May 25, 2012
At Raintree Ranch Summer camp, campers once a week have the responsibility to rise early and feed the horses. For most it’s groggy walk down the barn at 5:30am and they are usually in their pajamas and cowboy boots. Campers help distribute hay and fill hay nets. This only takes about 20-30 minutes and then we go back to bed for a little more shut eye before breakfast.
Part of what we hope to teach all campers are what the full responsibilities are in owning or caring for a horse. Feeding, grooming, washing, and exercising are all important to keep a horse healthy, and sometimes that happens early in the morning.
We even have some campers going for the highest bolo level who get up 4 times a week to assist with the 5:30 feeding. The sun has just risen at this time and it is a really beautiful and quiet time of day.