Do I have to have horse experience or my own horse?
No, we have horses here for all levels of riding.
Do you have any restrictions?
All riders parents or guardians must sign a waiver before campers or students ride.
What kind of shoes do I have to wear?
Everyone that rides or handles horses must be wearing hard-soled shoes with heels (a great example is the tan work boots they sell at Walmart). You do not have to buy "official" western boots. A hiking boot is also o.k. as long as the tread is not too thick. Ankle support is important when riding. We do not allow anyone in tennis shoes to ride or handle horses.
What should I wear for horseback riding?
Long pants are a must. No one will be allowed to ride in shorts. Also, long socks are important to keep legs warm and to prevent boots from pinching the skin. Please be sure to be aware of the weather and dress accordingly. We are riding outside so be sure to bring a coat and gloves in the fall/spring/winter. Also, don't forget bug spray and sunscreen in the summer.
Do I have to have my own safety riding helmet?
Yes, it is important to have your own helmet so it fits properly and is adjusted correctly. Plus, if you decide to go riding with a friend or on vacation you will have your helmet to take with you in case they don't provide them. Splendor Farms can provide a helmet, though helmets and sizes are limited.
Can someone take pictures of me when I am riding?
Yes, all of our horses have had their picture taken many times. Just let us know when a picture will be taken.
Do I have to have a parent stay and watch me ride?
No, but parents are always welcome to watch you ride. It is very important for anyone who is watching that they do not talk or distract a student when they are on their horse. Also, please avoid any sudden movements as this could startle a horse when it rides by the gate.
Can my younger brothers & sisters come along to watch?
We love to have children visit us out at the ranch. However, it is very important that if a younger sibling does come along an adult must be with them at all times (this may prevent the adult from being able to watch the riding). Also, the younger sibling must be quiet if they are watching so they do not scare the horses.
Can boys and girls attend camps?
No, at this time we are only offering Horse/Farm camps to girls from ages 9 to 15.
What is your refund or credit policy if I cannot attend a camp session?
We understand that sometimes the best laid plans can be disrupted and Splendor Farms has the following credit/refund policy:
If you are unable to attend the camp session you have reserved and paid for you may apply the monies paid toward another camp session within the same year, depending upon availability. If no camp session is available within the same year then you may choose an available session in the following year.
We will not adjust camp fees for late arrival, early pick up or missed days. Camp fees are strictly based on the services contracted.
What if I get sick in the middle of a camp session?
Splendor Farms wants all our campers to be healthy and happy. If a child exhibits any of the symptoms listed below, the child will not be allowed to stay at camp until a doctor has provided a statement that the child is not contagious.
b. Irregular breathing
d. Persistent and/or excessive crying
e. Non-participation in activities due to "not feeling well."
If a child exhibits any of these symptoms while present at camp, the parent will be notified and must immediately remove the child.
What if I'm feeling homesick and have to leave camp?
We do not provide refunds for homesickness. Please make sure your daughter is mature enough to spend 4 nights away from home before registering her for an overnight camp session. Our camp spaces are filled very quickly and it is always sad to tell someone that a space is not available and then have that space vacated due to homesickness when another girl really wanted to be here. Our overnight camp sessions are limited to the amount of beds we have, not horses to ride!
Do you provide laundry service for overnight campers?
Yes, laundry needs can be addressed for MUDDY clothes or for any emergency issue, such as no clean T-shirt on field trip/picture day or rodeo day. The cost is $5.00. Please do not send any money for laundry. If there is a "wash day" we will let you know on the last day of camp.
Do you provide after care for day campers?
Yes, we understand that you may not be able to pick up at 2:30 if you're a working parent. After care is available for a small fee of $7.00 per hour. Let us know if you will need this service. The girls in after care will help our counselors during the afternoon feeding (3-4 p.m.) and then retire to the bunkhouse to watch a movie. Please provide a drink and a snack for this "movie time" from 4 to 6 p.m.