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  • 1. Three Gaits Summer Riding Day Camp
  • 2. What is RDC?
    • Three Gaits Summer Riding Day Camp (or RDC) is a daily camp for youth ages 6-13.
    • Campers spend the week at Three Gaits learning about horseback riding and horsemanship in a positive, safe environment
    • Different RDC’s include:
      • YOUNGINS WEEK (campers ages 6-9)
      • BEGINNERS WEEK (campers ages 10-13)
      • INTERMEDIATE WEEK (campers ages 10-13 with previous riding experience)
  • 3. Daily Activities
    • Sample schedule
      • 9:00 Campers Arrive, Morning Meeting
      • 9:30 Groom/Tack Horses
      • 10:00 Group A Ride, Group B Unmounted Activities
      • 11:00 Group B Ride, Group A Unmounted Activiites
      • 12:00 Groom/Untack Horses
      • 12:20 Lunch
      • 12:45 Games/Team Building
      • 1:00 Chores
      • 1:30 Unmounted Activities
      • 2:30 Snack, Closing Circle
      • 3:00 Campers Depart
  • 4. Riding Activities
  • 5. During daily riding lessons, riders progress their skills on our wonderful school horses. Skill progression is individually determined based on developmental appropriateness and previous riding experience.
  • 6. Counselors and volunteers assist in lessons to help ensure safety at all times.
  • 7. Camp Specific Riding Goals
    • Youngins Camp
      • Balance at the walk and trot
      • Develop communication skills with horse
      • Steer independently through obstacles
      • Practice riding skills through games
    • Beginners Camp
      • Balance at the walk and trot
      • Develop communication skills with horse
      • Steer independently through obstacles
      • Develop body awareness for posting trot
      • Adapt to a variety of horses
    • Intermediate Camp
      • Advance and refine communication skills with horse
      • Develop body awareness for communicating with horse effectively
      • Steer independently at all times
      • Develop independent posting trot skills
      • Adapt to a variety of horses
      • Develop greater awareness of group management skills
  • 8. Riding with buddies is so much fun! 
  • 9. Horsemanship Skills
  • 10. Because there is more to horses than riding, we spend a lot of time practicing and progressing our horsemanship skills.
  • 11. Again, horsemanship skills are taught in accordance with developmental appropriateness and previous experience. All campers practice the very important task of grooming their horses.
  • 12. Camp Specific Horsemanship Goals
    • Youngins/Beginners Camps
      • Groom and tack w/ some help
      • Lead horse w/ some help
      • Mount horse without physical assistance
      • Dismount independently
      • Untack and cool off horse
    • Intermediate Camp
      • Groom and tack independently
      • Lead independently
      • Mount and dismount independently
      • Adjust girth and stirrups
      • Refine leading skills such as backing, pivoting, and steering through obstacles
  • 13. Unmounted Activities
  • 14. When campers are not riding, they are learning about horses, horse care, and different horse activities. These areas are called unmounted activities.
  • 15. Horse baths are a lot of fun on a warm, summer day!
  • 16. As Three Gaits develops a therapeutic driving program, campers are able to watch the progress of our driving pony, Nora.
  • 17. Campers help with daily chores. This includes feeding horses hay, grain, and supplements.
  • 18. Don’t worry… there’s no homework! But, we do spend time learning about horses. Activities teach campers about horse breeds, colors, markings, and riding disciplines (sports).
  • 19. Sounds like fun? Well… it is!
  • 20. For more information
    • Check the Three Gaits website ( www.3gaits.org )
    • for information and dates of day camps.
    • There will be opportunities for riders ages 6-13 and counselors
    • If you have specific questions, please contact:
    • Day Camp Coordinator
    • [email_address]
    • or (608) 877-9086
  • 21. Hope to see you there!