Looking for a place my daughter and I can learn how to care for horses together - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 9 Old 11-26-2017, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for a place my daughter and I can learn how to care for horses together

Hello, my daughter is 12 and has wanted a horse since she was about 2. We think this might be the year, but first she and I want some concentrated experience working with horses. I'm looking for a "daddy daughter horse care camp" if one exists. Do you have any suggestions?

We have some acreage and other large and small farm animals, so no strangers to the commitments required. Grace has also had riding and care lessons before, as has her mother. We just really want a work camp where we can really gain good experience specific to horse care and riding. But heavier on the care, grooming and barn work parts.

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-26-2017, 07:33 AM
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I personally haven't seen this for saddle horses in our area. I can say that where my child takes lessons all of that is covered when they first start riding and concentrated on on rain days when they can't ride. The instructor does private and group and has no problem with adults in lessons. I rode in lessons one year with mine when he just needed that. Currently one of the ladies that wants to focus on jumping rides in his lesson. The instructor does do a horse camp for kids in the summer with each week being a different level and focus. 8 - 12 each day - not a stay over camp. No adults though. Don't know what she'd say if you asked - she'd probably make separate arrangements. Now with drafts I have been to multiple training schools. These were out of town, camp runs from sun up to sun down. They feed you and for some, housed you. Older kids that want to learn are welcome with an adult. Each school focuses on different things but the beginner schools I think have basic care and feeding. These aren't riding oriented. They are driving schools whether it is cart work, farming or logging. Good luck finding something. Kudos to you for getting involved. I love the time I spend with the horses with my child.
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post #3 of 9 Old 11-26-2017, 09:37 AM
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Don't know of any programs like that; most people wouldn't like the intense work LOL.

What would be good to learn is to volunteer at a therapeutic riding program or hippotherapy as it is called.

The Helen Keller Deaf & Blind school is a few towns away from me. They have a really nice stable and riding program for the kids there. The Marianne Greene Henry Arena Wouldn't be possible without volunteers and many of the volunteers go for training to become instructors.

Excellent place to learn many aspects of barn management and learn riding at a very basic level.

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post #4 of 9 Old 11-26-2017, 12:42 PM
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I agree with the volunteering. I'm lucky that my stable is owned by the county parks system, and always needs volunteers. I have been volunteering for the last six months and I have learned so much about horses that I would have never learned with just riding lessons. Basic stuff like feeding and mucking, but also more advance things like treating a hoof abcess. It's been great.

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post #5 of 9 Old 11-27-2017, 06:19 AM
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You are definitely looking at this in the right way regarding horse ownership-I wish more parents would get fully involved before jumping into horse ownership with a child. Too many don't and are overwhelmed by what's involved!

Unfortunately most horse camps last about a week and are completely geared towards horse crazy young girls. There are generally 2 different types but in neither case have I seen any of the girls come back with much knowledge. The very casual, very unprofessional horse camp where the girls are taught some really ridiculous things and the higher end stables where the stable is looking for future lesson business. Not a great learning experience with 10-14 young girls hanging around. Some will go on to lessons and ownership but not most!

Look for a more casual situation with an instructor that understands that you both need to learn a lot more than riding. One that understands that you want to own. Split your lessons between the two of you and ask the instructor for time learning and working with the horses on the ground. Both of you will learn a lot more in a one-on-one individual situation and there are people out there that will be willing to help you with that!
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post #6 of 9 Old 11-27-2017, 11:03 AM
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I wish more prospective horse owners would do something like this
Like others I think your best starting point would be to find a properly run rescue centre or something along those lines as they're usually glad of willing hands to help with chores and so you can learn while you do something worthwhile
You could ask local horse vets for recommendations

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post #7 of 9 Old 11-27-2017, 05:51 PM
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Volunteering is an EXCELLENT idea, as well as getting regular lessons. I've seen local horse people who had lesson programs, who were only too happy to teach horsemanship to the parents as well. Volunteering together is a great way to learn skills and horse care, while also supporting a great cause that is always in need of manpower.
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-28-2017, 11:51 AM
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I can think of a couple of options-
1. A horse/dude ranch type vacation where you can learn and help out with horses and do trail rides.

2. Start taking lessons at a lesson barn that lets you be a working student. The lesson barn we go to has several people that work in exchange for lessons- you can learn a lot.

3. Volunteer at a therapeutic riding center or horse rescue.
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-28-2017, 12:31 PM
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Contact Stacey Carpenter at Indian Hollow Stables - I'm sure she can figure out something for you.

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