COVID POLICIES & FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Summer Camp 2021 COVID Statements
In an effort to both adhere to the present restrictions brought on by Covid-19 and still provide our incoming and current students with the joy of coming to Horse Camp, some changes have been made to the activities to follow CDC Guidelines, sanitization, and social distancing procedures.
To allow our students the benefit of documenting their camp week through pictures and highlights, we are going to reinstate scrapbooks with the following protocol:
- Students will be divided into smaller groups and spread out between two rooms while working on their project. Wranglers will be split among the rooms to assist students and ensure that guidelines are being enforced.
- All students will be required to wear gloves (supplied by MCR) while using the supplies, such as scissors, glue sticks and markers. All supplies will be routinely sanitized.
- A mask is to be worn at all times by students and Wranglers while working on projects.
- Students will be split between two rooms and properly distanced so they may eat without wearing a mask.
- The sharing of any food, drinks or utensils will be strictly prohibited. Wranglers will be assisting any students that need help with opening packaging or are in need of utensils.
- Only Wranglers may operate the microwave in an effort to enforce distancing and consistent sanitization. Any student that needs to warm their food will need to see a Wrangler to ensure one gloved individual is operating the microwave.
Swimming In Lake Grapevine
Texas is known for its hot summers, so OF COURSE we had to find a way to go swimming! To minimize close contact, listed below are the changes that have been made:
- Rather than taking cars, we will be hiking down to the lake. It takes approximately twenty minutes from MCR to Lake Grapevine through the woods, so water shoes are a must!
- On days with water activities or swimming, girls are recommended to come with their swimsuits on under their clothes. Boys may change into their swimsuit prior to the activity. This saves a LOT of time and will reduce the amount of congregating that girls tend to do.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What if my friend wants to attend the same camp session as I do?
No problem. There is a place on the Registration Form where you can list your friend. Every effort will be made to keep you in the same class, unless of course you are in separate age categories. If you need us to make special arrangements (such as your child is right on the age borderline, or would do better mentally or physically in a different age category), just call us.
I’ve ridden quite a lot at different ranches, and on my friend’s horse. I’ve never actually taken lessons or been to a riding school, but I don’t want to be in a class of beginners. What should I do?
It sounds like you’re right in between. You should definitely take the Session I first, because you will learn a lot about horse behavior, balancing properly in the saddle, learning the trot, the rising trot, emergency dismounts, etc. Do you know ALL of these? Do you know your halts and half-halts? You need to know ALL of this by the time you start Session II. And look at it this way; you will be one of the more skilled riders, so we can put you as leader on the trails right away, and be an example to others. Not a bad deal!
My parents want to know what happens if I get hurt at the ranch?
Safety is our number one concern at MCR. If you get hurt, you’re not having fun, and if you’re not having fun, you’re not learning anything, and if you’re not learning anything, why are you even here? We have never had a serious accident at MCR, but we are always prepared in the event. The most common things we see are blisters, bee stings, stepped-on toes, and horse slobber. If you do take a fall, we will brush you off and put you right back on your horse after lots of hugs and encouragement. But don’t worry, sometimes we fall too!
I don’t have a riding helmet or boots. What should I do?
MCR will provide you with an SEI approved riding helmet. If you are attending a Session II and you have your own from previous schooling, you are more than welcome to bring it. As far as boots go, you MUST wear a boot with a heel. These can be hiking boots, Western boots, English boots, or even dress boots. Just make sure you have a heel. You will be training for many hours during the day, and proper foot position will be stressed. You will be practicing, quick stops as well, so you DON’T want your feel sliding through the stirrups. You will also bring a pair of tennis shoes that you will change into in the afternoon when you begin your ground activities. More about this will be located in your Welcome to Summer Camp packet that you will receive before the start of camp.
Four Hundred Ninety Five Dollars is a lot of money. Why is it so expensive?
Four hundred ninety five dollars IS a lot of money. Horses are expensive, tack is expensive, and lessons are expensive. To help you break it down, let’s see what you’re getting for your dollar:
You will ride a minimum of two to three hours per day, with an average of two to three hours of ground work per day. If you were ONLY paying for your riding each day, the cost would be $65.00 for each hour. For a five-day week, this would add up fast for just for the RIDING. At camp, you are getting riding time, plus ground work, classroom, crafts, lessons, and trail experience! See, not so bad after all.
What if it is raining during my Summer Camp?
What if you were out riding your horse, then suddenly it started raining? You’d still have to ride him back home, to the horse trailer, or the barn wouldn’t you? This is a good time for more safety instruction and lessons. You will dress for inclement weather and continue learning. If it is down-pouring, we don’t ride. If it is lightening, we don’t ride (we may love riding, but we’re not crazy!). You will still come to the ranch as scheduled for the day, but you will make up your riding time on the weekend or an alternate day.
If I am starting a Session II, can I have the same horse as last time? I loved him!!
The answer is no. Surprised? At the start of Session II, you will be asked which horse you were assigned to in Session I (remember, we have your paperwork so you know we can check it (tee hee).
To become a better rider, you need to ride a variety of different horses. There are many different gaits and body types that will produce a particular stride while riding. Yes, you will be assigned your own horse again in Session II, but in
Session III, you will get a new horse EVERY DAY so that you can really feel the difference. Remember, ALL our horses are fantastic, and you’ll love your new one too. You can also come and ride your favorite on a scheduled trail ride on ANY weekend or evening ride.
I have TONS of experience and REALLY want to do your Session III, but I haven’t taken Session II. Do I have to?
Yes, you really have to. You know how you have friends that claim they’re really good riders, and then when you go riding with them it turns out they were REALLY exaggerating? Same thing. We don’t know what kind of a rider you are until we spend a week with you and find your weak spots. We all have them, even those of us who ride horses every day for a living. Session II is a complete BLAST, so you’ll want to do it anyway. Also, this will give you another camp to look forward to!
Can my parents come and watch me ride?
No, it’s too distracting. We don’t want you showing off for your parents until showtime, which will be Friday night, the last day of camp. You’ll learn how to prep and decorate your horse for a show, then your family will come and watch you in the arena while you show off what you’ve learned all week. This will be followed by a barbecue and awards ceremony. Too much fun!!
What about the rest of the year? Do your lessons continue after the summer?
Yes. You will see a Student Calendar posted on the website for MCR Student Riders. You can select a Session I, II, or II category and your lesson ride will include other students in your riding level. Sometimes it will be in the arena, sometimes on the trail. If you finish a Session I, you can ride in that category until you finish Session II. This means you can walk/trot on any lessons ride. If you finish a Session II, you can continue working on the canter and increase length of time holding the canter. Once you finish a Session III, you will canter and pull canter turns as well as canter climbs without breaking stride.