Pony Camp April 28 2012

Our last day of spring pony camp was a COLD DAY!

The children all pushed through the cold bitter morning doing their barn chores. We kept stopping into the tack room or the huge sawdust pile to warm up!

Once the chores were finished; we decided to relax and watch a movie in the heated tack room while snacking on popcorn. We watched the movie called Felicity An American Girl Adventure. The movie is about Felicity Merriman and Elizabeth Cole they are best friends growing up in colonial Virginia. Felicity saves a horse from her neighbor who isn’t very kind to the horse. The children all loved the movie!

After the movie we had lunch in the heated tack room to stay warm!

Once we cleaned up after lunch the children made their craft. We made backpack clips using string and horse charms.

Around 1:30 it was finally warm enough to get the horses and tack up!!

We set up a trail course with a lot of different patterns:

  • Weaving through cones
  • Trotting over poles
  • Walking through and backing up through a set of poles
  • Cutting across the diagonal to different letters while trotting or walking
  • Circling around and backing up

We even had a few extra minutes to play Red light, green light.


*Special thanks to Mikayla for helping

*Special thanks to all of the Mom’s and Dad’s for sharing your incredibly sweet, fun, brave horse loving children with us!

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Pony Camp April 21 2012

Another beautiful day!

We started our day picking up rocks in the outdoor arena. The girls teamed up and started cleaning up the rocks on the outside of the ring and worked their way into the center of the arena. They filled the wheelbarrow twice! The girls picked their favorite rocks and launched them into the woods, giggling the whole time. After cleaning up the outdoor the children headed inside for their weekly barn chores. The children mucked stalls, cleaned water buckets and filled them up with fresh water. They even placed fresh bedding into the stalls for the horses. The children have become so fast and efficient they are able to clean 10 stalls in 45 minutes!

After chores the children headed outside to gather the horse they wanted to ride. We spent some extra time grooming the horses, they were all pretty muddy! Once groomed the children tacked up their horse and we headed down to the indoor arena. The children were able to free ride so they could practice steering, trotting and some are even working on cantering! We were able to ride for over 90 minutes. After riding the horses were un-tacked and brought back outside to enjoy the sun.

Next up lunch! The children were able to enjoy their horse cookies by CookieDoodlez.

After lunch we started our craft project. We decorated purple tote bags! The children really enjoyed placing the stickers, drawing and creating their very own personalized tote!

Our lesson for the day was learning the parts of the English and Western Bridles; we also went over the different types of bits the horses use.

Before pick-up we had a few extra minutes to make sure all tack and brushes were put away.


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Pony Camp April 14 2012

We had a bright Sunny day!

Before starting our morning chores the girls divided themselves up into groups and assigned each other to different stalls and within each group they figured out who was completing what task. Morning chores were completed rather quickly thanks to team work!

Once the chores were completed, the children went out to the pastures to get their horses. Horses were groomed and tacked within 30 minutes and we headed outside to ride since it was a beautiful day.

The girls soon realized how different it was riding outside. They not only had to deal with the sun, wind, and distractions; but they soon found out that the outdoor arena is huge! So lots of endurance was needed to make it around the entire arena. We spent an extra 30 minutes riding outside because it was so gorgeous out.

After our ride we un-tacked the horses and put them back into their pastures.

We ate our lunch outside on our new picnic tables and ate our yummy horse cookies by Cookiedoodlez.

After lunch, we went on a hike in search for rocks. The children searched high and low for the perfect rock to paint and decorate.

While on our hike one of the boarders Beth took her horse Sherman out for a trail ride. The children were so excited and it was a great experience for them to see a horse outside of the arena doing ring work. They tracked Sherman’s hoof marks and followed the same path.

With arms full of rocks and they were ready to paint!

We painted the rocks outside on the picnic tables. After the rocks were painted the campers covered their hands with paint and made hand-prints all over the tables.

After our craft the campers helped out with Daisy Troop 30074  from South Burlington.  The Daisy’s saved up their cookie money to spend the afternoon with ELPH!

Our first task was a little scavenger hunt – Find the missing blue bell boot! The campers and Daisy’s were paired up and they ran up and down the hills searching for the missing bell boot. Within minutes the boot was found! TEAM WORK!

We headed inside to teach our Daisy’s some horse anatomy and proper grooming techniques. It was a great review for our campers and they had a blast teaching the Daisy’s!

*Special thanks to Cookiedoodlez for the delicious horse cookies!

*Special thanks to all of my campers for helping with the Daisy Troop!

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Pony Camp April 7 2012

Happy Easter!

The pony campers were all very excited to see all of the Easter Eggs hiding all over the barn while they were working on their chores! Our chores consisted of  mucking out some stalls, emptying/washing water buckets and adding fresh water. Once the stalls were cleaned the girls went into the back barn to shovel some fresh horse bedding into the wheel barrows. When their wheelbarrows were  full they climbed to the top of the mountain of shavings to have a little fun.

We then rounded up our horses and began grooming and tacking. Heading down into the arena the girls were all keeping a close eye on all of those “hidden” and colorful eggs!

The arena was very busy (we were joined by a few other folks such as Danielle Teehan who started riding with Erin when she was 7 years old – for a total of 17 years this year – and she is currently attending Tufts University for Veterinary Medicine) which was a great opportunity for the children to watch experienced riders, learn how to pass properly, and to keep a safe distance from other riders and their horses.

After riding the children brought the horses back to their pastures and we headed to the tack -room for lunch. We ate our very colorful pony cookies made by Cookiedoodlez.  During lunch I took the opportunity to:

  • Review a list of barn rules that keep us all safe.
  • Tell some horse stories and I gave the campers a chance to share some of theirs (show stories, favorite movies, etc).

Next up was our Easter Egg hunt! We hid 455 candy filled Easter Eggs all over the barn! The girls had a blast finding all of the eggs! SO MUCH CANDY! After the hunt we sat down and gave the girls some special Easter treats.

We went back into the tack-room for craft time. We painted Easter Eggs with go0gly eyes.  While the crafts were drying we found Chloe being groomed on the cross-ties and asked her “Mom”, Danielle Teehan, if we could use Chloe for our horse-anatomy review; she was thrilled and excited to do so! Danielle was also generous enough to take the time to answer the girls’ anatomy questions.

Before pick-up we were able to tidy-up the barn, starting in the tack-room where the campers reorganized the saddles, girths and bridles!


*Special thanks to Cookiedoodlez for the delicious horse cookies!

*Special thanks to Aimee for bringing in some yummy Easter cookies!

*Thank you Danielle for letting us use Chloe for our lesson! She is such a sweetheart!

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Happy Birthday Emma!!

Happy 9th Birthday to Emma!!!!