Horseback riding camps

Find camps that specialize in horseback riding listed below

For girls and boys who love horses, there’s no better way to indulge this passion than a horseback riding camp like those listed below. Underneath the list of top horse camps, there are many other camps that offer riding activities as part of other typical programming. Further down the page, we offer professional advice on finding camps in your area, what to look for, and how your daughter or son can get prepared. Read more


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Camps and programs below offer dedicated training in horseback riding, including specialized equestrian training, likely on a daily basis. Many are staffed by professional equestrians. Consult camps to learn more about what they offer.

Teen Ranch  

Caledon; Virtual Program

  • Sport (multi)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp

Just an hour from the GTA, a traditional Christian summer camp & year round retreat facility, specializing in developing youth through horse, hockey, adventure, bmx, soccer, figure skate, ninja warrior, WHAM & day camps. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $320/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed3205-180Caledon, Ontario, Virtual Program, Sport (multi)Teen RanchJust an hour from the GTA, a traditional Christian summer camp & year round retreat facility, specializing in developing youth through horse, hockey, adventure, bmx, soccer, figure skate, ninja warrior, WHAM & day camps. Caledon, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed

InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake  

Ontario (4); Virtual Program (2)

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp, Family camp

Circle Square Ranch is a life changing Christian summer camp for kids and teens ages 6-17. We offer a wide range of activities including horseback riding, water sports and ropes. Your summer adventure starts here! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $299/week
Overnight camp, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys2996-171Hamilton, Huntsville, Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, Virtual ProgramTraditional (multi activity) InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear LakeCircle Square Ranch is a life changing Christian summer camp for kids and teens ages 6-17. We offer a wide range of activities including horseback riding, water sports and ropes. Your summer adventure starts here! Hamilton, Huntsville, Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, Virtual Program Overnight camp, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys

InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Grand River  

Brantford; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Both a day camp and an overnight camp, offering exciting programs such as horsemanship, swimming, high ropes, climbing wall, archery, campfires, tomahawks, and many more. Excellent Leadership Camps available for teens. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 16
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $235/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys2355-162Brantford, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Grand RiverBoth a day camp and an overnight camp, offering exciting programs such as horsemanship, swimming, high ropes, climbing wall, archery, campfires, tomahawks, and many more. Excellent Leadership Camps available for teens. Brantford, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys

InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Alberta  

Rocky Mountain House; Sundre; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp

Pioneer Camp Alberta is a Christian summer camp with two beautiful locations in Sundre & Rocky Mountain House, AB. Get ready for exploration, adventure,creation, challenge, growth, skill development, and of course, fun! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 19
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $79/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys795-193Rocky Mountain House, AB, Sundre, Alberta, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) InterVarsity Pioneer Camp AlbertaPioneer Camp Alberta is a Christian summer camp with two beautiful locations in Sundre & Rocky Mountain House, AB. Get ready for exploration, adventure,creation, challenge, growth, skill development, and of course, fun! Rocky Mountain House, AB, Sundre, Alberta, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed, Girls, Boys

Glen Bernard Camp  

Huntsville; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

A traditional overnight summer camp for girls offering wilderness adventure, horseback riding, sailing, swimming and lifesaving, arts and many other activities! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Girls
  • from $1,260/week
Overnight camp Girls12604-164Huntsville, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Glen Bernard CampA traditional overnight summer camp for girls offering wilderness adventure, horseback riding, sailing, swimming and lifesaving, arts and many other activities! Huntsville, Ontario, Virtual Program, Overnight camp Girls

Frontier Trails Camp & Outdoor Education Centre  

Ottawa; Eganville; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Adventure Begins at Summer camp! Day and overnight programs and many activities including horseback riding,ESL, paintball, archery, whitewater rafting and more. Offering Awesome memories to campers from 5-16 . Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $699/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed6994-165Ottawa, Ontario, Eganville, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Frontier Trails Camp & Outdoor Education CentreAdventure Begins at Summer camp! Day and overnight programs and many activities including horseback riding,ESL, paintball, archery, whitewater rafting and more. Offering Awesome memories to campers from 5-16 . Ottawa, Ontario, Eganville, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Halkirk  

Halkirk; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Circle Square Ranch is a children's summer camp providing adventure filled camp experiences. One of nine InterVarsity Camps across Canada, our programs include horsemanship, climbing, archery, swimming and so much more! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $496/week
Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys4966-176Halkirk, Alberta, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch HalkirkCircle Square Ranch is a children's summer camp providing adventure filled camp experiences. One of nine InterVarsity Camps across Canada, our programs include horsemanship, climbing, archery, swimming and so much more! Halkirk, Alberta, Virtual Program, Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys

Ranch Massawippi  

Roxton Pond; Virtual Program

  • Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

A very unique camp specialized in horseback riding and offers a variety of outdoor activities at the same time. Our 40 ponies and school horses make us a well renown French camp in Quebec for the past 59 years. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $375/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed3755-167Roxton Pond, Quebec, Virtual Program, Sport: Horseback Riding/EquestrianRanch MassawippiA very unique camp specialized in horseback riding and offers a variety of outdoor activities at the same time. Our 40 ponies and school horses make us a well renown French camp in Quebec for the past 59 years. Roxton Pond, Quebec, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

City of Toronto - Specialty Plus Camps  

Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto; Brampton; Virtual Program

  • Science: Nature/Environment
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Looking to enjoy nature and being outdoors, these camps are for you! Camp Naorca & Camp Claireville both provide fun, hands-on opportunities to discover the hidden wonders and importance of Toronto’s parks and gardens. Read more...

