Horseback Riding Summer Camp

By: Lily Woods

Horseback riding has been popular for centuries for a many reasons. Soon, horseback riding became a primary mode of travel. In the beginning, horses were primarily used for fighting and hunting. The speed of the horse gave people a great advantage. With the advent of wagons and carriages, people could move themselves and their belongings long distances with comparatively little difficulty.

Today, horseback riding is primarily used for recreation and therapy. Horseback riding camps are available from and to almost anywhere in the world. From Alaska to Mexico, from Botswana to Mongolia, horseback riding camps provide much more than just merely riding through hills and valleys.

Instruction about horse care and grooming are also basic requirements for attending a horse camp. They also teach about different kinds of tack, such as saddles, bridles, halters, bits and other horse gear. Most riding levels are catered to in horseback riding camps, and they are suitable for both novice and experienced riders who may find themselves fortunate enough to own a horse for the first time in their life.

When choosing a horseback riding camp, you must first decide which style of riding your child wants to learn. Western riding is generally associated with cowboys, ranches, and rodeos. Horseback riding camps can be found throughout the United States, and are also known as Dude Ranches or Guest Ranches in many western portions of the country. Popular western riding activities include trail riding and barrel racing. Western saddles were designed with the comfort and security of the rider in mind, so it has a higher seat back (cantle) and front (pommel) so riders feel secure while on the horse.

English riding, on the other hand, generally focuses on jumping, racing and horsemanship. This style of riding requires the horse and rider both to have more freedom of movement, so these saddles don't provide as much support and security as does a Western style saddle. If your child is a first time rider, they might want to consider a Western riding camp.

Horseback riding is great therapy for persons of all ages with physical or mental disabilities. This type of therapy provides a fun environment to practice new skills and existing skills that people are seeking to improve. In addition, they are able to enjoy the benefits of being around people with whom they can easily relate.

If you're looking to do something a little different the next time summer rolls around, consider horseback riding camps whether you own a horse or not. The experiences and fun gained at horseback riding camps will ensure that your stay will be a highlight you'll remember forever.

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