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Riding is terrific exercise. Apart from its aerobic benefits, riding also helps a youngster develop balance, coordination, and flexibility.
Riding offers much more than equestrian know-how. Here's why horses can be a life-enhancing choice for your child.
"If your child likes animals and you're concerned about that child's problem solving, goal-setting, or decision-making skills, then definitely get him or her involved with horses," says Ann Swinker, Ph.D., a professor in Animal Science at Penn State University.
Horses make wonderful childhood companions. Children are naturally attracted to them, and that makes horses a desirable alternative to TV-watching, Internet-surfing, or just "hanging out." Horseback riding also puts children in touch with nature.
Handling, riding, and caring for a horse or pony can develop a host of positive traits in a child, including responsibility, accountability, patience, level-headedness, empathy, kindness, and self-discipline.
COVID19: We will be providing Summer Horse Camp this summer, 2020.
We will of course have all activities outside, and campers will be required to keep physical distancing rules (unfortunately no group hugs). Campers will also be provided with their own face mask, that they will personalize and use for the week. There will be plenty of soap and water, and hand sanitizer available.
SORRY NO SPACE AVAILABLE
ALL DATES ARE SOLD OUT
It is my greatest wish at Mounting Miracles Ranch to share ALL the wonderful aspects of equine activities.
We strive to create a community oriented culture and develop friendships centered around these amazing horses.
We welcome all people, encourage diversity and teamwork.
Campers will help catch, groom, and saddle their camp horse. Then spend their camp day taking riding lessons, playing games on horseback. Each camper is assigned a pony or horse to use for the entire week. They are placed in small riding skill groups and work with their instructor to improve their riding skills during their week. We teach campers how to understand the horses body language and how the campers body language communicates to the horse. Our goal is to build a true trust based relationship, built with love, leadership and respect. Building a solid foundation of horsemanship that can be built upon and used in any discipline.
Campers enjoy the fresh outdoor air, learn farm life, interact with farm animals, goats, chickens, horses, mini horse, barn cats. We focus on kindness to each other and animals. We tube down our creek.
This is a working camp: Campers are expected to participate in the daily chores and activities involved in horse care and responsibility. We instill a positive work ethic and sense of responsibility and accountability in our young riders that provides positive self esteem and confidence in overcoming obstacles, mastering communication skills and developing a great sense of teamwork. .
For parents with scheduling conflicts: we are pleased to arrange extended camper care and supervision after the scheduled hours of camp.
We are now enrolling for Summer Camp 2020!
Tuition discounts for Summer early registration are as follows:
15% off if you Register and pay by Mar. 1st
10% off if you Register and pay by Apr. 1st
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of lessons do you give?
We cater to most styles of riding, including, Western, Western Reining, Barrel Racing, Trail Riding, and ALL styles are started with natural horsemanship riding techniques and basic horsemanship skills, learning to communicate with the horses as they do naturally. Focus is on respect and trust.
How safe are your horses?
In the state of Colorado, horseback riding is considered to be an inherently dangerous activity. Horses, being a prey animal, have a natural instinct to flee when threatened. Having said this, we ALWAYS take every precaution to be as safe as possible. We match the rider to the most appropriate horse, and take every safety precaution. If this is a serious concern, references are always available.
Do we have to buy a helmet?
Wearing helmets for any riding at the stable is MANDATORY- no exceptions. We do have a supply of helmets that are SEI/FEI certified. As supply permits we are happy to loan you a helmet for your lessons. At some point in your riding pursuits you may wish to purchase one of your own.
What type of equipment do we need to bring?
We do not ask that you make big purchases before your first lessons, but we do suggest these common sense choices: Boots or a sturdy shoe - Crocs or any open toed shoes are NOT permitted on grounds. Jeans or a riding pant. Sunglasses, and sunscreen even in the winter months!
How old do you have to be to take a lesson?
All students MUST be at least 6 years old, or older. There is no limit for how old a rider can be.
What do I need to send my camper with each day?
Campers are required to bring three large bottles of water, three snacks and a sack lunch to camp each and every day. Swimsuit, water shoes, towel for tubing. We do not provide these items. Parents are urged to dress students in sturdy jeans or riding pants, a hat, and lots of sunscreen. Riding boots are preferred, but a sturdy shoe is fine. Crocs, and flip flops are not acceptable on the stable grounds. Summer tubing: on those hot summer days we do walk up the creek and ride down the lazy river on tubes. Bathing suits, towel and water shoes are needed.
What type of camp is best for my child?
Horse Camp: Horse Camp is suitable for all riders, and we cater to all age groups, and do make the specific needs or inherent abilities for each student part of our daily curriculum. Riders of all abilities can enjoy and develop fabulous skills at Horse Camp.
Refund Policy: No refunds will be provided for camp fees. Under certain circumstances camp credit will be extended for another date when available.
Winter Break 2019: December 30, 2019 - January 3, 2020 - $475
SOLD OUT Summer Camp Dates: June 8 & 22; July 6 & 20, 2020 SOLD OUT
Call- 720-971-0569 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your child will experience good ole fashion ranch life. No electronics or cell phones. Kids being kids. I want their summer experience to be educational and fondest memory of childhood.
Please join us for Spring, Summer & Winter Horse Camp