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Three Gaits Summer Riding Day Camp Three Gaits Summer Riding Day Camp (or RDC) is a daily camp for youth ages 6-13. Campers spend the week at Three Gaits learning about horseback riding and horsemanship in a positive, safe environment Different RDC’s include:

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three gaits summer

Three Gaits Summer

Riding Day Camp

what is rdc
Three Gaits Summer Riding Day Camp (or RDC) is a daily camp for youth ages 6-13.

Campers spend the week at Three Gaits learning about horseback riding and horsemanship in a positive, safe environment

Different RDC’s include:

YOUNGINS WEEK (campers ages 6-9)

BEGINNERS WEEK (campers ages 10-13)

INTERMEDIATE WEEK (campers ages 10-13 with previous riding experience)

ADVANCED WEEK (campers ages 10-13)

What is RDC?
daily activities
Daily Activities
  • Sample schedule

9:00 Campers Arrive, Morning Meeting

9:30 Groom/Tack Horses

10:00 Group A Ride, Group B Unmounted Activities

11:00 Group B Ride, Group A Unmounted Activiites

12:00 Groom/Untack Horses

12:20 Lunch

12:45 Games/Team Building

1:00 Chores

1:30 Unmounted Activities

2:30 Snack, Closing Circle

3:00 Campers Depart

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During daily riding lessons, riders progress their skills on our wonderful school horses. Skill progression is individually determined based on developmental appropriateness and previous riding experience.

camp specific riding goals
Camp Specific Riding Goals
  • Youngins Camp
    • Balance at the walk and trot
    • Develop communication skills with horse
    • Steer independently through obstacles
    • Practice riding skills through games
  • Beginners Camp
    • Balance at the walk and trot
    • Develop communication skills with horse
    • Steer independently through obstacles
    • Develop body awareness for posting trot
    • Adapt to a variety of horses
  • Intermediate Camp
    • Advance and refine communication skills with horse
    • Develop body awareness for communicating with horse effectively
    • Steer independently at all times
    • Develop independent posting trot skills
    • Adapt to a variety of horses
    • Develop greater awareness of group management skills
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Because there is more to horses than riding, we spend a lot of time practicing and progressing our horsemanship skills.

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Again, horsemanship skills are taught in accordance with developmental appropriateness and previous experience. All campers practice the very important task of grooming their horses.

camp specific horsemanship goals
Camp Specific Horsemanship Goals
  • Youngins/Beginners Camps
    • Groom and tack w/ some help
    • Lead horse w/ some help
    • Mount horse without physical assistance
    • Dismount independently
    • Untack and cool off horse
  • Intermediate Camp
    • Groom and tack independently
    • Lead independently
    • Mount and dismount independently
    • Adjust girth and stirrups
    • Refine leading skills such as backing, pivoting, and steering through obstacles
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When campers are not riding, they are learning about horses, horse care, and different horse activities. These areas are called unmounted activities.

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As Three Gaits develops a therapeutic driving program, campers are able to watch the progress of our driving pony, Nora.

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Campers help with daily chores. This includes feeding horses hay, grain, and supplements.

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Don’t worry… there’s no homework! But, we do spend time learning about horses. Activities teach campers about horse breeds, colors, markings, and riding disciplines (sports).

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Sounds like fun?

Well… it is!

for more information
Check the Three Gaits website (www.3gaits.org)

for information and dates of day camps.

There will be opportunities for riders ages 6-13 and counselors

If you have specific questions, please contact:

Day Camp Coordinator

3gaits@3gaits.org

or (608) 877-9086

For more information