Horsemanship - Stablemanagement

Girl learn barn/pasture safety and proper horse care in Pony Gang horsemanship stable management

In this part of the camp campers will learn barn/pasture safety and proper horse care. We aim to create a supportive and enthusiastic group of campers who leave our camp with a love for these animals and the understanding that being an equestrian is more than jumping in the saddle. 


Camp Pony Gang in Hopkins strongly believes in the importance of  developing the equestrian of tomorrow that knows safe horsemanship, horsemanship lessons at our camp and correct care for horses and ponies are just as important as their mounted skills. 


We hope to avoid with this an uniformed request by a child who might say "mom/dad buy me a horse". Once they have spend time in our camp they will know what time and work goes into complete horse care, what it means to own a horse and what responsibility comes with it.  

Camper girls doing care for the horses at Pony Gang Camp

Each camper will have a horse/pony assigned to them on the beginning of the camp week. (This must not always be the one they are riding during their riding lessons.) Campers will be responsible for the care of this horse and apply what they learn in our horsemanship training class.


Campers will enhance their knowledge on daily barn activities as well as routine horse care, feeding, grooming, hoof care, stall and pasture  care, first aid and horse health. 


Because of in the past 3 years having more and more campers that have been surprised in what Horsemanship / Stable management / Horse care all includes, do we want parents to ensure that they share the below information with their camper and make themselves aware of this all also. 

We will break down below for all of our future campers and their parents what to expect in our Stable management  part of camp: 

campers cleaning pastures at horse camp

Time invested in Horsemanship care approx. 90-120 minutes a day!


Paddock care:  Each camper will be responsible for cleaning the paddock box of the horse/pony that got assigned to them on drop of day. It regular takes around 15-20 minutes to do this.  


Water troughs: Each camper will be responsible to clean and fill up the water throughs in the paddock boxes of the horse/pony that was assigned to them. This can be done during the cleaning the manure out.   water.


Once a week we are building teams to clean an wash out the big water troughs in the big pasture. It takes regular 25min with the longest on this is to wait till it filled up again.  

girls cleaning water troughs and  filling the water at Horse Camp

Feeding assigned horse/pony: Each camper will prepare the hay and supplements for the horse/pony that got assigned to once a day. This feeding happens in the afternoon when we clean the paddock boxes and fill up the water. Campers can also groom their assigned horse/pony during this time.


Turn out:  Campers will help turn out their assigned horse/pony into the night pasture. 


Horses/ponies assigned to campers for care, don't always have to be the horse/pony they are riding during horsemanship lessons. We have over 40 horses and ponies here at Pony Gang and some of them are rescues that are not ridable anymore or older horses that have their forever home here at the Farm. During the summer camp time, our pasture ornaments are falling short, because we as their daily attention giver are busy caring for our campers with lessons, cooking and clean up. So, our campers jump in and give our special four legged friends the  attention and care they deserve. 

Social Benefits 

- Confidence

- Self discipline 

- Sense of responsibility

- Independence 

- Focus and control

- Patience level 

- Empathy

- Stress relieve 

girls preparing the grain/feed for the horse/pony
Horse feeding and being cared by a girl in Pony Gang Camp

Grooming horses:

Girls taking responsibility for horse care in camp
Campers are busy caring  for horses in a camp
Horse is being cared by camp girls

Visits from Vets, Farriers and Dentists:

Campers get the chance to ask questions or jump in and help

Campers watching Equine Dentist at Pony Camp
Camp girls watching farrier performing hoof care at Horse Camp
Camper is assisting Vet caring for a sick camp horse.

and so many more horse activities are planned for 2024......