When preparing for a horseback riding camp, there are several essential items you should consider bringing to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Be it a sleep away or a day camp, here are five must-have things to bring:
- Riding Helmet: Safety should always be a priority when horseback riding. A properly fitting, certified riding helmet is crucial to protect your head in case of a fall or accident. Make sure the helmet meets the appropriate safety standards for equestrian activities. If your child already owns an equestrian saftey vest, be sure to bring that as well!
- Riding Boots: Invest in a pair of sturdy, comfortable riding boots with a low heel. Riding boots provide grip in the stirrups and protect your feet from potential injuries. Look for boots specifically designed for horseback riding, as they offer proper ankle support and have a smooth sole for easy release if your foot gets caught. If your child is already riding and has half chaps, pack them up in the gear bag!
- Riding Attire: Wear comfortable, flexible clothing suitable for riding. Opt for long pants, such as breeches or jodhpurs, that allow for ease of movement and prevent chafing. Avoid loose or baggy clothing that may get caught on the saddle or equipment. Jeans are an ‘okay’ choice but they tend to be heavy and hot in the summer time. More importantly, the inside seam on denim jeans can cause calf blisters where the seam binds up on english stirrup leathers. If your little rider has their heart set on wearing jeans to camp, you might invest in a pair of half chaps. The half chaps will cover the seam on the jeans and keep most blisters away. Tops that are breathable and appropriate for the weather conditions are very popular. Tops that offer mesh for breathability and SPF coverage for sun protection are a top pick.
- Water Bottle: Staying hydrated is essential during physical activities like horseback riding. Bring a durable, reusable water bottle that can hold an adequate amount of water to keep you hydrated throughout the day. Consider using an insulated bottle to keep your water cool, especially during hot summer days.
- Sunscreen and Bug Spray: Spending time outdoors exposes you to the sun’s harmful rays and pesky insects. Protect your skin by applying sunscreen with a high SPF before heading out for your riding sessions. Additionally, bring bug spray to keep away mosquitoes, flies, and other annoying bugs that may bother you and your horse.
Remember to check with the specific horseback riding camp you’re attending for any additional items they recommend bringing, such as towels, grooming tools, or any specific gear they may provide.
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