Overnight Summer Horse Camp
Summer Horse Resident Camp Activities:

  • 2 riding periods a day (2-2.5 hours a day) Please visit: ADK Lessons. Campers have one formal lesson and a second riding activity each day (lesson or game). Campers have a choice between choosing a second riding activity or an off-site activity. For a selection of off-site activities, please go to: ADK Activities
  • Veterinary Clinics - on site surgeries, dentistry procedures and education (scheduled throughout the sessions on camp horse needs)
  • Farrier Clinics - Learn how farriers correct various hoof alignment issues with proper equipment and tools.
  • Natural Horsemanship - round penning and bonding
  • 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 stalls, cleaning tack, feeding and barn maintenance.
  • 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, 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, hiking, swimming, canoeing, rafting and the great outdoors !
Ages 10-17 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 25tht. 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 basics ? Well, as in human friendship, equine friendship is very much the same.

Objectives for Resident Campers: Learn how to improve your riding skills in both English and Western disciplines (rider's choice). Campers will learn different horse behaviors, ride several horses to determine ability. Some campers are assigned one permanent mount for the week / stay (generally more experienced campers receive single horse assignments), while others share horses due to varying ability levels. For this reason we suggest that campers choose a two week program as it takes a rider a little while to adjust to her horse, and if possible, the camper will get an independent horse assignment for the rest of her stay at camp.

Here, at WildHorse, 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. 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 off site camp activities offer 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.

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 WildHorse, we are very safety-conscious and have an excellent safety record. A large portion of our 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, a riding lesson in the arena, and instruction in horsemanship. The program uses several manuals as a study guide for the campers. 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, a trail ride, or bareback (only on days when not participating in off-site scheduled activities).
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 the campers. We are there to guide you in safe horse management.
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 WildHorse 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
English Riding vs. Western Riding
Resident Horse Camp Program

Lake Clear, NY 12945 Phone: 518.302.6227 © Copyright 2017 ADK WildHorse Ranch. All Rights Reserved
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How much experience does my daughter need in order to enroll into ADK WildHorse Camp ?

Here at WildHorse, we do not require our campers to have much experience riding horses. On average we have a mix of abilities, from beginners to experts. With the assistance of the Horseback Riding & Horsemanship Questionnaire, the instructors divide girls into two different groups. The groups ride in two rings within the same riding periods per day. This enables us to determine riding levels and improvements easily. The instructors keep progress reports on each camper and are more than happy to share the results with the parents.

ADK WildHorse is a family oriented camp. The camp keeps a limited enrollment as, statistically, it has been shown that campers receive a more wholesome experience without the intimidation of a large,full of hustle and bustle camp. Kids at our camp receive more attention and are not lost in the shadows of more competitive campers.

My daughter will be turning 9 later this year, can she still attend camp even though she has not yet reached her 9th birthday ?

In most cases, where parents contact us about their 8 year old daughters, we inform them that the decision is made based on several factors. Maturity level, height and level of education. We follow these rules to ensure that these, potential campers, would be a good fit for ADK WildHorse. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact us for more information !
If not signing up for The Horse Rescue Program, Our Resident / Overnight Riding Camp offers the following as part of its regular 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

ONE organized trip per week to the Unadilla Auction in Unadilla, NY to witness and participate in the bidding process.

​•Medical Assistance - Campers learn basics of medical first aid procedures, routine examinations & diagnoses (tooth floating, wrapping, onsite surgeries), equine management practices where recognizing early signs of illness changes the treatment process.







The Horse Rescue Program