Summer Horse Camp

Day Horse Riding Camp

Girls only!

Fun & Friends Await Our Campers At Day Horse Camp

Our Summer Day Horseback riding Camps are the hit for horse loving girls every year and fill up fast

Our Horseback riding Camp is a thrilling and unforgettable experience for anyone who loves horses.

If your child is CRAZY about horses and ponies, than our horseback riding summer day camp is perfect, because it is specially-designed with your child in mind.

A regular Horse Summer Camp is not offering enough horse time to your daughter? No!

Don't worry, there are more horse activities here at the most "Horse Craziest Camp" ever, then you see in any other Camp. Girls will spend most of their day with horse related activities with but not limited to activities on horseback, on the ground and in the barn.

This will keep each day exciting and helps the girls to learn new skills.

Saddle up!

And some ride with us in 2024

English Or Western:

We Ride Both here at

Pony Gang

For us it always begins with a love for horses...

Our Equestrian Camp offered here is a day horse summer camp in the country setting of Richland county South Carolina. It’s a thrilling and unforgettable experience for anyone who loves horses.

Offered as both a one- and two-week option, our youth horse camp focuses on all things related to horses, including English and Western riding lessons, stable management, care and grooming of horses, horse first aids, and even trail rides throughout camp!

We life and breath horses here at Horse Crazy Camp

The camp program at Pony Gang is about much more than just being able to ride. We teach a holistic approach to horsemanship that gives our campers a complete picture of horse care, including understanding common veterinary issues, equine nutrition, care for tack and equipment, hoof care, and more. Whether you are brand new to horses or an accomplished equestrian athlete, we’ve got a spot for you in our barn, counselors who are ready to cheer you on, and horses who can’t wait to meet you.

Daily Horseback Riding Program

Our Western riding and Hunter/English riding campers with existing riding experience (Novice - advanced) will enjoy a group riding time with daily changing activities - like riding arena riding, trail riding, bareback riding, games on horseback and so much more.

Beginners with no previous or only minimal riding experience will build 2 different groups. This groups will be work on their balanced and independent seat. Learn how to move the horse with the correct use of aids and understanding of this aids.

Daily Stablemanagement

The Barn or Stable management part of our Camp invites our campers to learn what it would mean to own a horse and take care of them.

By the end of the session, they will know that taking care of a horse isn’t simple, it is hard work, but so much fun!

Daily Vaulting & Trick Riding Program

Vaulting is a great Equestrian activity that was introduced into our camp program in 2020 to help our riders develop more balance, confidence, flexibility and body control. We teach beginner level - first on our wooden horse and from there we are advancing to the standing and then walking horse on the lunge line (we follow with this the regular learning steps from Equestrian vaulters). We teach this lesson as group lesson.

Trick Riding activity was introduced in our program at the same time as vaulting. It will help riders to develop body control and flexibility, work on their confidence and self-belief. It is a fun activity and besides horseback riding the most popular one of our campers.

Daily Horsemanship Workshop

In our Horsemanship classes our campers learn

  • First aid & Health check

  • In some weeks we will have visits from professionals like vets, dentist and farrier

  • - Show preparation

  • - Bathing horses

    and so much more

Daily Schedule at Horse Camp

08:45 am Welcome to camp

09:00 am Start riding activities

11:30 am Trick riding and Vaulting lesson

01:00 pm Lunch

01:30 pm Horsemanship class

02:00 pm Stable management

03:00 pm Free time (a supervised but unstructured period where the girls can work on small art projects, write home, read a book, chat with each other, play games, etc.)

04:00 pm Afternoon activity (daily changing)

05:00 pm Goodbye for the day

Dates & Prices

$ 480

1 week

Monday - Friday

8:45 am - 5:00 pm

June 10 - June 14, 2024

June 17 - June 21, 2024

June 24 - June 28, 2024

July 8 - July 12, 2024

July 15 - July 26, 2024

$ 960

2 week

Monday - Friday

8:45 am - 5:00 pm

June 10 - June 21, 2024

July 8 - July 26, 2024

"All campers are expected to participate in barn chores, including cleaning stall & feeding horses and cleaning tack."

Why do campers have to do barn chores?

It is a popular activity in every good horse camp because it is teaching the campers the important understanding of the care and work that is put into keeping horses happy and healthy.

It also teaches the campers that horseback riding and/or owning horses always come with responsibilities and work.

Barn chores we perform here at camp daily:

Each camper gets a horse/pony assigned on the beginning of the camp week and will be responsible for the care of the horses. Our counselors or barn manager will assist them if needed.

Cleaning grooming area - as in every riding school we ask every rider to leave their grooming area in the same the condition they have found it and this means every rider has to sweep their area after use.

