Riding Lessons

 

Little Cowpokes – Ages 6-8

Buckaroos – Ages 8 and older

Private Lessons – Ages 6 and up

Therapeutic Riding – Ages 4 and up

Recreational Therapy – Ages 4 and up


“In riding a horse, we borrow freedom”  – Helen Thompson

At Camp Red Cedar, the “freedom to ride a horse” is available to individuals of all abilities.  So saddle up and prepare to ride!

Whether you’re an experienced rider looking to sharpen your skills or have never been within 10 feet of a horse, our year-around horseback riding and therapeutic riding programs offer something for everyone.  All you need is a love of horses, the desire to learn or improve your equestrian skills and a good attitude.

Camp Red Cedar is the only PATH, Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) Premier Accredited Center in Northeastern Indiana, and is a member of the Certified Horsemanship Association.


Little Cowpokes – Ages 6-8

Little Cowpokes offers a 30 minute group lesson to introduce riding to the first-time riders. Throughout the 8-week session, riders learn how to guide and steer the horse in a balanced riding position. A leader may guide the horse until the rider is safely able to demonstrate basic riding skills. Upon completion of Little Cowpokes, riders will be able to perform at a satisfactory level the following skill sets:

  • Steer the horse independently at the walk and trot
  • Show/maintain proper position at the walk
  • Demonstrate proper two point position at the walk
  • Demonstrate basic riding skills safely within a group

Sessions include a weekly 30-minute lesson for eight weeks. Cost per session is $200.

2017 Dates:

March 6 – April 29

OFF WEEK May 1-6

May 8 – July 1

OFF WEEK July 3-8

July 10 – September 2

OFF WEEK September 4-9

September 11 – November 4

November 6 – December 23* (6-week session, due to Holiday)

OFF WEEK November 20-25

OFF WEEK(s) December 24 – January 6

January 8 – March 3, 2018 – Will Open 12/1/18 at 6:00am


Buckaroos – Ages 8 and older

Learning to ride and advance your skills is different depending on age, experience, and self-motivation. Here are the general standards we use at Camp Red Cedar to help you know if you are at the right level. By participating in the Buckaroo group lessons, you will follow a structured program over the 8-week session to help build a strong foundation, given the best tools to become effective and safe. We have organized the program into levels based on skill sets. This will allow students to be placed with those at the same level of training or experience.

Level 1

Beginner riders will learn how to halter, lead, groom, and tack/un-tack the horse. While riding, riders will be coached to develop the proper mounted position. Emphasis will be placed on the education of the seat, leg, and hand positioning. Upon completion of Level 1, riders will be able to perform at a satisfactory level the following skill sets:

  • Demonstrate the ability to safely lead, groom and tack horse with minimal assistance
  • Show/maintain proper position at the walk and trot (sitting and posting)
  • Staying in balance during walk/trot transitions
  • Move in and out of two point position, with proper adjustment of the rein at the walk
  • Demonstrate basic riding skills safely within a group

Level 2

Riders will continue their education with learning the fundamentals of horsemanship, riding, ground skills, including grooming and tacking. While riding, more emphasis will be based on advanced steering, balance and rhythm exercises. Upon completion of Level 2, riders will be able to perform at a satisfactory level the following skill sets:

  • Demonstrate the ability to safely lead, grooming, tacking, mounting/dismounting and adjusting their own tack independently
  • Work at the walk/trot in proper position (with and without stirrups)
  • Move between three seats at the trot while maintaining leg position (sitting, posting, and two point)
  • Trot ground poles and riding patterns in proper position
  • Able to demonstrate riding skills on different horses with varying movement and cues in preparation to canter

Level 3

Intermediate riders advance their skills in horsemanship and equitation. Riders that reach level 3 are now competent with their ground skills before and after riding as well as adjusting their own tack. While riding, riders should be able to work as a group at all three gaits (walk/ trot/canter). Riders at this level will be able to perform at a satisfactory level:

  • Walk/trot/canter (with correct leads) and without stirrups
  • Move between seats at the trot while maintaining leg position (sitting, posting on correct diagonal, and in two point)
  • Transition to canter from sitting trot and be able to recognize correct lead
  • Ride through various patterns with balance and control
  • Show pace control at all three gaits

** Adult classes available for all Buckaroo levels. Call for availability. **

All sessions include a weekly 60-minute lesson for eight weeks. Choose English or Western style riding. Cost per session is $280.

2017 Dates:

March 6 – April 29

OFF WEEK May 1-6

May 8 – July 1

OFF WEEK July 3-8

July 10 – September 2

OFF WEEK September 4-9

September 11 – November 4

November 6 – December 23* (6-week session, due to Holiday)

OFF WEEK November 20-25

OFF WEEK(s) December 24 – January 6

January 8 – March 3, 2018 – Will Open 12/1/17


Private Lessons – Ages 6 and older

Looking for a little more one-on-one time with the instructor? Private lessons are available.  Choose from individual lessons at $45 per lesson, or book an eight-week riding session for $360.

2017 Dates:

March 6 – April 29

OFF WEEK May 1-6

May 8 – July 1

OFF WEEK July 3-8

July 10 – September 2

OFF WEEK September 4-9

September 11 – November 4

November 6 – December 23* (6-week session, due to Holiday)

OFF WEEK November 20-25

OFF WEEK(s) December 24 – January 6

January 8-March 3, 2018 – Will Open 12/1/17


Therapeutic Riding – Ages 4 and older

For some, riding a horse might seem impossible; but at Camp Red Cedar, we think anything is possible. Our therapeutic horseback riding program helps children and adults with disabilities improve their physical, developmental and emotional well being. Camp Red Cedar’s PATH, Intl. certified therapeutic riding instructors, along with a team of volunteer horse leaders and side walkers, ensure the rider’s safety as he or she learns new skills on horseback.

2017 Dates:

May 8 – July 1 *WAITING LIST ONLY*

OFF WEEK July 3-8

July 10 – September 2 *WAITING LIST ONLY*

OFF WEEK September 4-9

September 11 – November 4 *WAITING LIST ONLY*

November 6 – December 23* (6-week session, due to Holiday) *WAITING LIST ONLY*

OFF WEEK November 20-25

OFF WEEK(s) December 24 – January 6

January 8-March 3, 2018 – Will Open 12/1/17


Recreational Therapy – Ages 4 and older

Recreational therapy, also known as therapeutic recreation, is a systematic process that utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery and well-being.

 Therapeutic Recreation is provided by professionals who are trained and certified, registered and/or licensed to provide Therapeutic Recreation. (© ATRA, 1986) Camp Red Cedar currently employs two Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist (CTRS).

 Therapeutic recreation uses treatment, education and recreation services to help people with illnesses, disabilities and other conditions to develop and use their leisure in ways that enhance their health, functional abilities, independence and quality of life. (NTRS, 2000)

*Recreational Therapy (RETH) is available on a first come, first served availability.  RETH sessions are scheduled on a weekly basis and carry on through out the year or until services are discontinued.  Camp Red Cedar accepts the Indiana Family Support Services Medicaid Waiver, the Community Integration and Habilitation Medicaid Waiver & Private Pay for individuals seeking Recreational Therapy services*

Please register online or call for availability 260-637-3608