  • Ages 4.5 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $200/2 weeks
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed2004.5-158Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto, Ontario, Brampton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Science: Nature/EnvironmentCity of Toronto - Specialty Plus CampsLooking to enjoy nature and being outdoors, these camps are for you! Camp Naorca & Camp Claireville both provide fun, hands-on opportunities to discover the hidden wonders and importance of Toronto’s parks and gardens. Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto, Ontario, Brampton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Wildhorse Camp  

Rocky Mountain House; Virtual Program

  • Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
  • Overnight camp

Heartbeats and Hoofbeats - A unique stay where you immerse yourself in our horse culture! Take lessons, learn new skills and practice out in the fields and forests of our beautiful Ranch. Just Ride! Read more...

  • Ages 11 to 17
  • Girls
  • from $750/week
Overnight camp Girls75011-179Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Virtual Program, Sport: Horseback Riding/EquestrianWildhorse CampHeartbeats and Hoofbeats - A unique stay where you immerse yourself in our horse culture! Take lessons, learn new skills and practice out in the fields and forests of our beautiful Ranch. Just Ride! Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Virtual Program, Overnight camp Girls

Fire Fly Stables  

Hamilton; Virtual Program

  • Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp

Learn to ride English on well trained horses. Daily riding lessons, theory & practical in the barn, arts/crafts, team building and of course a few camp traditions. Year round lessons with all weather riding facilities. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $350/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Coed3506-1810Hamilton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Sport: Horseback Riding/EquestrianFire Fly StablesLearn to ride English on well trained horses. Daily riding lessons, theory & practical in the barn, arts/crafts, team building and of course a few camp traditions. Year round lessons with all weather riding facilities. Hamilton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Creditview Farms Inc.  

Brampton; Virtual Program

  • Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
  • Day camp, Program

HORSES! HORSES! HORSES! Spend your Summer Days riding, grooming and learning to take care of happy, friendly Horses and all only minutes from the City! Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $400/week
Day camp, Program Coed4008-1411Brampton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Sport: Horseback Riding/EquestrianCreditview Farms Inc.HORSES! HORSES! HORSES! Spend your Summer Days riding, grooming and learning to take care of happy, friendly Horses and all only minutes from the City! Brampton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Kemur Equestrian Girls Camp  

Cambridge; Virtual Program

  • Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
  • Overnight camp

Since 1969 we have been welcoming horse lovers to our picturesque 250 acre farm. . Beginner to advanced riders welcome. We carefully select a horse or pony suitable to each girl's level. Come feel the Kemur magic! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 14
  • Girls
  • from $1,200/week
Overnight camp Girls12006-1412Cambridge, Ontario, Virtual Program, Sport: Horseback Riding/EquestrianKemur Equestrian Girls CampSince 1969 we have been welcoming horse lovers to our picturesque 250 acre farm. . Beginner to advanced riders welcome. We carefully select a horse or pony suitable to each girl's level. Come feel the Kemur magic! Cambridge, Ontario, Virtual Program, Overnight camp Girls

Sans Souci Riding Centre INC.  

Ste. Clotilde; Virtual Program

  • Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
  • Overnight camp

A specialized co-ed summer camp for children who are passionate about horses and the sport of English riding. Located in Québec, offering a bilingual experience. Awarded the CCA Award of Excellence in 2014. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $1,055/week
Overnight camp Coed10558-1713Ste. Clotilde, Quebec, Virtual Program, Sport: Horseback Riding/EquestrianSans Souci Riding Centre INC.A specialized co-ed summer camp for children who are passionate about horses and the sport of English riding. Located in Québec, offering a bilingual experience. Awarded the CCA Award of Excellence in 2014. Ste. Clotilde, Quebec, Virtual Program, Overnight camp Coed

Whitchurch Riding Academy  

Newmarket; Bridle Path, Toronto; Markham; Virtual Program

  • Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
  • Day camp, Program

Teaching English riding (beginner to advanced) for 40 years, we promote a positive, hands-on horsemanship experience. Daily busing from Toronto and York Region (5 stops). Email for a free tour, or visit our Open House! Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $369/week
Day camp, Program Coed3697-1514Newmarket, Ontario, Bridle Path, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, Ontario, Virtual Program, Sport: Horseback Riding/EquestrianWhitchurch Riding AcademyTeaching English riding (beginner to advanced) for 40 years, we promote a positive, hands-on horsemanship experience. Daily busing from Toronto and York Region (5 stops). Email for a free tour, or visit our Open House! Newmarket, Ontario, Bridle Path, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Saddlewood Riding Camp  

Peterborough Area; Virtual Program

  • Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
  • Overnight camp

A horseback riding camp for girls, located northeast of Toronto. Each camper has their own horse to ride in two lessons per day (English), daily horse care and stable management instruction. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Girls
  • from $1,250/session
Overnight camp Girls12507-1615Peterborough Area, Ontario, Virtual Program, Sport: Horseback Riding/EquestrianSaddlewood Riding CampA horseback riding camp for girls, located northeast of Toronto. Each camper has their own horse to ride in two lessons per day (English), daily horse care and stable management instruction. Peterborough Area, Ontario, Virtual Program, Overnight camp Girls

