Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Why Summer Horse Camp is Right for Your Children


Summer will be upon us soon. There's no doubt that you want to plan some fun activities for your children during the school break and the week-long summer horsemanship camps at Suncoast Stables provide some great benefits.

First, camps offer an ideal way for your children to gauge their interest in horses without a large financial or time commitment. Maybe they've been a little interested in horseback riding, but not enough to sign up for weekly lessons. Perhaps they like horses, but haven't really spent time with them. Consider summer camp a trial run, where children will gain an appreciation for the combination of power, grace, and fun-loving attitude that horses display, all while in a safe environment.

Summer camp also teaches responsibility (but in a fun way).  Your children will not only ride horses, but learn about proper care, such as feeding, grooming, how to tack, and how to clean stalls.  They'll familiarize themselves with the equipment necessary to ride and even learn some horse anatomy. 

Week-long summer camps are also a great way for your children to have fun in a supportive  environment. There's no need to be apprehensive, as Suncoast Stables provides horses that can accommodate various skill levels, from beginner to advanced.  Since safety is the number one priority, campers will be comfortable while riding and are in good hands with the instructor and older riders with more experience. Campers will engage in activities with others of a similar age group.

Summer camps, at the very least, are a great experience for children and could even ignite their passion for riding horses. Perhaps the goal of becoming an advanced rider or the thrill of winning blue ribbons at local academy-level competitions (which don't require your own horse) will begin for your children this summer.

Suncoast Stables, which has earned a 100% customer recommendation rating on Groupon and a 5-star rating on Yelp, is holding six different 5-day summer camps this year:

Camp 1: June 22-26
Camp 2: June 29-July 3
Camp 3: July 13-17
Camp 4: July 27-31
Camp 5: August 3-7
Camp 6: August 10-14

Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day and is open to children ages 6-18.

Registration forms, which include more information about camp, are available here

In addition, the Boots, Bits, and Bridles Youth Club meeting is this Friday, April 24, at 6pm. The club is open to all of our riders under age 18.