Note: unfortunately, the summer program has been cancelled for 2012. Please check back next year.
Horseback Riding and Equine Care for Boys and Girls
We offer a horse-themed camp each summer for boys and girls ages 6 to 14. Every student's favorite activity seems to be horseback riding! We teach the children about horses and riding from the ground up. Students receive daily instruction in horseback riding. Our programs teach horsemanship and will build your child's self-confidence.
What Do Students Do?
Safety is our first priority. Students will learn by doing everything from horse feeding, tacking (putting equipment on the horse), washing and grooming as well as identifying the parts of a horse, saddle and bridle in addition to a daily riding lesson. Our summer horseback program is designed for ages 6-14. We cannot take students under the age of 6 due to the Massachusetts Equine Liability Act.
What is the Cost?
The program fee is (TBD) of which $125 is required as a non-refundable deposit by May 30th, 2012. The full fee is required to reserve a spot after May 30th. In any case, the balance is due on the first day of your child's session. Checks should be made out to Ridge Valley Stables, Inc.
When are the Sessions Held?
We typically run a total of 7 sessions over the course of the summer. All sessions will be from 8 am to noon, Monday through Wednesday. For the safety of the riders, we reserve the right to reschedule or cancel riding lesson due to inclement weather. Whether your child attends one session of many, we will ensure that they benefit from each session.
All sessions will be from 8 AM - 12 NOON, Monday through Wednesday. There is a $10.00 per 30 mins penalty for late pick-ups. Students will not eat lunch at the ranch due to E. Coli concerns unless there is a medical reason. Please have your child eat a big breakfast before coming to class and sunscreen should be applied before coming each day! We also require a medical and liability release prior to riding.
Riders must wear jeans and appropriate footwear — paddock, riding, or cowboy boots are preferred — NO HIKING BOOTS. Helmets are required for horseback riding and we have helmets available to borrow. For more information on clothing, see the general page on what to wear.
So that the children are as relaxed as possible, we would prefer not to have the parents stay and watch. However, please note that security is very important to us. Our staff is kind, caring and attentive and since our inception, we have had no injuries or harm to students in any way. We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel riding lesson due to inclement weather.
We require the following forms on the first day of camp:
- Registration Form
- Medical Form
- Liability Waiver form (here) signed by both parents or legal guardian(s)
Typical Lesson Plan
- Introduction to Stables and Horses
- Basic Horse Safety
- Nutrition and Feeding
- Approaching and Leading
- Grooming, Saddling & Bridling (Tacking Up)
- Riding: starting, Stopping, and Steering
- Grooming & Tacking Up
- Leading, Halter Exercises & Voice Commands
- Instructor Demonstration
- Riding Lesson & Exercises
- Horse Bathing (Weather Permitting)
- Grooming & Tacking Up
- Riding Lesson and Exercises
- Photos with your Horse
- Educational Session — Parts of the Horse, Saddle, Bridle
- Horseman's Talk (Lingo)
- Q & A Session
Session List for 2013
Please call Terry Therrien to inquire about sessions for 2013.