Horse riding is a central part of camp, and is available all day to our campers. We have trained counselors with equine experience to ensure safety and fun for campers interested in gaining experience with horses. We have two horse riding programs at Camp Hi-Ho, designed to accommodate all riding abilities and interests. Read below to learn more about our options:
Our on-site riding program is fun, safe, and easy for campers of all ages. We use two of our own horses to lead campers around at a slow pace. We have both an indoor and outdoor arena to ensure campers can ride despite bad weather. Campers learn how to mount, keep good posture, turn the horse, dismount, and basic cleaning techniques. On hot days the horses (and campers) get an extra special treat when we spray our horses down to cool them off. We have time slots in the morning and afternoon for campers wanting to ride. This is a perfect opportunity for campers to ride a horse for the first time, but this timeless activity is also great for the adventurous and experienced horse rider as well.
Trail riding takes place at Shelby Trails Park, which is next door to our property. We coordinate trail rides on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer. This program goes from 10am-11:45am and 12:15pm-2:00pm. There is a $50 charge for this activity which covers rental of the horse, staff, insurance, and transportation. Campers are led by staff members on two separate trails during the day which consists of open meadow, dense forest, creek crossings, and includes advanced arena instruction. We recommend previous riding experience before signing up for trail rides. This is for campers ages 8-13 (our insurance doesn’t cover anyone under 8 years old), and you can sign up during the registration process! Please know that this activity will go on, rain or shine. If there is inclement weather, or the trails are too muddy to go on, Shelby Trails Park and our counselors continue horse riding activities in their indoor arena, so a little rain won’t stop the fun!