About the Equestrian Program
For the camper who loves horses, our New Mexico Trails Equestrian
Program is for you! Our horse programs at both Camp Elliott Barker and
Rancho del Chaparral have been re-calibrated to offer a more dynamic
experience for campers of all experience levels.
Campers in each session will be placed in groups based on a skill
level assessment determined by the Equestrian Director upon arrival at
camp. Whether you’ve never ridden a horse before or you are a seasoned
horsewoman, our well-trained staff look forward to working with each
group to ensure lessons are fun and challenging. horses each full day
of camp including mounted and ground lessons. Lessons vary based on
the skills, progression, and interests of each group.
Campers need long pants, boots with at least a 1/2-inch heel, and
shirts that cover the shoulders. Well fitted gloves are optional.
Helmets will be provided at camp. Campers must possess sufficient
physical coordination and balance to participate in riding. They must
also be mature enough to understand and practice safety procedures, to
use good judgment in reacting to situations, and to take
responsibility for themselves and their horses.