Belle Wood Equestrian  

Pickering; Virtual Program

  • Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
  • Day camp

A traditional summer camp combined with all elements of Horses from horseback riding, leadership skills, fun & games, arts & crafts and so much more! Don't miss out at Belle Wood this summer Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $365/week
Day camp Coed3657-1516Pickering, Ontario, Virtual Program, Sport: Horseback Riding/EquestrianBelle Wood EquestrianA traditional summer camp combined with all elements of Horses from horseback riding, leadership skills, fun & games, arts & crafts and so much more! Don't miss out at Belle Wood this summer Pickering, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp Coed

Stonewood Equestrian Riding Academy  

Pickering; Virtual Program

  • Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
  • Day camp, Program

A fun horseback riding camp in a beautiful state of the art riding facility. Other games, sports, crafts, swimming and activities galore after spending hours in the saddle. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $425/week
Day camp, Program Coed4256-1617Pickering, Ontario, Virtual Program, Sport: Horseback Riding/EquestrianStonewood Equestrian Riding AcademyA fun horseback riding camp in a beautiful state of the art riding facility. Other games, sports, crafts, swimming and activities galore after spending hours in the saddle. Pickering, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

YMCA of Oakville  

Hamilton; Oakville; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

YMCA of Oakville camps are found at several locations across the community with activities including swimming, day trips and more. Learn more! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $198/session
Day camp Coed1984-1718Hamilton, Ontario, Oakville, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) YMCA of OakvilleYMCA of Oakville camps are found at several locations across the community with activities including swimming, day trips and more. Learn more! Hamilton, Ontario, Oakville, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp Coed

SE Equestrian  

Collingwood; Virtual Program

  • Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
  • Day camp, Program

LOVE HORSES! An immersive horse camp teaching fundamentals of riding and horse care with an emphasis on sportsmanship, safety and fun. Days are filled with riding, games and crafts. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $398/week
Day camp, Program Coed3984-1419Collingwood, Ontario, Virtual Program, Sport: Horseback Riding/EquestrianSE EquestrianLOVE HORSES! An immersive horse camp teaching fundamentals of riding and horse care with an emphasis on sportsmanship, safety and fun. Days are filled with riding, games and crafts. Collingwood, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Camp Cherith - Ontario  

Southern Bruce County; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

This Christian camp includes focuses on theatre arts, horseback riding, canoe tripping and more, situated in the heart of Grey-Bruce in south central Ontario. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $489/week
Overnight camp Coed4896-1620Southern Bruce County, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Camp Cherith - OntarioThis Christian camp includes focuses on theatre arts, horseback riding, canoe tripping and more, situated in the heart of Grey-Bruce in south central Ontario. Southern Bruce County, Ontario, Virtual Program, Overnight camp Coed

YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region  

Ottawa; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Choose active and fun Neighbourhood day camps close to home, with themed weeks and out trips, OR a traditional outdoor day (or overnight) experience at Camp Otonabee with ropes, paddling, nature hikes, swimming and more Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $190/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed1904-1621Ottawa, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital RegionChoose active and fun Neighbourhood day camps close to home, with themed weeks and out trips, OR a traditional outdoor day (or overnight) experience at Camp Otonabee with ropes, paddling, nature hikes, swimming and more Ottawa, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Meadowlarke Stables Sport and Farm Camp  

Acton; Mississauga; Virtual Program

  • Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
  • Day camp, Program, Family camp

A horseback riding camp that includes getting to know horses as well as a variety of farm animals. Days are full of fun and learning, team building skills, arts and crafts and games, are also part of the program. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $280/week
Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed2807-1422Acton, Ontario, Mississauga, Ontario, Virtual Program, Sport: Horseback Riding/EquestrianMeadowlarke Stables Sport and Farm CampA horseback riding camp that includes getting to know horses as well as a variety of farm animals. Days are full of fun and learning, team building skills, arts and crafts and games, are also part of the program. Acton, Ontario, Mississauga, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Timberline Ranch  

Vancouver; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Known for its delicious, home-style food, friendly staff, beautiful, convenient location, and exceptional programs, Timberline is open all year for camps, retreats, youth groups, banquets, and conferences. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 18
  • Coed, Girls
  • from $299/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed, Girls2997-1823Vancouver, British Columbia, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Timberline RanchKnown for its delicious, home-style food, friendly staff, beautiful, convenient location, and exceptional programs, Timberline is open all year for camps, retreats, youth groups, banquets, and conferences. Vancouver, British Columbia, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed, Girls
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Camps and programs below will offer horseback riding among other camp activities.

