Success With Horses = Success With Life

W.L. Lorimer, founder of Lorimer Family Camps, included the cavalry style of horsemanship along with the athletics, aquatics, and outdoor skills that were the basics for all camps in the early 1900s. More than that, he believed that the responsibility for feeding, grooming, and cleaning — along with the art of handling and communicating with the horses — encouraged positive growth for the campers and influenced their success as adults.

Riding Programs at Camp: Enrichment of a Different Kind

Horseback riding has deep roots in the history of American summer camps, but stereotypical images of the expense and elitism of riding may get in the way of a full appreciation of the benefit and relevance of this activity today. Children need activities that foster empathy and compassion, responsibility and self-control. Skill-based riding programs provide for the development of a set of competencies that contribute to self-esteem and physical fitness. And achieving a working "friendship" with a horse remains a particularly empowering experience for both boys and girls.

Take Your Horse to Camp

Another way to increase usage at camp facilities is to allow people to bring their own horses to camp. Both youth and adults will have this interest and appreciate having a location to camp with their equine friend. Attending camp with a horse can strengthen the understanding and communication between the two and four-legged members of the team. The therapeutic value of horses at camps is well documented. (See the March/April 2004 Camping Magazine article, "Equestrian Programs at Camp—Tradition and Fun.")

Using Horsemanship Programs to Serve Special Needs Populations

Horsemanship programs can be an effective and exciting strategy for meeting the needs of a range of camp audiences.  Join Master Instructors Tammi Gainer and Christy Landwehr from the Certified Horsemanship Association as they talk about starting and/or maintaining programs at your camps for horseback riders with disabilities and youth at-risk.  Equipment, tack, type of horses and instructor training will be discussed.  Fundraising ideas to support these types of programs and opportunities will also be shared as well as effective marketing strategies.  Bring your questions!

Risk Management Essentials for Camp Horseback Riding Programs

A horse is not a bike or a dog as many kids are used to and the safety concerns are different. This webinar will help camp management train their staff for potential risk areas in a horseback riding program including such factors as horses, clients, facility, trails, arenas, documentation, supervision, tack, staff, finances, public relations, etc.  Each will be discussed and then numerous solutions for each of these risk areas will be provided.

Through this webinar participants will learn about:

Teaching Techniques for Horseback Riding Instructors

Group riding lessons can be very challenging as riders are at many different skill levels. This webinar will address the learning process, types of learners, teaching styles, lesson plans for different skill levels in the arena or on the trail at the same time, age characteristics of riders, methods of presentation, and common equitation problems and solutions.

Learner Ourcomes:
Through this webinar participants will learn about:

Care, Feeding, Horse Safety – They’re All Related!

Horse and herd management is very important when it comes to the success of your horse program at your camp. This webinar will discuss best practices when it comes to housing, feeding and maintaining the equines in your program. We will discuss stabling, fencing, arenas, trails, tack, feed and feeding, hoof care, deworming, and much more. Come and join us with your questions and answers as well. NOTE THAT ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN STANDARD TIME ZONE!