When I was younger myself and my sister spent many a school holidays on pony camp. Riding, mucking out and grooming, freezing your bum off in winter and baking in summer. Laughter, hard work and so much fun, we loved horse riding and pony camp. For children there is something about learning to horse ride that is really special, making friends with ponies, learning skills and finding friends, it’s a time of my life I will never forget.
Packed lunches, muck heaps, covered in horse hair from horsey cuddles and aching in places you never knew existed, it’s all part of the fun. Freedom from parents, an introduction to independence and a chance to change and grow. There’s something appealing to know that children will spend a week at pony camp, loads of fresh air, lots of hard work but lots of fun.
Recently we had the opportunity to let the children meet some ponies up close for the first time. To make the experience really special they got to groom some minature ponies at Crealys in Devon, C in particular loved it and was very happy and confident in grooming them. LissyLou was happy to watch, but loved the baby pony. They were very cute and clearly used to small children. C also got to look at some larger ponies and was really taken with a lovely grey who he talked to for ages.
We weren’t there at the right time for pony rides but I’m sure C will be first in the queue next time he gets the chance. I’ve always said that LissyLou will love ponies when she is bigger, I fully expect her to love horse riding and to be a regular at pony camp! It’s nice for the kids to be interested in outdoor activities, especially one that involves lots of exercise!