Camp Muskoka  

Bracebridge; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Boost your camper's self-confidence in a fun, safe & supportive community. Great staff, delicious food, comfy modern lodging and a variety of over 50 activities to choose from! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $1,095/week
Overnight camp Coed10956-160Bracebridge, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Camp MuskokaBoost your camper's self-confidence in a fun, safe & supportive community. Great staff, delicious food, comfy modern lodging and a variety of over 50 activities to choose from! Bracebridge, Ontario, Virtual Program, Overnight camp Coed

Camp Can-Aqua  

Haliburton Highlands; Oakville; Ottawa; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp, Family camp

A traditional camp with diverse programming & exceptional instruction, we believe in teaching kids compromise, patients & empathy. Fun is a given. Through thoughtful & individualized programming, our campers thrive here. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $1,950/2 weeks
Overnight camp, Family camp Coed19505-171Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Oakville, Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Camp Can-AquaA traditional camp with diverse programming & exceptional instruction, we believe in teaching kids compromise, patients & empathy. Fun is a given. Through thoughtful & individualized programming, our campers thrive here. Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Oakville, Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario, Virtual Program, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed

Rocky Ridge Ranch  

Milton; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

This Christian camp has horseback riding, archery, swimming, hockey, cooperative games and more, and boasts 3rd generation campers. Kids have been raving about the wonderful family-style meals for 50 years. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $645/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed6455-172Milton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Rocky Ridge RanchThis Christian camp has horseback riding, archery, swimming, hockey, cooperative games and more, and boasts 3rd generation campers. Kids have been raving about the wonderful family-style meals for 50 years. Milton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Onondaga Camp  

Minden; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

For more than 100 years Onondaga Camp has provided an inclusive environment where young people can play, explore, achieve and grow. Offering over 30 different activities, there is something for everyone! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $1,500/week
Overnight camp Coed15006-163Minden, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Onondaga CampFor more than 100 years Onondaga Camp has provided an inclusive environment where young people can play, explore, achieve and grow. Offering over 30 different activities, there is something for everyone! Minden, Ontario, Virtual Program, Overnight camp Coed

Camp Mini-Yo-We  

Huntsville; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Camp Mini-Yo-We is a traditional, Christian overnight camp offering amazing activities, innovative programs, dedicated staff and a safe place for campers to stretch and grow. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $745/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys7455-174Huntsville, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Camp Mini-Yo-WeCamp Mini-Yo-We is a traditional, Christian overnight camp offering amazing activities, innovative programs, dedicated staff and a safe place for campers to stretch and grow. Huntsville, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys

Adventure Valley  

Throughout Greater Toronto Area; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

Summer day camp for Toronto kids yearning for outdoor adventure. Sports activities include soccer, tennis, swimming and a variety of other outdoor activities. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $350/week
Day camp Coed3504-155Throughout Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Adventure ValleySummer day camp for Toronto kids yearning for outdoor adventure. Sports activities include soccer, tennis, swimming and a variety of other outdoor activities. Throughout Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp Coed

Camp Ecolart  

Montreal; Vancouver; West Vancouver; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

A premium summer and winter camp for boys and girls 4 to 17 years old offering more than 15 different programs in their summer overnight and day camp, and a skiing/snowboarding program in the March break camp. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $240/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed2404-176Montreal, Quebec, Vancouver, British Columbia, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Camp EcolartA premium summer and winter camp for boys and girls 4 to 17 years old offering more than 15 different programs in their summer overnight and day camp, and a skiing/snowboarding program in the March break camp. Montreal, Quebec, Vancouver, British Columbia, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Camp Frenda  

Port Carling; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp, Family camp

Summer camp in the heart of Muskoka. Activities include horseback riding, rock climbing, water skiing, rocketry, archery, and many others. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $640/week
Overnight camp, Family camp Coed6408-167Port Carling, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Camp FrendaSummer camp in the heart of Muskoka. Activities include horseback riding, rock climbing, water skiing, rocketry, archery, and many others. Port Carling, Ontario, Virtual Program, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed

Camp Crossroads  

Torrance; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp

A traditional camp experience in a fresh and dynamic way. Our core Christian teaching, creative staff, excellent food and exciting recreational programs inspire kids and keep them coming back year after year. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $540/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed5408-178Torrance, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Camp CrossroadsA traditional camp experience in a fresh and dynamic way. Our core Christian teaching, creative staff, excellent food and exciting recreational programs inspire kids and keep them coming back year after year. Torrance, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed

Niagara Christian Collegiate  

Fort Erie; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Give your child a fun-filled learning adventure at any of NCC's Summer Camps. Or get a head start on your studies during our August Credit Program! Read more...

  • Ages 11 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $3,550/session
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed355011-179Fort Erie, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Niagara Christian CollegiateGive your child a fun-filled learning adventure at any of NCC's Summer Camps. Or get a head start on your studies during our August Credit Program! Fort Erie, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Learn & Experience  

Shawnigan Lake; International; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

L&E World Camps inspires & nurtures young people with their award winning multi-activity programs in Canada and Europe. The camps can be combined with L&E Teen Travel trips to create a summer experience of a lifetime. Read more...

  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $750/week
Overnight camp Coed7508-1610Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, International, , Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Learn & ExperienceL&E World Camps inspires & nurtures young people with their award winning multi-activity programs in Canada and Europe. The camps can be combined with L&E Teen Travel trips to create a summer experience of a lifetime. Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, International, , Virtual Program, Overnight camp Coed

Camp Ponacka  

Bancroft; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Ponacka boys say camp is "home away from home". A strong emphasis on individual growth in the context of having the most fun ever, learning skills, developing lifelong friendships and great food. What could be better? Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Boys
  • from $2,500/2 weeks
Overnight camp Boys25006-1511Bancroft, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Camp PonackaPonacka boys say camp is "home away from home". A strong emphasis on individual growth in the context of having the most fun ever, learning skills, developing lifelong friendships and great food. What could be better? Bancroft, Ontario, Virtual Program, Overnight camp Boys

