My 2 daughters have been attending the horse camp at Dead Broke Farm for the past week and LOVE it!!! Both of my daughters have been riding horses since they were 4 years old and are familiar with horses. They love that they get to ride 2x a day for an hour each time on shaded trails and that they get to go on wagon rides daily. This is a true farm experience with chickens, miniture horses and dogs to play with throughout the day. When they are not riding they are playing on the playground, brushing or playing with the farm animals and learning how to care for the horses. Yesterday, a horse farrier came and showed them how to take off horse shoes and put new ones on. Each child got to take home their very own horse shoe. It is apparent that the owner of this farm truly loves her animals by her huge heart to take in so many rescue horses. Having been around horses for a while through my daughters, these horses are well fed and taken care of. Today when I dropped my kids off for the last day of camp, they were begging to return next week. This camp has been a rewarding experience for them by having lots fun, but also to gain confidence in themselves by being independent throughout the day and choosing their own activities for the day, plus they get to learn the ins and outs of a true farm.My girls love the staff and I have nothing but positive things to say about them! They have been a pleasure to work with! If your child loves horses and does not mind getting her hands dirty on a working horse farm, then you will love Dead Broke Farm! I highly recommend it and plan to send them back next year!
This is the first time my two daughters have attended a summer horse camp. They were both very excited but nervous because they do not have experience in riding horses. I would say that my older daughter jumped into it easier than the younger one. It seemed that there is little riding instruction and they are put on the horse expected to ride independently of help on the first day. For some children this might be exciting, but for others terrifying. My younger daughter was not ready for this. She didn't feel ready to handle this large animal without confidence in handling it with a skilled person to teach her what to do. It took some coaching to get her to go back to the camp and get back on the horse, but after much convincing she did get back on the horse. I love the independence of the horse farm for the children to choose what to do and to get involved as little or more as they want, but more instruction and teaching about the horses would make the inexperienced rider much more confident once they are put out on the trails.
This was the first time my children ages 7 and 9 had attended a horse back riding camp. The camp is full day for 5 days. They are assigned a horse in the morning. The campers take care of their horse, brushing them and feeding them treats. The campers ride the horses twice a day on shaded trails. My 9 year old son has loved every minute of it. He has developed quite the love for horses. He wants to attend again next summer. The loose structure of the camp has allowed him to gain confidence with the horses. There are also many others animals at the farm. Sweet little dogs, chickens, rabbits and even a miniature pony. My 7 year daughter, despite being thrown from a horse on her first day wanted to go back and ride again. The staff encouraged her to not let one negative experience make her fearful of horses. I was quite proud of her. My suggestion for improvement would be better communication with parents.