Therapeutic Equestrian Center offers ‘Summer Camp’ for kids
Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center on Calle Real is once again offering six week-long summer camp sessions to children in the Santa Barbara area.
“Summer Camp at Hearts” provides a safe and integrated horse and ranch experience for children ages 6 to 10, with or without disabilities.
This unique learning experience includes horsemanship skills, how to take care of a horse, horse science (learning the parts of a horse and what makes each horse unique), horse art projects, unmounted horse activities (getting to know a horse and the power of nonverbal communication), horse herd observation (learning how it relates to peer development) and three one-hour riding lessons with a certified riding instructor.
“I love being able to share my love of horses with the kids that come to summer camp. Whether it’s their first time or they have been here before, the smiles on their faces are the best. And if I can teach them a new skill, like jumping, that makes it all worth it!” said Calsie Kaihara, Summer Camp riding instructor.
This year, all of the camp sessions sold out in two hours, according to Morgan Kastenek, development and marketing manager at the center.
Comments from parents of two of the enthusiastic campers explain why.
“This girl has her jeans and boots on before breakfast. She can’t get enough of your place,” said Alana, a mother.
“This camp cost me more than the price of admission in making my daughter a full fledged horse girl,” said John, a father.
Kristen Kallai, program manager at Hearts, added, “Combine kids, loving horses, fresh air, just enough dirt and plenty of fun — that’s the magic of Summer Camp at Hearts!”
For more information about Summer Camp at Hearts or other programs at the Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center, 4420 Calle Real, visit www.heartsriding.org.