Each 2-hour program works toward or completes a level of our Council’s Own Horseback Riding progression patch, while teaching valuable life skills through interaction with horses. One hour is dedicated to horseback riding and one hour to horse knowledge. Trail riding may be available for Girl Scout Juniors who have participated in a previous riding session at Camp Maripai or have equivalent experience. For the comfort and safety of the horse and rider, weight limitations are in effect, persons over 260 lbs. cannot be accommodated. All prerequisites are at the discretion of the riding staff.
Skills are taught based on experience of the group. The skills that girls will learn include:
- Safely mount and dismount
- Control horse at walk
- Circle horse at walk
- Stop horse
- Ground lessons (if available)