YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow


Summer Camp Saddle Club

(Important: This is a club offered during our regular resident camp)

Love Horses or want to give them a try?
Sign up for Saddle Club!

 Camper riding a horse

Saddle Club is a daily 1.5 hour program for traditional overnight campers which focuses on developing an appreciation of horsemanship and an understanding of the human-animal bond through learning basic horse care and riding skills.  Enthusiastic, knowledgeable Wranglers work with the Equestrian Director to tailor each week to the skill level of that week’s participants.

Saddle Club participants can expect hands-on instruction on horse care and riding skills, as well as plenty of mounted team and individual games —like barrel racing, musical stalls, and relays— that help hone their riding skills with an emphasis on fun. Western riding is most popular, although some more experienced riders choose the English discipline instead. Both are available.

Saddle Club is unique in that it serves a wide range of experience levels at once, separating riders into Tophand and Greenhorn classes tailored to their skills. Some advanced students work on the lunge line, ride bareback, or even become familiar with the preparatory work for jumping lessons. Miniature horses also aid in the fun and the learning.

All Saddle Club participants will have the opportunity to trail ride, and all Saddle Club participants will be expected to assist with barn chores, like feeding, grooming, saddling, and yes, sometimes even mucking stalls!

Girl on horse Trail Ride

Limited spots, so sign up early.

There is an additional cost for Saddle Club and a two-session limit on participation. Sessions fill VERY quickly, so sign up with your registration as early as possible! To check availability, call our office at 830-238-4631.

2017 Saddle Club Information

Saddle Club in 2017 will again feature two classes to better facilitate different experience levels. The Greenhorn, or Beginner-Intermediate, class will introduce new games and obstacles and continue using old favorites to teach the basics of horsemanship. The Tophand, or Intermediate-Advanced, class will give riders a chance to try English or Australian saddles and riding styles, beginner jumping, or more advanced trail riding techniques. Greenhorns will develop a deeper bond with horses through creative and fun games and activities. Tophands will also develop leadership skills by assisting younger riders with horse care. Miniature horses will be used to teach many aspects of horse ownership and care. As always, curriculum will vary week by week, depending on the experience level of the Saddle Club participants and the specialties of our Summer Wrangler staff. Western and English riding available. All riders will trail ride during their week.

A note about horse requests:
While it has become commonplace for parents or campers to write specific horse requests on their registration forms, we cannot guarantee any particular horse for any particular rider. Each camper-horse pair is selected with safety and skill level in mind, and will be adjusted as the Equestrian Director and Wrangler Staff see fit.

YMCA Mission

To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs
that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

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