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​Preparing Your Child for Horseback Riding Camp

​Preparing Your Child for Horseback Riding Camp

Posted by Aubry Boonstra on 17th Jun 2024

Growing up, the best part of summer was always riding camp! Long days were spent on the back of bratty school ponies with our barn BFFS, and in between rides we learned to braid properly, clean stalls, groom, trailer etiquette, and more. Our mid-day break consisted of stale PB&J sandwiches, and the occasional cannonball into the pond if the days were really hot.

All of that to say, it’s horseback riding camp season! Horseback riding camps are not just about learning to ride; they're about instilling discipline, responsibility, and a love for animals in children. As a parent, ensuring your child is ready for their horseback riding camp experience involves careful preparation and choosing the right gear. Here’s a detailed guide to help you get your child ready, featuring essential gear from Millbrook Tack.

Essential Gear for Horseback Riding Camp

  • Horseback Riding Camp Preparation Before your child sets off for horseback riding camp, it's crucial to equip them with the appropriate gear. One of the most critical pieces of equipment is a certified helmet. The Ovation Metallic Schooler Helmet combines safety with style, featuring a lightweight design and an adjustable dial for a comfortable fit. It’s designed to protect your child’s head during lessons and activities.
  • Kids Riding Camp Gear Quality gear is essential for a successful horseback riding camp experience. Ensure your child has sturdy riding boots like the Ovation Kids Energy Zip Paddock Boots. These boots are crafted from durable leather with a moisture-wicking lining, providing support and grip in the stirrups. The front zip closure makes them easy for kids to put on and take off, ideal for busy camp days.
  • Children's Equestrian Clothing Comfortable and functional clothing is key for young riders. Opt for riding breeches or tights such as the Kerrits Kids Coolcore Full Leg Tech Tight. These tights feature Coolcore fabric technology, which wicks moisture away from the skin to keep your child cool and dry during lessons. The four-way stretch material allows for unrestricted movement, essential for riding maneuvers. Pair them with the Kerrits Kids Summer Ride Ice Fil Short Sleeve Shirt, which offers UV protection and breathability for hot summer days at camp.
  • Riding Gloves: Hands are vulnerable during riding activities, making gloves a necessary protective accessory. The Equitare Cadence Youth Kids Grip Riding Gloves provide excellent grip and tactile sensitivity. They are lightweight yet durable, offering comfort and control while maintaining a secure hold on the reins.
  • Half Chaps: Half chaps provide additional protection and grip for the lower leg and calf. The Ovation Kids EquiStretch II Half Chaps are made from durable synthetic material with stretch panels for a secure fit. They offer support and grip, enhancing comfort and stability while riding.

Preparing Your Child for Horseback Riding Camp

  • Check Camp Requirements Review the camp’s packing list and guidelines thoroughly before packing. Ensure you have all required gear and clothing to comply with safety standards and camp regulations.
  • Proper Fitting Properly fitting gear is essential for safety and comfort. Take measurements of your child’s head for the helmet, and ensure riding boots, breeches/tights, and gloves fit snugly but allow for movement.
  • Comfort and Functionality Choose clothing and gear that are breathable, moisture-wicking, and comfortable. This will help your child stay focused and enjoy their riding experience without distractions from discomfort.
  • Label Everything Label all clothing and gear with your child’s name to prevent items from getting lost or mixed up with other campers’ belongings.
  • Practice Dressing If your child is new to equestrian clothing, practice dressing in full-riding attire at home. This will familiarize them with the gear and ensure they can dress independently at camp if they are staying overnight.
  • Safety Briefing Review safety guidelines with your child, emphasizing the importance of wearing helmets and proper footwear around horses.


Preparing your child for horseback riding camp involves thoughtful consideration of their safety, comfort, and enjoyment. With proper preparation and the right gear, your child can fully immerse themselves in the joys of horseback riding camp, learning valuable skills and lasting memories that will last a lifetime.