About Horse Camp
Our goal is to do more than simply offer summer pony rides to kids – we offer each student a great opportunity to discover what riding, horsemanship, and horses are all about through hands-on activities designed to delight and enrich every camper. At Far West Farms Summer Horsemanship Camp the emphasis is on having fun while also nurturing a young rider’s love and understanding of horses. (Be sure to sign up early because each camp session is limited to a specific number to ensure that everyone gets to ride and fully participate in activities.)
Students ride in the morning in a group lesson with other students at their level and then participate in hands-on horsemanship activities on horse care-related topics such as grooming, equine anatomy, equipment and horse showing. We break for lunch during the afternoon and offer daily game and/or craft time so kids can relax and connect with each other. We finish the day with the Adopt-A-Horse Program in which campers adopt a horse for the session to learn what it takes to love and care her own horse. We also have some fantastic field trips planned in the afternoon (see camp schedule) to give the kids a fun-filled day packed with horse related activities and adventures!
Camp Photos from Past Sessions
A Hands-On Approach to Learning and Having Fun
When the students are not riding, their time is spent caring for the horses and learning “everything horses” through a wide variety of hands-on activities. Being totally immersed in horses all week riding, bathing, and even learning the anatomy of the horse will allow your child to experience the joy of being with horses both on the ground and while in the saddle.
We strive to keep campers both physically and mentally engaged. Have a budding equine veterinarian? Our in-house vet offers an interactive, kid-friendly lecture and question and answer session about horses and their care. Some of our previous guests have included horse trainers, guide dog trainers, and live polo pony demonstrations. During each of these events, campers get to participate in some way and gain exposure to new things.
To keep things fun and fresh, a new activity is planned for each afternoon; whether it is riding bareback, people jumping, a field trip, or swimming, Far West Farms allows all students a fun break to let loose and play with their new friends (both human and the horse kind)!
We Welcome Newcomers and Beginners
Our horse camp program is a great way to dive right in and learn basic horse care and riding skills. Kids who have no riding experience will be required to take a few lessons at Far West to be sure that they are able to safely participate in our camp’s group riding lessons. Our winter and summer camps offer kids ages 8-13, a great introduction into the world of horses, but our program is also perfect for kids who have already had riding lessons.
In addition to daily riding lessons and other camp activities, campers will learn about tack and equipment, how to care for your own horse or pony, the differences between riding jumping disciplines, and will be able to watch advanced riders and trainers demonstrate various skills. Our fun-filled days are designed to give each student, regardless of their riding level, a great learning experience and plenty of ride time while at camp.
Saturday Horsemanship Program
We are excited to offer a Saturday Afternoon Horsemanship program at Far West.
When: Two Saturdays per month October-May
The program runs from 12-2:30 and includes:
- Horsemanship lessons and guest speakers, on horse-related topics such as equine first aid and illness, equine anatomy, tack and hunter-jumper horse showing.
- Hands-On Horsemanship skills such as assembling a bridle, bandaging, and horse handling skills.
- Adopt-a-Horse – Each camper will adopt a horse and learn what it takes to care for her/his own horse.
Ages: 8 and older
Please Note: Riding lessons are not included in this program. Call the Far West Office at (818) 591-2180 about scheduling lessons before or after.
Join us for a summer of horses, fun and friendships, including:
- Daily horseback riding lessons
- Hands-on horse care
- Games on horseback
- Field trips
- Arts and crafts
Sessions: Join in any or all of our seven, 4-day sessions (Tuesday through Friday)
Time: 8:45 AM to 3:15 PM (extended care may be available for an additional fee)
Cost: $475 per week
2019 Summer Camp Schedule