Horsemanship News

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The Earth Has Yielded Its Harvest

So be patient, brethren, [as you wait] till the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits expectantly for the precious harvest from the land. [See how] he keeps up his patient [vigil] over it until it receives the early and late rains. James 5:7 The songbirds welcomed a crew of hearty folks to the Warm Beach Horsemanship pastures as preparations were made to bring in a bountiful hay harvest. Volunteers gathered and created a crew of loaders, lifters, ...

Unexpected Blessings

The sun was shining as three women saddled their horses at the Warm Beach Camp stables, but this ride was not for campers. They had a much different purpose. The ladies mounted their horses and made their way up the hill toward the Warm Beach Senior Community.   The COVID-19 crisis has meant that the Senior Community residents have been quarantined since early March. As for many of us, lock-down has led to feelings of isolation and sadness. The ladies from ...

The Basic Benefits of Therapeutic Horsemanship

Horses provide a unique opportunity to reflect, moderate, and restore people. Warm Beach Horsemanship offers therapeutic classes that help people in the following areas: disability/mobility impairment rehabilitation (recovery from surgery, illness, accident) restoration (trauma, emotional, spiritual) Therapeutic riding and/or vaulting strengthens core muscles in a non-weight bearing environment. The horse’s gait at the walk mimics a human’s gait. It is unimpeded and allows for full range of motion. This unimpeded walking motion supplies a sensory stimulus up the spinal column ...

Horses Heal

Two years ago, Warm Beach Horsemanship Director Lisa Tremain had a severe crushing injury resulting in permanent nerve damage in her left leg. Today, she is riding and working confidently, largely thanks to therapeutic vaulting. After a year and a half of physical therapy, Lisa plateaued in her recovery. She was frustrated with her working and riding limitations. Seeing this, Ginger Reitz, Warm Beach’s Therapeutic Horsemanship Coordinator, approached Lisa and suggested therapeutic vaulting to supplement her physical therapy. Lisa saw ...

“I Received a Scholarship”

Warm Beach Horsemanship offers Equestrian Vaulting instruction through camps, classes, and even a competitive club team. Equestrian Vaulting is essentially gymnastics and dance on a moving horse. Many who participate in vaulting instruction are horse enthusiasts but have never tried the sport. As you can imagine the first time sitting on a horse with no saddle and being asked to let go and stretch your arms to the side can be rather unnerving. Ginger Reitz, Assistant Horsemanship Director, describes the ...

Letting Go

By Shelby Janes Life can be hectic. One can easily find themselves running from one thing to the next, groceries, social activities, work, cooking, cleaning, and phone calls. I’m sure you could add to this list. But there are also activities that cause us to take pause and reflect on the world and our place in it: gardening, going to church, holding a baby, taking a walk, watching a sunset, and if you are an animal lover, working with a ...

Life skills learned through horses

I have had the pleasure of seeing how horse partnerships impact campers’ lives, bringing self-confidence and joy. Some campers come to horsemanship fearful and by the end of their program ride confidently with their new horse friend. Horses have so much to teach us about trust, leadership and self-confidence. Through horsemanship I aim to teach students that in relationship with their horse they can become effective leaders. If given clear cues and treated with respect, a horse will begin to ...

Hope and love in God

As I sat around the crackling campfire with my campers this summer, I was filled with amazement as they began to share their stories. One particular girl stood out to me. I knew some of her background as she’d been to Horse Camp for a number of years, but this year was different. She had a sparkle in her eye as she told of the way God had helped her through her struggles and she boldly encouraged the other kids ...

The healing power of a horse

Kristine Campbell, a Warm Beach Camp resident and volunteer, has been participating in the Therapeutic Horsemanship Program, at Warm Beach Camp for several months. Kristine has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a disease of the central nervous system. MS can cause fatigue, eye problems, cognitive problems, heat sensitivity, and balance issues, just to name a few. For Kristine, having MS means that she has to be vigilant whenever she is walking so that she doesn’t lose her balance. About a year ago, ...
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The Rampathon is on!

