Clop, we place an equal value on horseback riding skills and horsemanship skills.
Learning to Lead is good riding- learning how to be a LEAD-er to the horse is the MOST important skill a rider can learn BEFORE they ride.
Our riders learn about ALL of the skills of building a solid foundation of horsemanship.
Please be excited and expect for your child to learn the skills to become a Leader through the horsemanship skills attained both off and on the horse!
Children LOVE to learn about horses!
AT OUR CLIP CLOP CAMPS YOU WILL...
Participate in daily riding/horse handling lessons
Learn horsemanship & leadership skills
Create fun horse crafts
Bond with horses
Increase body awareness
Make new friends (2 & 4-legged)
What to wear:
• Comfortable stretchy pants or riding pants.
• Shirt with sleeves (t-shirts are fine, but nothing sleeveless)
• Boot with 1” heel
• Riding Helmet (if you have, or we'll lend you one).
What to Bring:
• A change of clothes for when not riding (optional) and Running Shoes
• Gloves (optional but suggested)
• A jacket in case it gets cool (no hoodies, scarves or anything loose and hanging.)
• Lunch (Full Day) Snacks (1/2 Day),
• Water Bottle
• Medication, if needed
• Carrots, apples, black licorice (for horses)
• Bug Spray
• Love, enthusiasm, and YOU!