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

  • Several riding periods  - daily ! 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 , and 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- Three times a week !- Gymnastics on horseback- vaulting is an excellent way for campers to build confidence and balance.
  • X Country Course- 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.
Summer Horse Resident Camp Activities:

  • Three riding periods  - every day !. Campers 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, cutting, reining and ranch horse work. Additional activities include trail rides, jumping on the cross country course and going on mock fox hunts.
  • 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- Three times a week !- Gymnastics on horseback- vaulting is an excellent way for campers to build confidence and balance.
  • X Country Course- 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.
  • Attend local horse shows, talk to the active show riders (all ages), see how youngsters turn into experts !
  • Field trips to local Adirondack attractions & activities, learn more about animals, and even take a real wolf for a walk !
  • ​Enjoy hiking into the high peaks, swimming, canoeing, picnics and the great outdoors !
Horse Rescue Program
​ Care & Maintenance - Campers learn how to properly care for the sick or emaciated horse. This sometimes involves changing shifts for camera watching, ration feeding, following quarantine procedures and administering medications at odd hours and in odd places.
Horse Rescue Program is a great start for campers that are looking into future equestrian careers
Trips to the Unadilla Auction in Unadilla, NY or the New Holland Auction Stables in New Holland, PA to witness and participate in the bidding process.
Horse Overpopulation - Campers witness firsthand the ongoing issue with equine overpopulation & its effects on ethics and BLM sustainability. The horse auctions display an array of horses in different circumstances.
Medical Assistance - Campers learn basics of medical first aid procedures, routine examinations & diagnoses, equine management practices where recognizing early signs of illness changes the treatment process.


Ages 9-17 Resident horse camp runs up to 9 weeks. The camper can choose to stay with us for a week, or the whole summer, as early as June 23rd. The longer the girls stay here with us the more they learn, and the more time they have to establish friendships and connections that continue as lifelong sources of strength. Each and every day matters when bonding with your equine friend. The horse, your future best buddy while at camp will need some time to get acquainted with you - who would want to allow a stranger ride on your back without first covering all the bases ? Well, as in human friendship, equine friendship is very much the same.

Here, at Saddleback, we want to see your daughter embrace & share the wonders of the wild Adirondacks, form life-long friendships, improve habits and responsibilities. Our program fosters adolescent independence & teamwork through character development.

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.

The camp operates in a easygoing atmosphere, which is the key to raising good-natured horses. Among the activities, your daughter will enjoy overnight 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 lesson and also receive one-on-one lesson time with instructors to improve their skills or work on something new.

We believe more in pro-active safety rather than reactive safety. All our horses are specially schooled to respond to beginners and experts. At Camp Saddleback, we are very safety-conscious and have an excellent safety record. The staff is also trained in trauma and life-support and required to certified in advanced first aid.

Daily camp activities include chores such as feeding the horses and cleaning stalls, riding & training lessons in the arena, and instruction in horsemanship. The program uses several manuals as a study guide for the campers. Campers progress through the skill levels by taking a written and riding test at the end of the week. In addition to riding, the girls learn about the care of horses, participate in tacking, washing and grooming. A fun horseback riding activity is held in the afternoon, such as a game, vaulting, a trail ride, or bareback.

Summer Horse Resident Camp (ages 13-17):
Equine Camp Programs
Horse care as defined throughout the website means mucking stalls, grooming, tacking up and untacking, washing or brushing horses down after a ride, and sharing the responsibilities of feeding the horses. Our attempt is to get riders in touch with the overall work involved with horse ownership and safe, responsible, caring horsemanship. Fact is, we do not do the work for you. We are there to guide you in safe horse management. Most important: Lake Placid Equestrian Academy at Saddleback Ranch is a teaching facility.
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...
Since 1980, the purpose of Saddleback Horse Ranch & 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.
Horse Care
Ages 9 - 17 Day Horse Camp runs up to 9 weeks. The girls usually arrive at 10:00 am and remain on the ranch until 4:00 pm. Optionally, interested day campers can stay late and help with chores and barn work. The camp runs for 6 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 27th.  Camp Tucka Kitchen serves meals several times day, promoting more smiles throughout the day !
English Riding vs. Western Riding

Ages 13 - 17 - New for Camp 2015 - Resident Campers interested in enrolling into the Horse Rescue Program will be carefully selected by filling out a questionnaire during the regular resident summer program (parental approval needed).  The Rescue Program covers all aspects of horse ownership and explains, in more detail the issue of equine overpopulation in United States. The program also discusses BLM wild mustangs, training and ongoing behavioral issues with unsocialized  or traumatized auction horses. The Camp arranges for trips to local auctions & horse rescues, out of state auctions & stables, exposes the bidding process. During each year the campers can bid anywhere from 1 to 3 horses that they would like to bring back and care for while at camp. It is a very "hands-on", career oriented  experience which promotes large animal science, veterinary medicine & technology oriented College studies. All procedures and training are under an equine professional's supervision.
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