What do you get when you combine the outdoors, horses, young people and leadership skills training? Taking the Reins! This program will foster confidence and leadership skills in a safe outdoor environment. Each day will start with fun leadership and outdoor skill activities leading into an afternoon of on-ground horsemanship. Participants will be hands-on in all aspects of the care, management and training of our ponies: learning to properly catch, groom and handle our rare breed ambassadors. Fun horse focused activities will be interspersed with Equine Assisted Learning sessions. Using our powerful teachers, Sammy, Maple and Flapjack, participants will develop confidence, self-awareness about their behaviour, and alternative skills to help them overcome challenges and cope with the social pressures they face today. Taking the Reins! challenges individuals to discover themselves and be inspired to reach their full potential as they confidently grow into young leaders.
This program will be limited to 6 youth (ages 11-15), two per pony to ensure and maintain safe physical distancing as well as provide plenty of one-on-one attention.
Payment Information & Cancellation Policy
We will be requesting that all participants commit to the full 5-day program. Full payment is due at the time of registration.
Since all programming will be outside, we will be delivering “fair weather” programming only. This means that staff will be checking weather daily and communicating with parents/grandparents/guardians each morning within 1-1 ½ hours prior to drop off time if the day’s program is cancelled. Program cancellations will occur if there is a risk of extreme weather conditions; extreme heat/humidity, thunderstorms, excessive rain, etc. Cancellation of a program will be emailed to the primary contact person of the participant ONLY if the program will not be running that day. It is the responsibility of the primary contact to check their email prior to transporting their child/grandchild to the program.
If any program days are canceled due to inclement weather or a change in Provincial Covid-19 regulations, you will be refunded accordingly. If you choose to cancel your reservation, cancellations made within three (3) weeks of the program’s start date will be refunded in full. After that time, we will only offer a full refund if we successfully fill the camp spot. If we are unable to fill it, you will receive a 50% refund.
General Program Schedule
10:00 – Arrival & Sign In
Health Check and Sign In
Meet & Wait at designated area
Physical Distance Waiting activity – individual (Pony themed activity/puzzle pages)
Go over rules and how we need to respect each other’s space and well being
Outdoor Skills/Hike/Nature Based Activity
12:00 – Horsemanship
Introduction to Horsemanship
Reminder of safety rules and need for respect of each other’s space and well being as well as the horses
12:30 – 1:15
Start equine themed craft activity
Introduce EAL activity, discuss objective(s)
1:15 – 2.00
2:00 – 2:15
Talk Circle, discuss outcomes
2:15 – SNACK
Introduce 2nd EAL exercise, discuss objectives
Complete craft activity
4:00pm – Pick up