Learn to Ride
Campers 7-12 years old – Busing available from the Leaside & Swansea site
Have a child that loves animals and is keen to learn to ride? Pawsitively Pets has a great program for our animal loving friends who also have a love for horses and want to be introduced to horseback riding!
Our Learn to Ride program allows children to be introduced to the wonderful world of horses and riding and still have the chance to enjoy a couple of visits from the Pawsitively Pets animal team throughout the weeks, getting up close and personal with some of our animals as well as taking part in daily riding and horsemanship lessons.
This program is in partnership with RCRA (located approximately 45 minutes north of Toronto.) The program will take a maximum of 28-32 campers per week depending on the session. This program has busing available. PLEASE CHECK BUS LOCATIONS ON THE LEASIDE & SWANSEA PAGE AS BUSING IS AVAILABLE SELECT WEEKS FROM BOTH LOCATIONS. Please note as we do bus to this location, and traffic can vary day-to-day we generally arrive on-site at about 9:15 am, and load the bus end of day at 3:45 pm to get organized to head back.
The Learn to Ride program will take place at our riding partner’s location in Newmarket. Campers will be bused to farm each day. (Please ensure you register for busing when registering, unless you plan to drop your child off at camp and pick them up each day.)
Our Learn to Ride program will provide daily activities interacting with the horses and some special hands-on visits with our animal team. Campers will learn all about horses, their care and how to safely interact with them as well as daily riding lessons and horsemanship. Campers will have the chance to spend the day rotating through horsemanship, stable management, riding lessons and learning all the key aspects of horse, tack and equipment. Riding will be instructed by certified teachers from RCRA and teach campers the basics of English riding, focusing on balance, position and comfort working with horses. The riding aspect of this program is meant for beginner riders and has been developed to help them master the basic skills of riding and horsemanship.
IF YOUR CHILD ATTENDED THE PROGRAM PREVIOUSLY, and have not ridden since, they are welcome to sign up again and we will group them with riders who have done the program before to help them progress their skill set.
As with all the Pawsitively Pets programs the core program is based on working safely with animals in a well supervised and controlled setting. Learn to Ride focuses on balance, confidence and safety. Campers will have the opportunity to ride for 1 hour each day and have 1 hour of horsemanship, focusing on learning the key aspects of grooming, tacking up feeding, and general horse care. Helmet rentals are included in the program fee.
Staff/Leader to camper ratio for Learn to Ride is 1 staff to 8 campers. During riding sessions, all campers will have a leader available to them.
Please note all busing for our Learn to Ride camp is provided by Stock Transportation.
Campers must be 7 years old as of December 31 of the camp year to participate in this program.
Please go back to bottom of the Summer Camp page for locations, dates and pricing.