Day Horse Camp
Summer Horse Day Camp Activities (similar & shared by all campers):

  • 2 riding periods a day (weather depending - heat index) Day Campers also have two formal lessons and one additional riding activity each day. In lessons, campers learn and practice English & Western riding disciplines such as equitation, hunt seat, show jumping, dressage, western pleasure, cutting and reining. Additional activities include trail rides, jumping on the cross country course ,vaulting.
  • Horsemanship - every day! - Campers learn how to care for their horses with activities such as grooming, tacking, first aid, hoof care, nutrition and anatomy.
  • Barn Chores - every day ! - Campers learn how to care for horses by participating in daily chores- mucking paddocks, cleaning tack, feeding and barn maintenance.
  • Vaulting - Gymnastics on horseback- vaulting is an excellent way for campers to build confidence and balance.
  • X Country Arena- Once riders are ready, they have the opportunity to practice jumping on our open pasture cross country jump course.
  • Western Disciplines & Lessons - barrel racing, reining, western pleasure, cutting, trail class, ranch horse work.
  • Day Campers participate in activities along with the resident campers - new for 2015
Day Horse Camp Programs
Since 1980, the purpose of ADK WildHorse Camp & Lake Placid Equestrian Academy has been to help each rancher have the full opportunity of horsemanship through instruction, time in the saddle, and the care and responsibility of having her own horse, all atop an Adirondack High Peak setting. We offer several riding programs and encourage each camper to participate in most of them: English and Hunt Seat; Western Rein and Barrels (Gymkhana); Vaulting and the Horse Rescue Program. Every girl has the freedom of spending as  much time as she likes with her favorite horse during her stay at camp.
There are both differences and similarities between english and western riding. The most obvious difference is the tack the horse wears. As explained in the Saddle Facts article, the western saddle is larger and heavier than the english saddle. It's designed to spread the weight of the rider over a larger area of the horses back, making it more comfortable for long days out chasing cows. The english saddle is smaller and lighter and designed to give the rider a closer contact with the horse's back.With both the english and the western saddle, different designs are available to accommodate certain styles, sports and disciplines.

As far as riding goes, the main difference between english and western riding is that in english riding, the rider takes a direct contact with the horse's mouth via the reins and uses the reins as part of the "aids" (along with the seat and the leg) for speed and direction. Most western riding horses are ridden on little or no contact and the rider uses his seat, his weight and neck-reining to give aids to the horse. Read More...
English Riding vs. Western Riding
Tuition: $665 per week (5 Day Camp) includes off site activities

Lake Clear, NY 12945 Phone: 518.302.6227 © Copyright 2017 ADK WildHorse Ranch. All Rights Reserved
Ages 10 - 17 Day Horse Camp runs up to 9 weeks. The girls usually arrive at 10:00 am and remain on the ranch until 6:00 pm. Day campers help with chores, barn work and also participate in activities. The camp runs for 5 days, with each week being a different schedule and enables campers to graduate from one week into another, at their own pace. Sessions start as early as June 21st.  Camp Kitchen serves meals several times day, promoting more smiles throughout the day !

Our riding lessons use methods of natural horsemanship and will help develop balance, coordination and teach the imperative communication between the child and her horse. We teach the work of the most famous horse whisperer, Monty Roberts.

Our instructors are sensible, and will not push a rider to do something they are not comfortable with. Campers will be introduced to new ideas, methods and obstacles, however, it is their choice to progress, in a friendly, working environment. We are not a competitive camp, and do not intimidate our riders by using negative reinforcement.

The camp operates in a easygoing atmosphere, which is the key to raising good-natured horses. Among the activities, your daughter will enjoy trail rides, explore local attractions, be a part of organized trips to organic farms (dairy, produce etc), participate in community activities & volunteer, enjoy the beach, the lakes & great outdoors. Depending on age, the horse camp also offers wilderness trips & safety, canoeing, music & theater, food preparation & nutrition, and much more.

Each program is customized to the learning capability of each camper. Riders participate in group lessons as well as receive one-on-one instruction from the instructors. This individual attention will promote a better understanding of progress, and will allow campers to work on their skills separately, without disturbance or distraction.