If you are a very organized person, you’ve probably booked a bunk at a great summer riding camp already. Well done! Now you can start thinking about the things you’d like to take to riding camp to make the experience even more fun.
It’s important to remember that you will probably not get to leave the camp during your session. So if you’ve forgotten something, like a camera or book, you won’t be able to get it easily. So, make a list of things you’d like to take with you to camp and start collecting the items in the weeks before you leave. If you can’t think of what to take to riding camp, we’ve made a handy-dandy list for you. Feel free to add your own "can’t live without” items at the end.
Books: It’s a good idea to take a few books with you to camp so you have something to read before you go to bed. Sometimes there are rest times and if you can’t snooze, it’s nice to have a book to read. Check out Young Rider’s book bag section to find some great horsey books.
Camera: It’s fun to have a camera to take pictures of your new horsey pals and the horses you ride. If you have a digital camera, remember to bring extra memory cards and batteries. If you shoot with film, bring a few rolls with you. If you don’t have a camera, pop out and buy a couple of inexpensive disposable ones.
Stationary: It’s unlikely that you’re going to be able to get on e-mail at camp—most camps ban computers and smartphones. So, you’ll have to communicate with your parents the old-fashioned way—by snail mail. Take along some stationary and stamped envelopes so you can let your parents know what you’ve been doing at camp.
Helmet: If you’ve got $60, go out and buy a schooling helmet that fits you properly and take it with you to camp. Then you don’t have to wear a smelly, moldy old helmet that a hundred other people have worn! Make sure you write your name in it.
Britches and Boots: If you don’t ride on a regular basis, it’s still a good idea to buy a pair of britches or jodhpurs. Riding in jeans can be uncomfortable, and jeans can rub your legs raw during a long ride or lesson. Invest in a pair of paddock boots too. Riding in sneakers or "fashion” boots can be dangerous.
Young Rider: Take along some back issues of Young Rider magazine and share them with your new pony pals. Everyone loves reading Young Rider!
Horse Treats: It’s always nice to give your lesson horse a treat or two after your riding session. You can find tasty treats at the feed or tack store.
* This article first appeared in the March/April 2005 issue of Young Rider. Subscribe today!