Keeping with the theme of this year, we were still able to have fun with our summer camp while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Our campers spent four days riding, playing games, making cookies, and learning lots about horsemanship topics ranging from parts of the horse to bandaging to veterinary care!
The first day of camp involved group lessons in the morning, coloring pages to learn horse colors, bareback rides, and labeling parts of the horse with masking tape!
The highlight of day two was playing mounted games on our saintly ponies -- teams of 3 painted each of their ponies with team colors and battled it out over several rounds of relay races. The red and purple team, Team Lucille, took the win! We also had fun morning lessons, the older kids learned how to lunge, and the younger kids learned how to jog a horse.
The rain didn't stop our fun on day three of camp... lessons got rained out so the campers were lucky enough to each get short lessons on the Equicizer horse simulator instead! They were able to practice their balance and position around a simulated show jumping course -- some of them haven't even jumped on a real horse! In the barn we had horsemanship lessons on applying stable bandages/polo wraps and how to age a horse by its teeth. To finish the day we made treats for our horses and did some foot jumping.
On the fourth and final day of camp we rode bareback in the morning again... and took some goofy pictures on our tolerant horses! In the barn we learned how to clean and bed a stall, and Dr. Matt from Tennessee Equine Hospital gave a short presentation on radiography and let the campers see x-rays of a horse's hoof, lower leg, and teeth. After lunch we decorated horse-shaped cookies and had a horsemanship scavenger hunt/race based on everything the campers learned this week. Such a fun week for everyone and we can't wait to make it a yearly event!