Nearly choking back tears, the crew foreman for Synergy Construction described how meaningful it was to watch little Ashley Schreiber mount the big black draft horse, Freya. His crew had just spent three days at Warm Beach Camp Stables building an elaborate ramp, complete with hand rails, a mounting platform, fencing, and gates, to create a safe space for mobility challenged riders to mount their horses. With ease, Ashley was able to transfer from her wheelchair to the back of ...
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God’s loving embrace

We have kids attend who come from many diverse backgrounds; culturally, emotionally and spiritually. Everyone walks through the doors on the first day of Horse Camp with a different experience or expectation of what a week at camp will be like. One particular young lady who attended had recently been transitioned into a new family. She was timid around all the new kids who were at camp with her, and she was very afraid and unsure being around horses. Over ...
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Heart for horses and special needs

One summer day in 2016, I witnessed the power of service and ministry come together at a Vaulting Camp at Warm Beach Camp. One child who was largely confined to a wheelchair found mobility, and another child struggling with the deepest, darkest depression, found purpose. Their smiles were infectious! I could see a life changing event was occurring. I had the opportunity to watch the Lord work in His miraculous way as he brought these two lives together – one ...

Horse Assisted Learning

What can you learn from a horse? Trust, Personal Confidence and Life Skills! Horses have much to teach us simply by being near them and connecting with them. Horse Assisted Learning classes offer participants the hands-on experience of working around and with horses. In a therapeutic and safe environment, participants have the opportunity to interact with horses in a supervised curriculum based unmounted program. The horse is a partner in the therapeutic process along with the staff and student. Horses ...

Therapeutic Vaulting

You can do it! Therapeutic Vaulting is ideal for those who may be challenged by physical, cognitive, or emotional conditions where individualized attention in a therapeutic environment will reap the greatest rewards. Vaulters develop their balance, strength, and flexibility while gaining personal confidence. It is a safe and supportive atmosphere where vaulters progress at their own pace. Classes are similar to the Warm Beach Vaulter’s competitive vaulting program, but with an emphasis on physical, cognitive, and social development. Adaptive vaulters ...
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A powerful way to rebuild trust

There is something powerful when a child connects with a horse. It has been said that horses love us and bear our burdens unconditionally. This is the heart of Warm Beach Camp’s equestrian connection. For children who have had relational trust broken in their lives, a connection with a horse is a powerful way to rebuild trust and open a child’s heart to the possibilities of being loved and accepted. The Warm Beach Horsemanship program offers a variety of equestrian ...
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He licked my face, that’s how I know he loves me!

Today the barn is quiet. There are no horses in the arena and no children in sight. The only sound is the distant hum of a weed eater. It’s hard to imagine in just nine weeks the stables will be full of children, horses and laughter.    Summer Camp brings such sweet memories to mind. Each year I get the chance to witness many lives changed, many obstacles overcome and many children set free - free from the lies that ...

Spring Break on a Horse

Are you looking for the perfect Spring Break activity for the young horse-lover in your family? Warm Beach Horsemanship now offers Spring Horse Day Camp, April 4-7, 2017, for youth ages 8-15. Campers will experience loving and caring for a horse of their own while they grow in their faith, friendships, and horsemanship skill. Each day from 9am to 4pm, campers will learn about horses and work directly with a horse that is carefully selected just for them. Campers will ...

Meet Warm Beach Camp’s new Horsemanship Director – Part 2

Lisa shares more about her life in New Zealand and her heart’s desire to impact lives through a horsemanship experience. Q:  What were some of your influences growing up? A: My parent’s worked at camps while I was growing up. Having so many fun activities, like horses, right in your backyard is so cool. We moved around a lot so I got to experience a number of different camps. It is interesting to see how different camps operate and how ...

Meet Warm Beach Camp’s new Horsemanship Director – Part 1

Lisa Tremain, a New Zealand native, returns to Warm Beach Camp as the new Horsemanship Director We are excited to have Lisa back on staff at Warm Beach Camp! Lisa first came as a Wrangler in Training (WIT) in 2003, and since has served in other camp ministries throughout New Zealand. Recently, we sat down with Lisa and asked her some questions we thought you would like to know. And with her gracious, gentle spirit and her cool New Zealand ...

What I learned as a horse camper

By Ruthann Goodrich My time spent as a horse camper were some of my favorite childhood memories. Each summer, I would wait in anticipation for my week of horse camp, packing my bags far in advance before I would go. I could not wait to spend a week with horses, staff, and fun all day long. I started going to horse camp as young as I was allowed, all the way through high school, and then worked as a Jr. ...