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    07-06-2012, 09:32 PM
  #11
Foal
I agree with the first response, I feel as though lessons may be more beneficial to you in the long run.
     
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    07-07-2012, 02:39 AM
  #12
Banned
Horse camp
     
    07-07-2012, 06:47 AM
  #13
Weanling
I agree with SouthernTrails Horse camps are actually epic! You learn so much and they're really good fun. I've been the oldest at a couple I've been to and it made it more fun in some ways cz the younger kids look up to you, and you go back to your 10 yrold days and play around again!

You could try sweet-talking your parents into letting you stick around the stables you ride at for an hour or so before/after your lessons and gain experience that way. Ask the stables, but most are happy for the free help!

If you have to chose between camp and 6 weeks of lessons, and the stables is open to helpers, you could strike a deal with your parents where you miss those weeks during the schoool holidays, but cycle to the stables (if possible) and help during the holidays so you still get your horsey fix without paying for lessons!

(Oh and my local stables gives free lessons if you help out for a while *cheeky grin*)
     
    07-07-2012, 06:56 AM
  #14
Weanling
If it is a good horse camp, it is worth going to. My daughter's farm has day camps and summer camps, and though I agree with the other poster's that you won't get the one on one attention, you may get to do things that you wouldn't normally do in a lesson. Ride bareback, learn horse care and facts, try different riding styles, play games on horseback, try out different horses, work around different horses of all ages, etc.

I learned to ride at a day camp and it is some of the best memories I have of childhood.
     
    07-07-2012, 12:36 PM
  #15
Yearling
Those who are pros to the Horse Camp -

I believe that Horse Camp is amazing, fun, and one of the best experiances you could have. IF in the right situation. In this case, the OP has even admitted that this is a dry basics beginner camp, where she will be more likely to be TEACHING the camp ;) There will only be one other girl her age. It would be more like babysitting. And after this experiance, which I doubt she will learn much from, she will be out 6 weeks of good learning time!

Lessons, all the way :) Save the horse camp for a later time for a diff. Camp that you will fit better into ;)
     
    07-07-2012, 01:12 PM
  #16
Weanling
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Originally Posted by xJumperx    
Those who are pros to the Horse Camp -

I believe that Horse Camp is amazing, fun, and one of the best experiances you could have. IF in the right situation. In this case, the OP has even admitted that this is a dry basics beginner camp, where she will be more likely to be TEACHING the camp ;) There will only be one other girl her age. It would be more like babysitting. And after this experiance, which I doubt she will learn much from, she will be out 6 weeks of good learning time!

Lessons, all the way :) Save the horse camp for a later time for a diff. Camp that you will fit better into ;)
I must have missed the part where she said she would be teaching. I thought she said that she would be one of the better riders and probably the oldest (but not by how much). However, she also said she didn't know anything about other factions of horse care other then riding. And I assume that she probably only rides one style. So maybe she would be a better rider in her style but she will have the opportunity to ride other styles.
     
    07-07-2012, 02:37 PM
  #17
Foal
I'm not sure if I would be able to help out at the stables during the holidays because they would want me to commit to being there certain days of the week, and my mum has already said she doesn't want my riding/time at the stables to impact on things the family does, like days out.

What kind of stuff is the basics? Even though I have been having lessons for two years, I know hardly anything about horse care.

Another thing I didn't mention is that my friend is getting a horse this weekend and said that I could go and visit him in about a week, or some time in the holidays, and I'm hoping that she could teach me some stuff then. Obviously I wont be able to visit her horse that often though, but I could go and visit one or two days in the holidays and that is almost as long as the horse camp would be. But that wouldn't help me get to know people at the stables though (I don't know anyone there very well).

I would really like to try riding bareback and I asked about it once in a lesson, but I was told that people only ride bareback on pony days/horse camp.
     
    07-07-2012, 04:50 PM
  #18
Weanling
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Truly my belief is that there is benefit to every thing you do around horses to increase your experience. I don't think either decision you make will be wrong...the "horse care" that you seem to crave is usually not taught in camps or lessons unless you ask (probably easier during lessons because it is 1:1 with a trainer) My kids both were camp counselors because their knowledge for out weighed the campers when they were 7 & 11 years old but we had horses! The things that were taught is how to groom...everyone joined in & gave a couple horses a bubble bath, there were games, popsicles, and they did a little arena riding...the horses were tacked up for them by my kids * the other counselors, they had to share horses & take turns..the kids seemed to have a lot of fun but again most of them were not lesson kids or kids with horses so it was an exciting experience. Do what your heart is telling you to do. Bareback riding truly is not that big of a deal especially in the summer when you & the horse will be sweaty. But if that is important to you to try then go for it!! It is great that your friend is getting a horse you will probably learn a ton of care from hanging out with her.
     
    07-07-2012, 09:58 PM
  #19
Yearling
As people have said, no wrong decisions :) I think your more asking horse care vs. riding than horse camp vs. lessons though ;) So weigh your options - which would you rather be learning right now - How to take care of a horse, or how to ride a horse? (I know you know had to ride, you know what I mean :p) Whatever you do will be a fun experiance :)
     
    07-07-2012, 10:03 PM
  #20
Showing
I would say it would totally depend on the camp. There's good and bad.

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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
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.
I just got a new student for that reason. Went to a camp and learned absolutely nothing. For what they spent on this camp, she could have had A LOT of lessons. She told her mom that she learned more in 1 lesson than she did in a week at camp.

I will say though when I was younger I went to a few legitimate horsemanship camps. They were all hosted by trainers at private barns, not a girl scout/summer camp type of deal.
     

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