Learn Together Through Horses
There are so many parallels between humans and other animals, including our hierarchies and societal rules. Much of life can be explored through working with horses.
For more information email Alejandra.Abella@ymcadc.org or call 410-798-5768.
Games with Horses
Horses are social creatures, just like us, so make the horses at our Equestrian Center part of your team and come have some fun! Games with Horses can be played with teams of 2 to 4 guests per horse and can be customized to each group’s horse-handling experience level. Teams can groom and tack their horses for points, negotiate mazes and other obstacles, complete mounted and unmounted tasks, and even experience bareback and bridleless riding, depending on the guests’ levels of experience. This activity costs $300 for a 1 hour session, with a maximum of 20 participants.
Communication and Leadership Participation with Horses
Like humans, horses are gregarious creatures who like living in social groups. Unlike us, however, they do not have spoken language so they must rely on subtle diplomacy and body communication in order to achieve peaceful relationships and order in their cohabitation. Do humans project disapproval, conformity, happiness, aggression with one look? With one gesture? We do, and many times we don’t even realize what our bodies are communicating! Horses are attuned to our and nature’s every movement and connecting with them, we can become better leaders, better members of our group, and better humans. In this 60-minute program, participants will learn the basics of animal behavior and communication that we all share, and will be able to interact with a horse to ask him to approach or recede, or to perform different movements all based on positive communication patterns. This activity can accommodate 4 participants and an unlimited number of auditors that observe the activity and participate in questions and answers. Please let us know if you need the session customized to any specific communication/behavior areas of interest. This activity costs $200 for a 1 hour session, with a maximum of 4 participants, unlimited auditors.
Communication and Leadership Demonstration with Horses
This 60-minute program is very much like the Communication and Leadership Participation with Horses activity above, but allows groups that prefer a demonstration with limited to no hands-on participation, to witness equine communication and leadership skills and participate in questions and answers. Please let us know if you need the session customized to any specific communication/behavior areas of interest. This activity costs $100 for a 1 hour session, with an unlimited amount of auditors.
Horses are sentient beings, with thoughts and feelings of their own. Riding horses is fun but it must be introduced safely in order to ensure connection and understanding, positive experiences and hopefully, a life-long love of horses! A safe equine encounter should be the foundation for any riding, even if only for the occasional trail ride. In this 60-minute program, groups of 1 to 6 participants will be able to learn about basic equine behavior and anatomy, basic leading, basic tack and its uses, and how to safely mount, dismount and direct a horse around a ring. Auditing is also welcome for those who wish to observe and learn, but not participate in horse-handling. This program will provide a safe, positive experience that can be repeated/advanced/customized as needed depending on each group’s schedule, availability and length of stay at Camp Letts. This activity costs $250 for a 1 hour session, with a minimum of 4 participants, maximum of 6 participants.