Camp Oconto  

Sharbot Lake; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Founded in 1924, Oconto is a traditional girls overnight camp located on the beautiful shores of Eagle Lake north of Kingston, Ontario. Over 20 activities are offered on 80 acres of land and 2km of shoreline. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Girls
  • from $1,280/week
Overnight camp Girls12804-1512Sharbot Lake, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Camp OcontoFounded in 1924, Oconto is a traditional girls overnight camp located on the beautiful shores of Eagle Lake north of Kingston, Ontario. Over 20 activities are offered on 80 acres of land and 2km of shoreline. Sharbot Lake, Ontario, Virtual Program, Overnight camp Girls

Hollows Camp  

Bradford; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

A traditional overnight and day camp located 1 hour north of Toronto. Activities include: canoeing & kayaking, archery, paintball, tennis, trampoline/circus, horseback riding, bushcraft, drama, arts, and swimming. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $400/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed4007-1513Bradford, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Hollows CampA traditional overnight and day camp located 1 hour north of Toronto. Activities include: canoeing & kayaking, archery, paintball, tennis, trampoline/circus, horseback riding, bushcraft, drama, arts, and swimming. Bradford, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Wilvaken  

Magog; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Bilingual (Fr/En) summer experience with water and land sports: sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing, archery, horseback riding, and hiking/canoeing out trips and more. Spend the summer with campers from around the world! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $2,330/2 weeks
Overnight camp Coed23306-1514Magog, Quebec, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) WilvakenBilingual (Fr/En) summer experience with water and land sports: sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing, archery, horseback riding, and hiking/canoeing out trips and more. Spend the summer with campers from around the world! Magog, Quebec, Virtual Program, Overnight camp Coed

InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Wolf Creek  

Wolseley; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

A faith-based, western themed overnight summer camp which encourages young lives to grow spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically in an exciting, fun filled prairie adventure. Register on-line today!! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $300/week
Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys3006-1615Wolseley, Saskatchewan, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Wolf CreekA faith-based, western themed overnight summer camp which encourages young lives to grow spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically in an exciting, fun filled prairie adventure. Register on-line today!! Wolseley, Saskatchewan, Virtual Program, Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys

The Taylor Statten Camps  

Algonquin Park; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Camp Ahmek and Camp Wapomeo offer a balance of canoe tripping and programming. Activities include swimming, canoeing, arts & crafts, horseback riding, sailing and more. Canoe trips range in length from 2 to 50 days. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Girls, Boys
  • from $950/session
Overnight camp Girls, Boys9506-1616Algonquin Park, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) The Taylor Statten CampsCamp Ahmek and Camp Wapomeo offer a balance of canoe tripping and programming. Activities include swimming, canoeing, arts & crafts, horseback riding, sailing and more. Canoe trips range in length from 2 to 50 days. Algonquin Park, Ontario, Virtual Program, Overnight camp Girls, Boys

Venture Academy Summer Program for Troubled Teens  

Kelowna; Barrie; Red Deer; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Supportive & therapeutic environment for struggling students. Assessment, educational support, life skills and outdoor activities. Earn school credit, acquire skills & stay safe! Read more...

  • Ages 11 to 18
  • Girls, Boys
  • from $1/month
Overnight camp Girls, Boys111-1817Kelowna, British Columbia, Barrie, Ontario, Red Deer, , Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Venture Academy Summer Program for Troubled TeensSupportive & therapeutic environment for struggling students. Assessment, educational support, life skills and outdoor activities. Earn school credit, acquire skills & stay safe! Kelowna, British Columbia, Barrie, Ontario, Red Deer, , Virtual Program, Overnight camp Girls, Boys

Camp Bil-O-Wood  

Blind River; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

A traditional, outdoor, athletic, & life skills camp for kids 7 - 17. Exceptional camping & canoeing. Over 30 sports & activities for kids from Canada, US, & Europe; family operated for 74 yrs. An awesome experience! Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $850/week
Overnight camp Coed8507-1718Blind River, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Camp Bil-O-WoodA traditional, outdoor, athletic, & life skills camp for kids 7 - 17. Exceptional camping & canoeing. Over 30 sports & activities for kids from Canada, US, & Europe; family operated for 74 yrs. An awesome experience! Blind River, Ontario, Virtual Program, Overnight camp Coed

Stanstead College Summer Camps  

Stanstead; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Summer Camps for local and foreign students. Wide variety of camps offered such as Language, STEM, Cultural, Hockey Specific and much more! Read more...

  • Ages 11 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $900/session
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed90011-1719Stanstead, Quebec, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Stanstead College Summer CampsSummer Camps for local and foreign students. Wide variety of camps offered such as Language, STEM, Cultural, Hockey Specific and much more! Stanstead, Quebec, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Cedar Ridge Camp  

Bancroft; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Cedar Ridge Camp is a wonderful place where campers have the opportunity to get outside and develop friendships. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $900/week
Overnight camp Coed9006-1620Bancroft, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Cedar Ridge CampCedar Ridge Camp is a wonderful place where campers have the opportunity to get outside and develop friendships. Bancroft, Ontario, Virtual Program, Overnight camp Coed

1-UP Leadership Programs at Ernescliff College  

Quebec City; South Annex, Toronto; Bancroft; Virtual Program

  • Reading: Leadership training
  • Overnight camp, Program

Leadership program and fun summer camps for boys 9-13 years-old, focused on character formation, service and friendship. Read more...

