So much more goes into riding than just sitting on a horse’s back, it requires you to use muscles you didn’t even know you had. You use your legs, abs, and arms to ride, while getting a great cardio workout! There are also many activities you can do around the barn that keep you active as well.
Hanging out at the barn is a great way for kids to be active. It is a great way for them to make friends and keep them off the couch and keep them from snacking throughout the day. It is also a much cheaper alternative for parents than finding a baby-sitter during the summer months.
For kids who have never ridden before and for those who have, sign up for a summer camp. You might even be able to help run the summer camp. This is a great way to spend the day at the barn while learning a great deal about horses. Kids will be active in riding, riding activities and games, and activities and games that are meant for kids. They will also learn a lot of valuable information about horses and to care for horses. If kids are occupied at the barn, they will not be cooped up inside the house snacking all day watching tv. Summer camps are a great way to get children into riding as they make friends and have a lot of fun while being active and learning new things. Being active is one of the most important things a kid can do to prevent depression, obesity, and trouble-making.
Spring Down Equestrian Center located in Portola Valley
Cevalo Riding Academy located in Morgan Hill
Garrod Farms located in Saratoga
While some barns do not have summer camps, they do offer beginner lessons. Every barn is welcoming of new clients and accomodating to their needs. A great place to start is the Portola Valley Training Center because there are many different trainers and barns to choose from.
Another great way to have your kids get involved at the barn and to be active during the day is to see if they can help out in exchange for lessons or to work off some of your monthly bill. You can expect your kids to muck stalls, groom, feed, turn out, tack up, lunge, or set jumps in the arena for lessons. This is a great way to be more active while at the barn, and you save money!
So parents, if you are looking for an activity to get your children involved in that will give them exercise, teach them responsibility, and keep them out of trouble, then call up any barn located in the bay area, because I know personally that they will all be able to help you get your children involved into their cirriculums.