Flying Changes Center Summer Day Camp is a full day experience for youngsters ages 8 to 18. Our goal is to offer youngsters an opportunity to gain self-confidence and horsemanship skills as they interact with each other and with the horses all while having fun.
Each five day session gives campers the opportunity to ride, carriage drive, and vault on horseback as well as an exposure to the work and responsibility of equine care. Special activities may include visits from equine care professionals who will discuss health issues in greater depth, drill team exercises choreographed to music and field trips to enrich knowledge of the different breeds and styles of horsemanship.
The camper will accept responsibility and care for "their" horse for the week, including feeding and watering, stall maintenance, bathing and grooming and basic first aid. Prior to riding, campers will be taught the many steps involved in grooming and tacking up and will learn to maintain their equipment. Taking on the nurturing of another living being brings with it learning that is difficult to replicate elsewhere, and our young riders quickly develop an appreciation for sharing the presence of our magnificent and very special horses.
Mounted activities will focus on the campers current abilities and provide guided skill development. Beginners will learn the essential rules of safe horsemanship while working in a program that emphasizes step-by-step skill acquisition.
Vaulting is a gymnastic-like activity that helps young riders gain balance and confidence. Riders perform basic compulsory movements either singly or in pairs on a horse controlled by the instructor - moves that are very like regular gymnastics. Carriage driving is yet one more way to enjoy horses, and our miniature driving horse, Erwin, is a master at teaching beginners. Driving emphasizes communication with a horse.
Getting to know each other and make new two-legged friends is also a wonderfully exciting side to camp. Campers are encouraged to work together throughout the day as they share the joys of being around horses.
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