What is a curry comb? Why is it important to groom a horse before one rides? How heavy is a saddle? How much does a horse eat each day? Where can horses go on the mountain? All these questions, and more, will be answered in one day of camp at Vail Stables.
Kids 3-6 years old are ready for Pony Camp! Perfect for younger kids and those not sure if they are ready for a full day of full-size horses. The basic skills needed for horse camp are taught in pony camp. Yes, kids do get to ride the pony a lot! First campers learn to lead, groom and saddle ponies, plus learn some ground skills and then ride, ride, ride. If they're feeling a little tuckered out, they can stop for a snack at any time, get a drink, visit the restroom, or jump into the petting zoo with its natural play spaces. They learn from kind, experienced instructors in a playful, safe atmosphere.
BASIC HORSE CAMP
For kids 6-12 years of age. Perfect for the first timer, beginner, and intermediate riders. It's a day of grooming, leading, saddling, riding a little bareback, learning skills around obstacles, and then hitting the trail for long, fun rides. Instructors will select a horse perfect for your child's riding ability. They may trot, or even canter, if they're ready.
ADVANCED HORSE CAMP
For riders that really know their stuff! If your young riders might be scared to ride freely along the mountainside at a brisk pace, start them with Basic Horse Camp. A one-day evaluation by the instructors will determine if riders can be in Advanced Camp, where they will fine-tune their riding skills and be challenged in new ways to improve.
For a quick visit to the stables, Vail Stables also offers parent-led pony rides and a petting zoo for little ones. Located 1 mile from Vail.