Cleaning stalls - because horse cannot clean them themselves we Equestrians have to do it for them

Filling water - a horse drinks up to 10 gallon of water a day and in the summer even more. Water is as important for horses as it is for us to stay hydrated

Feeding Supplements - Hay and grass pasture is not enough for a working horse or even older horses to get all the nutrients and vitamins they need. So they need to receive this in form of supplements and feed.

Cleaning water through - Once a week the water troughs need to be washed out to ensure that the horses always have clean water to drink.

Sweeping barn aisle - After riding lessons each camper will clean and sweep the grooming area they used to leave it in the same condition they found it.

Cleaning tack - after every ride campers will wipe down the tack used and on the last day they will clean their tack. It is important to note that tack cleaning is not to make it look ‘pretty’. Tack cleaning is a step we must take to ensure our horses are comfortable when being ridden and to keep the tack functional.


What are the ages of the children attending Day Camp?

Our Day Camp program is for girls who are 6-15 years of age.  Only 10 campers are registered for each week because we are running Overnight camp and Tiny Tot camp at the same time The staff-to-camper ratio is 5 to 1.

Why do you only have a day camp for girls?

Because our facility is not set up to separate restrooms for boys and girls. Our restrooms are in the Living area from our Overnight campers and due to this we are an girls only camp. We apologize for any inconvenience.

How much riding time will the campers have?

Campers will ride for approximately 45-60 minutes each camp day.  There is an additional 90-minutes session for our trick riding and vaulting group classes.

I have no riding experience – can I still attend Day Camp?

Many campers have little or no riding experience.  All of the children attending Day Camp will enjoy learning new skills with horses.

Do I need special equipment to ride?

Riding helmets – The SEI logo must appear inside each camper’s helmet to be acceptable for riding, and the helmet must have a manufacturer’s date of less then five years ago.  We have helmets available for campers to rent for $25/week.  SEI approved helmets may be purchased through tack shops.. Please write your camper’s name inside her helmet.

Boots – When campers are riding or working around horses, boots with a raised heel and smooth sole are required.  You can purchase boots at tack shops and can often find them at resale stores such as Goodwill or St. Vincent’s for reasonable prices or order them on amazon.

What will I need to bring to camp?

Each day, campers should bring a reusable water bottle  They also need to bring: a pair of jeans or long pants (NOT capris) to wear while riding, shorts, swimsuit, rain jacket, hat for the sun, sunscreen, towel, and sneakers.  It’s important to label your camper’s belongings in case they are forgotten or get misplaced.

Will I be able to buy souvenirs at camp?

The camp store will be open on Fridays during pick up.  Campers can purchase T-shirts, and souvenirs.

May I bring my child to camp? 

Yes, campers should be dropped off between 8:45 and 9:00 am and can be picked up between 5:00 and 5:15pm.

What if it rains?

As long as it is only a light drizzle we will still have lessons. Should it be downpouring then we will see that we get our lessons in after the rain ends. But sometimes we are unable to do a horse lesson because of the weather, we apologize in advance should it happen to you. We will have alternatives ready to still work with campers on their riding with our barrel and balance horses in addition horse simulator

What if it is too hot? 

This depends on the heat index. For the heat index you add temperature and humidity together. We have to avoid heat stress or heat stroke for our horses because this could be life-threatening for them. For example, if the temperature outside is 80 degrees and the humidity is 50%:, the heat index number is 130 - so we could ride. Less than 130: Horses can be ridden if proper hydration is provided to them at all points 130 - 150: Be cautious. The horse's ability to cool itself will be compromised by the heat and humidity. 165 or above: No riding, because it takes only about 15 minutes of moderate exercise to raise our horse's body temperature to a dangerous, potentially life-threatening level. It could be that on some days we will push the lessons to a very early time or a later in the evening time to ensure our horses will be okay. 

May we visit camp?

Individual tours may be scheduled prior to camp by appointment only.*During the summer, Hoofbeat Ridge is a “closed” camp, which means that we do not allow visitors due to the volume of campers, our schedule, and the safety of campers and staff. Our no-visitors policy helps us to maintain a high level of security. 

How soon do I need to register?

Many weeks are often full by mid-March.  Please register through the link on our website. After you are registered, a confirmation email will be together health form, and other forms will be emailed to you. If sessions are full, we do have a waiting list. Sorry, we are unable to take phone registrations. 

How are your counselors selected?

Many of our staff are former campers or lessons students from us.  Prior to the opening of camp, our staff attend a comprehensive week-long training program.

Do I need to pack food

No, our campers receive a lunch from us and also a snack in the afternoon.