  • Ages 9 to 18
  • Boys
  • from $150/week
Overnight camp, Program Boys1509-1821Quebec City, , South Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Bancroft, , Virtual Program, Reading: Leadership training1-UP Leadership Programs at Ernescliff CollegeLeadership program and fun summer camps for boys 9-13 years-old, focused on character formation, service and friendship. Quebec City, , South Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Bancroft, , Virtual Program, Overnight camp, Program Boys

Camp North Star  

Maine; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

A co-ed overnight camp on 200 acres in Poland, Maine. Campers enjoy an elective program with 100+ choices that focuses on instruction and skill development in Arts, Athletics, Enrichment, Outdoors and Waterfront. Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $3,100/session
Overnight camp Coed31007-1722Maine, Maine(USA), Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Camp North StarA co-ed overnight camp on 200 acres in Poland, Maine. Campers enjoy an elective program with 100+ choices that focuses on instruction and skill development in Arts, Athletics, Enrichment, Outdoors and Waterfront. Maine, Maine(USA), Virtual Program, Overnight camp Coed

Camp Edphy International Canada  

Val-Morin; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

An international summer camp offering quality language and sports camps for children aged 4 to 17. Come and discover a multitude of sports and activities for an unforgettable summer stay. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $455/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed4554-1723Val-Morin, Quebec, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Camp Edphy International CanadaAn international summer camp offering quality language and sports camps for children aged 4 to 17. Come and discover a multitude of sports and activities for an unforgettable summer stay. Val-Morin, Quebec, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Kidz Kamp Inc.  

Halton Hills; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

A traditional outdoor day camp, with fun activities, friends, exciting field trips and outstanding memories! Now offering March Break, Summer & Winter Break Equestrian Camp at our new second location in Georgetown! Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $95/week
Day camp Coed955-1624Halton Hills, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Kidz Kamp Inc.A traditional outdoor day camp, with fun activities, friends, exciting field trips and outstanding memories! Now offering March Break, Summer & Winter Break Equestrian Camp at our new second location in Georgetown! Halton Hills, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp Coed

YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka   

Orillia; Midland; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka offers a variety of values based camp programs through our day, family, leadership and overnight camps throughout the Simcoe, Muskoka and Parry Sound regions. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $195/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed1956-1725Orillia, Ontario, Midland, ON, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka offers a variety of values based camp programs through our day, family, leadership and overnight camps throughout the Simcoe, Muskoka and Parry Sound regions. Orillia, Ontario, Midland, ON, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed

Maple Grove Christian Retreat Centre  

Oxford County; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp

A Christian seasonal campground located in Thamesford, ON, that exists to facilitate ministries that make and grow disciples of Jesus Christ. Summer camps, church programming, and camp activities. New pool in 2020! Read more...

  • Ages 1 to 99
  • Coed
  • from $60/night
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed601-9926Oxford County, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Maple Grove Christian Retreat CentreA Christian seasonal campground located in Thamesford, ON, that exists to facilitate ministries that make and grow disciples of Jesus Christ. Summer camps, church programming, and camp activities. New pool in 2020! Oxford County, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp, Family camp Coed

Bishop’s College School Summer Camps  

Sherbrooke; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

A fun summer camp to learn ESL, FSL or Technology! Students participate in enriching class time as well as many fun local activities and outings! Read more...

  • Ages 11 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $4,400/month
Overnight camp Coed440011-1627Sherbrooke, Quebec, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Bishop’s College School Summer CampsA fun summer camp to learn ESL, FSL or Technology! Students participate in enriching class time as well as many fun local activities and outings! Sherbrooke, Quebec, Virtual Program, Overnight camp Coed

Camp Kennebec  

Sharbot Lake; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

An amazing summer camp experience for campers with special needs. All the fun of camp, with supportive and experienced staff to give your camper the summer of their life! The focus is on fun first! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 25
  • Coed
  • from $1,500/week
Overnight camp Coed15006-2528Sharbot Lake, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Camp KennebecAn amazing summer camp experience for campers with special needs. All the fun of camp, with supportive and experienced staff to give your camper the summer of their life! The focus is on fun first! Sharbot Lake, Ontario, Virtual Program, Overnight camp Coed

Camp Mère Clarac  

Saint-Donat; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Located on the banks of Rivière Ouareau, we have a magnificent 115 acres of land (making it one of the most beautiful campsites in Quebec) with unique and safe facilities, and 25 activities conducted in French! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $475/session
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys4754-1629Saint-Donat, Quebec, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Camp Mère ClaracLocated on the banks of Rivière Ouareau, we have a magnificent 115 acres of land (making it one of the most beautiful campsites in Quebec) with unique and safe facilities, and 25 activities conducted in French! Saint-Donat, Quebec, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed, Girls, Boys

Bayview Glen Camp  

Don Mills, Toronto; York Mills, Toronto; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

Located centrally in Toronto, this summer camp offers air conditioned buildings, robotics, sports and arts camps, heated swimming pools and more. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 14
  • Coed
  • from $1,300/session
Day camp Coed13004-1430Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario, York Mills, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Bayview Glen CampLocated centrally in Toronto, this summer camp offers air conditioned buildings, robotics, sports and arts camps, heated swimming pools and more. Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario, York Mills, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp Coed

