What to bring to riding camp?

Summer is here, and for many young people that means riding camps! Riding camps are a great way to spend time with horses, learn new skills and meet like-minded people. If you are going to a riding camp for the first time or need a reminder of what to pack, here are some tips.

  1. Riding crampons: The most important thing you'll want to pack for riding camp is, of course, riding crampons. You need comfortable breeches or leggings so that you can move easily in the saddle. Make sure the clothes are the right length so they don't rub against the stirrups. You also need riding shoes or boots with a sturdy heel and a small heel. Also remember to bring a helmet, because safety is always a priority when riding.

  2. Appropriate clothing: The weather can vary at the riding camp, so be prepared for different conditions. Pack a light raincoat or windbreaker in case it rains. Sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat are also good equipment to help protect you from the sun. Also reserve enough change of clothes so that you can change into dry clothes if necessary.

  3. Hygiene supplies: As in any camp, hygiene supplies are important in a riding camp as well. Bring your own toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap and other necessary hygiene items. Also remember to bring towels and maybe your own blanket or sleeping bag if the camp includes an overnight stay.

  4. Water and snacks: At riding camp, your activity level can increase, so it's important to stay well hydrated. Bring your own water bottle that you can fill up throughout the day. Also, pack healthy snacks such as fruit, nuts or energy bars to help keep your energy levels up during long riding days.

  5. Other supplies: Some other supplies may be useful at riding camp. For example, a small first aid kit, mosquito repellent, sunscreen and hand sanitizer are good to keep with you. If you have your own horse care equipment, such as brushes or cleaning tools, you can take them with you, but often at camps these supplies are already ready.

Packing for riding camp can seem challenging at first, but if you take these tips into account, you'll be well equipped without forgetting anything important. Also, remember to check the camp rules and instructions beforehand so you know what is available on site and what you are expected to bring with you.

However, the most important thing at a riding camp is an open mind and a willingness to learn new things. Enjoy the company of horses, enjoy riding and create unforgettable memories with new friends. Riding camps offer a great opportunity to develop your riding skills and experience adventures with horses.

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