Are you looking for a special field trip for this upcoming school year? Then you can stop looking !!
The Pony Gang Field Trip Program in Camden is an awesome experience not only for horse-crazy kids!
Our exceptional staff will provide your children with an educational and fun experience they'll talk about long past the end of this field trip.
Proposed Event Dates and Time: Weekdays between 9 am and 4 pm. Saturdays between 10 am and 3 pm
Event Capacity: We can accommodate up to 30 children for one session. Our sessions usually last about 3 hours. Larger groups are possible, but need some special planning, so please contact us with your needs!
Participation: We do allow all children to participate, including siblings that are regular not part of the homeschool group.
All participants must be five years and older. We only require that any children coming to the Farm need to participate in the full event. Therefore they have to have a release form signed and the participation fee paid.
We are sorry but we cannot have siblings here at the farm that are just hanging out and running around because someone could get hurt and it can distract from the event.
This event is great for all children because they love to participate!
The program includes a 3 hour interactive session (all four stations are listed below), a horseback riding handbook and a horsemanship certificate personalized for each participant.
This group event will have to be paid in 2 payments – first part will be due with registrations of the event; second part is due the day of the event.
How to make the day of the event run smooth: It is best if the leaders can collect the funds and release forms before the day of the event and have them in a file folder for us.
With the registrations of the event we will need a list of all participants, so we can make the name badges and certificates.
1) Every rider must be at least 5 years old.
2)Every participant must have a signed “Release of Liability” form before coming to the farm. We like to have all forms filled out and ready before the event starts so we can use your event time to have fun with the horses!
3) All participants must follow the rules of the farm or they will be asked to leave. This is for everyone’s safety. The rules are simple and will be gone over at the beginning of the session.
4) All riders must wear a ASTM certified riding helmet to groom and ride a horse.
5) All participants need to wear long pants and a closed toe shoe (boots or tennis shoes).
The Event Stations:
This is where all the fun happens!
What we do is set up 4 stations and our Team will walk the children through each of the stations. We would ask that you bring 1 parent to every 5-6 children. If more want to come, that is fine. The kids will also get a little handbook to take home which includes the things they learned while at the farm. It is simple and fun, while reiterating to them what they learned here on the farm. It also has a certificate of horsemanship on the back of the handbook, which will include the child’s name and be signed by our team. The children will have to answer some questions on the end of the session and really participated in the event to get a signed certificate. There will also be a gift certificate included with each handbook for the children to come back and apply to a lesson, pony ride, or party package. The stations include:
Station 1: Basic Information about horses and horse care: We will give the children some basic information about horses and the safety precautions while near a horse.
Station 2: Horse Husbandry: All the kids will learn what it takes to care for a horse. They will all get to rake a little horse poop, fill up water bowls, and feed the horses hay and horse feed. Our team will also talk to them about the type of hay the horses eat and what feed. They will also talk about the importance of caring for the horse’s home.
Station 3: Horse Grooming and Saddling: There will be a 1 pony/horse for each pair of 2 children to learn how to groom (brush) and saddle a horse.
Station 4: Horseback Riding: We will have the children ride in small groups. 3 children ride at a time in an enclosed arena for 15 minutes. Each child will get a basic lesson on riding a horse. The lesson will include how to mount, dismount and the children will get to ride a walk and trot (if they feel comfortable). We will do some balance games with the children during their ride.
Price per child $ 30
(minimum of 5 Children required)
Pony Gang Equestrian Services
393 Frost Road
Camden SC 29020
Phone: (803) 374-2155
(803) 374 -5055
Under South Carolina law, an equine activity sponsor or equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in an equine activity resulting from an inherent risk of equine activity, pursuant to Article 7, Chapter 9 of Title 47, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976.
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