Radiant Girls  

Burlington; Hamilton; Virtual Program

  • Education: Leadership
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp

Girls Wellness & Leadership programs, with prof. coaches, chef's and trainers. Featuring Yoga/Pilates, Outdoor Adventures, Confidence & EI Activities, Meaningful Art, Leadership Games, Relationship Building, and More! Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Girls
  • from $479/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Girls4797-1631Burlington, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education: LeadershipRadiant GirlsGirls Wellness & Leadership programs, with prof. coaches, chef's and trainers. Featuring Yoga/Pilates, Outdoor Adventures, Confidence & EI Activities, Meaningful Art, Leadership Games, Relationship Building, and More! Burlington, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Girls

Frontier Trails ESL Camp  

Eganville; Ottawa; Virtual Program

  • Education: Language Instruction
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Programs are geared to encourage speaking as opposed to writing proficiency. By using picture images, with English labels, each child gains a certain level of familiarity with the terminology presented. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $699/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed6996-1632Eganville, Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education: Language InstructionFrontier Trails ESL CampPrograms are geared to encourage speaking as opposed to writing proficiency. By using picture images, with English labels, each child gains a certain level of familiarity with the terminology presented. Eganville, Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario, Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Camp Kodiak  

Parry Sound; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

Fun! Friends! Success! An integrated overnight summer camp for children & teens with and without ADHD, LD, and high-functioning ASD. We provide a SOCIAL SKILLS program, ACADEMIC program and 50+ activities. Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $1,455/week
Overnight camp Coed14556-1833Parry Sound, Ontario, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Camp KodiakFun! Friends! Success! An integrated overnight summer camp for children & teens with and without ADHD, LD, and high-functioning ASD. We provide a SOCIAL SKILLS program, ACADEMIC program and 50+ activities. Parry Sound, Ontario, Virtual Program, Overnight camp Coed

Academic Camp Canada  

British Columbia (1); International (1); New Brunswick (1); Ontario (1); Virtual Program (2)

  • Education (multi)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Exciting academic summer camps for 12-17 year olds in British Columbia, New Brunswick & Ottawa. BCCA accredited. Combination of inspiring academic learning, activities & trips. Computer Science & Medical Studies camps Read more...

  • Ages 11 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $250/program
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed25011-1734Mill Bay, International, Rothesay, Ottawa, Virtual ProgramEducation (multi)Academic Camp CanadaExciting academic summer camps for 12-17 year olds in British Columbia, New Brunswick & Ottawa. BCCA accredited. Combination of inspiring academic learning, activities & trips. Computer Science & Medical Studies camps Mill Bay, International, Rothesay, Ottawa, Virtual Program Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Camp Claret Du Lac Elgin  

Stratford; Virtual Program

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight camp

4 Unique Programs! Well thought-out for the needs of youngsters of all ages! A thrilling experience! Fun, Friends, Excitement... The most rewarding experience Adventure - Teamwork - Challenge Read more...

  • Ages 7 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $730/week
Overnight camp Coed7307-1535Stratford, Quebec, Virtual Program, Traditional (multi activity) Camp Claret Du Lac Elgin4 Unique Programs! Well thought-out for the needs of youngsters of all ages! A thrilling experience! Fun, Friends, Excitement... The most rewarding experience Adventure - Teamwork - Challenge Stratford, Quebec, Virtual Program, Overnight camp Coed

A glance at the benefits of horseback riding camp

Not only is riding good exercise, it also makes you think. Controlling a large animal that relies on you to make decisions improves judgment, critical thinking skills and concentration. It also just feels good to get on a horse and ride!

The emotional benefits can be just as important as the physical and mental benefits. Riding can reduce anxiety or stress, boost self-confidence and generally increase the feeling of well-being. Plus, building a relationship and trust with a horse or pony is a reward in its own right and can translate into better relationships outside the barn.

Read more about the benefits of the camp experience for any child.

Horseback riding camps

Find a horse camp near you

Horseback riding camps are found across the country, really, with rural areas more amenable to this kind of camp than cities. For families on the go or who simply want ot look further afield, here are select lists of horse riding kids' camps by province:

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Here are some select popular rural regions where you’ll find a broad selection of horseback riding camps to choose from.

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Broad types of horse camps

Some kids do better away from parents and home than others. Although there are ways of alleviating homesickness, some will simply not enjoy camp too far from home. Below, find links to lists that separate major camp categories.

Overnight horse camps offer an ideal outlet for more independent girls and boys who want to fully engage their love of horseback riding adventure. For example,  camps in this category may offer out-trips to the local countryside and other unique experiences. Overnight or residential camps are one of the healthiest ways to encourage your teen's or older child's independence, maturity and self-reliance. 

Day camps are ideal for younger girls and boys who wish to remain closer to home, and meet other girls and boys from the area who also love horses. 

What to look for in equestrian programs and camps

When searching for the perfect horseback riding camp, it’s always advisable to visit the camp. Does the facility and riding program look professional, and well-managed?

Facilities at these horseback riding camps don’t need to be fancy, however, they do need to ensure safety at camp, that everything is in good working order. The area where the horses are being handled before and after lessons should be clear of hoses, buckets and other trip hazards. The riding arena should be enclosed by a fence or wall, and gates should be closed during the lesson.

