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Valuable Life Lessons Learned At Teen Ranch Horse Camps

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Valuable Life Lessons Learned At Teen Ranch Horse Camps

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Teen Ranch offers summer week-long residential and day camps

Riding camp at Teen Ranch yields life lessons that can’t be cultivated anywhere else. Living with people and working with horses for a week (or more!) is, by nature, character building. How? Glad you asked! Western and English riders of all levels learn the importance of respecting others, listening well, and communicating clearly - to both horses and humans! Moreover, these riders learn the value of hard work, leadership, patience, determination, and sportsmanship - to name a few.

Respect for others– A camp environment teaches social skills and appreciation for those around you. Sharing a room, working together in camp activities, and encouraging each other in  riding lessons fosters lifelong memories, and social skills to help later in life. Respecting the horse and their unique design is also essential. Despite their size and power, they assist us in life and accept training from us.

Listening well & communicating clearly - Riders who listen well and implement their instructors’ directives will improve greatly over a week of riding lessons. Instructors teach riders how to communicate to these incredible animals with “natural aids” - their voice, hands, legs, and weight.  

Hard work - Riding horses is fun! But it’s also hard work and teaches responsibility. The responsibility of caring for a horse fosters work ethic - a character quality that sets kids up for success later in life.  

Leadership, patience and determination - The mark of a leader and good horseman is taking initiative and patiently following through until your horse grasps and does what you’re asking. Riders learn  to deal with disappointment and the satisfaction of accomplishment - important tools for success in life. 

Sportsmanship - At camp, riders learn the value of encouraging words & actions - good sportsmanship. As riders experience encouragement first-hand from their instructors, they learn to cheer fellow riders on. 

Teen Ranch offers summer week-long residential and day camps in English & Western Horsemanship featuring Certified Horsemanship Association trained instructors. Advanced riders can take advantage of their Intensive Equestrian Program for competitive level hunter/jumper riders.


Do you have a daughter who loves horses? Teen Ranch’s popular Mother-Daughter Equine Escape is an incredibly unique, once-a-year opportunity to take a riding lesson together, enjoy beautiful trails through woods and hills, and invest time in one another over a common love of horses and adventure. Check it out! 

Teen Ranch Biography

Established in 1967, Teen Ranch riding instructors have taught riding to thousands of campers. The property stretches over 150 acres in the beautiful Caledon Hills with five sand riding rings, full hunter/jumper courses and scenic trails. Known for its excellent facilities and outstanding service, Teen Ranch has grown into a multi-use year-round facility for summer camps, church groups, school boards, hockey organizations, and sports teams. 

Teen Ranch’s goal is to aid in the development of the whole person - physically, intellectually, socially, and spiritually. Built on a foundation of the Christian faith, they believe that the Bible offers timeless wisdom for all relationships - wisdom woven into the fabric of summer camps and retreats. 

Visit their website, give them a call at (519) 941 4501or email, and book a tour. They’d love to meet you!

What Our Clients Think

  • Horses are all natural, where possible use all natural fibres when putting a blanket on, or even your saddle pad.
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