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    07-06-2012, 02:54 PM
  #1
Foal
Horse camp or lessons?

I have been asked if I want to go to the horse camp this summer, it's three days and we get to go riding and care for the horses. However, it is quite a lot of money so I wouldn't be able to have any lessons for about 6 weeks if I went to it.

Do you think it is worth going?
     
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    07-06-2012, 03:12 PM
  #2
Weanling
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Personally I would choose lessons over camp because of individual attention. However, depends on what your goals are & how old you are. If it is being with other kids & having fun with them for 3 days then a camp can be a blast. Generally though camps are set up for kids who don;t ride on a regular basis so the teaching is very very basic. If you already have been doing lessons you probably know most or all of what they will teach.
     
    07-06-2012, 03:15 PM
  #3
Showing
I'd choose lessons. The kid camps in my area don't teach too much of riding and care. It's fun, but I'd rather take 6 weeks of consistent lessons.
     
    07-06-2012, 03:18 PM
  #4
Foal
I'm 14 and I've been riding for 2 years, the stable owener said me and another girl would be the best riders there. I don't know anything about horse care, I can groom and tack up a horse and that is it, I was hoping that I could learn how to muck out, feed etc, but I don't know whether it would be worth doing it if I would lose all my lessons for the summer.

I was told that most other people at the camp would be younger than me, and I don't really know anyone there. I'm quite shy and my mum said it would be good for me to get to know people.
     
    07-06-2012, 03:35 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by vergo97    
I'm 14 and I've been riding for 2 years, the stable owener said me and another girl would be the best riders there. I don't know anything about horse care, I can groom and tack up a horse and that is it, I was hoping that I could learn how to muck out, feed etc, but I don't know whether it would be worth doing it if I would lose all my lessons for the summer.

I was told that most other people at the camp would be younger than me, and I don't really know anyone there. I'm quite shy and my mum said it would be good for me to get to know people.
I would choose lessons! I agree with your mum about mtg people but doesn't sound like this one is a good fit. Is there a small group of kids at the barn that you can do group lessons with? It is a great way to meet & get to know kids near your age with the same interest. With 2 years of riding & the kids being younger..my best guess is boring or you'll end up teaching them *not necessarily a bad thing*
     
    07-06-2012, 03:37 PM
  #6
Started
If you are on good terms with the person you take lessons from you could always just ask them if they would mind if for a certain amount of days a week can you work with one of the employees to get experience doing everything from mucking stalls and growing my knowledge.
If you volunteer your time they are usually very happy to teach you.

But I would stick with lessons I did one kids camp with horses before and it was a waste :(
     
    07-06-2012, 04:04 PM
  #7
Foal
I think I'll tell my mum I'll give it a miss then.

I would ask to help out at the stables, but my mum doesn't want me too because I'd have to make a commitment to be there every week, and she said that she isn't willing to sacrifice days out and weekend breaks because I have to be at the stables. She said that people can only spend lots of time with horses if their families are horsey as well and they don't do much else with their lives
     
    07-06-2012, 04:15 PM
  #8
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by vergo97    
I'm 14 and I've been riding for 2 years, the stable owener said me and another girl would be the best riders there. I don't know anything about horse care, I can groom and tack up a horse and that is it, I was hoping that I could learn how to muck out, feed etc, but I don't know whether it would be worth doing it if I would lose all my lessons for the summer.

I was told that most other people at the camp would be younger than me, and I don't really know anyone there. I'm quite shy and my mum said it would be good for me to get to know people.
I am sure where you take lessons they would let you muck as many stall as you want and show you how to feed.
     
    07-06-2012, 04:22 PM
  #9
Weanling
I work at a horse camp and can tell you that it is a lot of fun, but if you want to learn a lot and really improve and focus on your riding, you should take lessons.
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    07-06-2012, 04:42 PM
  #10
Super Moderator
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I guess I will go against the grain....lol...

Horse Camp may offer you the ability to meet many new people and also share ideas that you might not get during your regular lessons.

Some of my fondest teenage memories and friends we due to camps, meeting new people can always be rewarding.



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