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Horse Programs

Equine Development

Open to students currently in grades 10-12

This exciting course combines leadership with horsemanship. This program is an engaging and dynamic opportunity for students to learn more about themselves, equine practices, the Alberta landscape and ecology, and local history through applied horsemanship and riding, leadership skill development and team building.


This four-day program provides students with practical learning opportunities in horsemanship and riding skills, horse behaviour and herd dynamics, equine care practices, safety awareness and hazard mitigation, ethics and ecological impact of Leave No Trace, and the historical significance of horses in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

All learning activities and after-learning times are supervised by male and female YMCA staff and teachers.

Fees include activities, shared accommodations (in bunk beds) and meals. 

  Location

SPRING 2019

(Registration opens March 19, 2019)

   

May 17 - 20 (Fri - Mon)

*Over May long weekend

Camp Chief Hector

SUMMER 2019

(Registration opens March 19, 2019)

   
*6 Day Sessions
Aug 18 - 23 (Sun - Fri) Camp Chief Hector
Aug 25 - 30 (Sun - Fri) Camp Chief Hector

FALL 2019 

(Registration date TBA)

   
TBA Camp Chief Hector YMCA
     
FEES:  $435 (4 day)  $775 (6 Day)    
TO REGISTER:  403-269-6156   |   1-866-430-9622  

 

 

Western Horseback Riding Lessons

Open to children ages 8-12Y

Learn more about horses and riding in a safe, relaxed, fun-filled atmosphere!  Instruction includes safe practices around horses, grooming (brushing, picking hooves), saddling, and basic western riding skills (in the arena and on trail). Time will be split between horsemanship and riding. This introductory series is designed to broaden horse skills and knowledge while increasing comfort and confidence working with and riding horses.

  Times Cost

2019 FALL LESSONS

(Registration opens August 13, 2019)

   
September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6 (Five Sundays) 

Level 1 (morning)

10:00am -12:00 pm

$215/person
Level 1 (afternoon) 1:30 - 3:30 pm $215/person

Level 2

(Participants must have completed Level 1 in order to register for Level 2)

1:30 - 3:30 pm $215/person
WEATHER:  Lessons will run regardless of weather, however, riding is weather dependent. If the weather is unsafe or unsuitable for riding, the lesson will be conducted indoors and focus solely on horsemanship and theory.
TO REGISTER:  403-269-6156   |   1-866-430-9622  

 

Big Dudes & Little Dudes

Open to children ages 5-7Y

(Participants are accompanied by parent or guardian)

This program is a safe, fun and interactive introduction to horses and riding.  Your child will build comfort and confidence with horses both on and off the horse with the help of an inspiring cowboy or cowgirl.  Participants will learn basic riding skills and how to successfully lead their horse while riding and while on the ground.  No previous horse experience necessary.

  Times Cost

2019 FALL LESSONS

(Registration opens August 13, 2019)

   
September 5, 15, 22, 29, October 6 (Five Sundays)  (No lesson over the long weekend) 10:30 -11:30 am $150/person
WEATHER:  Lessons will run regardless of weather, however, riding is weather dependent. If the weather is unsafe or unsuitable for riding, the lesson will be conducted indoors and focus solely on horsemanship and theory.
TO REGISTER:  403-269-6156   |   1-866-430-9622