In addition to being kept clean and in good repair, the camp also needs to match your child’s goals and skill level. Talk to the manager or operator about the program they offer. Are the activities suitable for your child’s age and interests?

“Equestrian summer camps can be quite different from each other, so research what‘s available to find the best fit for your child,” says Pam Coburn, the administrator of the Ontario Equestrian Federation’s Horse Facilities Program. “Some specialize in working with first-time riders while others have programs to help more experienced riders build their skills.”

And don’t forget to ask questions about your child’s accommodations and the overall camp structure and policies!

“Accommodations and the overall camp structure and policies will vary widely between different horseback riding summer camps,” says Coburn. “Ask questions to make sure you’re comfortable with the meals, supervision, camp activities, emergency protocols and sleeping arrangements if it’s an overnight camp.

Partnering with the right pony

The Ontario Equestrian Federation - photo by Natalie Banaszak
Photo by Natalie Banaszak

Healthy horses are usually happy horses. Good lesson horses are well fed, clean, with no untreated wounds and should be happy at their job.

Good horseback riding camps will have a range of horses and ponies of different breeds and sizes to suit the needs and skills of its various campers. While every horse is an individual and has different abilities, a good camp horse for beginners has good manners and an even, forgiving temperament.

“We know parents wonder how they can decide if the camp horses are suitable. A quiet temperament is what you want to see,” says Coburn. “The horse should be calm around children and not be bothered by a bit of noise and activity.”

She adds, “Another question that often comes up is whether ponies are more suitable for children than larger horses. My advice is that the temperament of the animal is always more important than its size.”

Who will be teaching your child?

The Ontario Equestrian Federation highly recommends working with certified coaches and instructors, although this may be more difficult to find in a camp setting.

“It’s essential that you carry out the usual due diligence that you would for anyone working with your child,” says Coburn. “Try to watch them teach and ask them about their experience. It’s also a good idea to get references.”

Riders should also be supervised by a qualified person while handling the horses before and after their lesson.

We recommend that group lessons not exceed eight riders, although it may be smaller if the riders are very young or inexperienced. In some cases, two instructors will assist larger groups.

If campers are trail riding, trails should be well marked, clear of obstructions and accessible in the event of an emergency. Campers should always be accompanied by an instructor or experienced horseperson.

Dress for safety at equestrian summer camps

If your child is going horseback riding for the first time, you may not want to invest a lot of money into purchasing a full riding wardrobe. However, there are a couple of must-have items to keep your young horse enthusiasts safe and comfortable:

  • The most important item is an ASTM certified riding helmet.
  • Riders also need footwear with a half-inch to one-inch heel to ensure their foot doesn’t slip through the stirrup.

Not only is wearing proper head protection and footwear a good idea, it’s also the law for riders under the age of 18, according to Bill 12, the Horse Riding Safety Act-2001.

A reputable tack shop will carry certified helmets and will help you ensure the helmet fits your child properly. Helmets designed for other sports (ex: bike or ski helmets) are not designed to protect against the type of potential injuries that can occur when riding, and should not be substituted.

“Some facilities will have helmets on hand for you to use or rent and those are fine as long as they fit your child,” says Coburn. “The instructor should ensure a proper fit if they are providing helmets. “

Each equestrian camp may also have its own rules for riding apparel. If there are no rules and buying riding pants isn’t in the budget, a pair of fitted jeans, preferably with no inseam that can cause rubs or bruising. During the hot summer months it can be tempting to ride in shorts, but they won’t protect the rider’s legs. Running shoes or sandals should never be worn.

“What we hope for all kids who go to riding camp is that they have an amazing time, make lots of new friends, find their love of horses and come home safe and sound with great memories and excitement to go back the next year,” concludes Coburn.

You might also like these camps

We always encourage campers and families to explore further the wide world of camps and the learning opportunities presented. Here are links to pages about other types of camps that should be of interest to kids and teens who love horseback riding and outdoor living.

Adventure camp is perfect for active-minded kids and teens who crave outdoor fun. Kids take risks here (guarded risks, of course), in activities like rock climbing, zip-lining and other experiences that spark thrills.

All girls camp is an ideal experience for any young woman who loves camp. You owe it to yourself to try it. Girls only camps allow young women to be themselves in ways they may not experience in any other setting.

Sports camp combines a variety of athletic activities that introduce kids to fun activities they might not have tried before. The exceptional thing about this kind of camp is the variety of fun physical activity you can engage in, both indoor and outdoor.

Zoo camp is an ideal destination for animal lovers, featuring wildlife from around the world. This can be a critical experience for budding veterinarians and offers a unique educational experience to any camper who gets in (enrollment is sometimes limited due to their popularity).

Nature camp is similar, though unlikely to feature encounters with exotic wildlife. At one of these camps, kids increase their knowledge of local wildlife, learn about nature conservation, and improve their understanding of some pertinent issues like environmental degradation and climate change. 

Notes, sources and further reading

Some material above was provided by the Ontario Equestrian Federation, the provincial sport organization for equestrian activities in Ontario. The OEF advocates safe riding practices for all riders and riding facilities. Visit www.horse.on.ca to learn more.

Guide for new riders, from OEF contains some material from above, plus much more information for novice riders. 



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