“Bring Your Own Horse” Camp


What is “Bring Your Own Horse” Camp?

Hartford County 4-H Camp holds a bring your Own Horse Camp session during the first week of our summer season. This residential one week session is open to youth, age 11 or older, with his/her own horse.

Campers will take complete care of his/her own horse (feeding, grooming, tacking, and exercising their horse as well as barn chores), receive ring and lecture instruction, enjoy trail rides, and participate in a closing activity on Saturday.

Instruction and supervision will be conducted by competent, experienced staff in cooperation with the 4-H Camp Board.

Campers will live in cabins while their companions will be stabled in a box stall. Trailers cannot be left on the grounds.

Camp can accept 48 campers and horses during this co-ed session. Applications are accepted as received.

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When is the “Bring Your Own Horse” Camp Session?

June 23th – June 29th (2019)
 Click to Register Online

Sample Horse Camp Activities

  • Western, Hunt, & Saddle Seat Instruction
  • Trail Riding
  • Drill Team
  • Judging
  • Stable Management
  • Safety
  • Tack Care
  • Horse Show
  • You Name It
  • Swimming and Recreation

Campers will enjoy three well-balanced meals daily and will participate in a variety of traditional camp activities such as swimming, camp recreation, a variety of evening programs, and vespers by a camp fire.

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Important Information for Horse Campers & Parents

No stallions, nursing mares, colts, unruly green, or unrideable horses will be allowed.

Horse Health and Condition

Horses so classified may be sent home at the discretion of the Horse Camp Director. Horses must be properly trimmed or shod. State law requires an updated rabies vaccination. We require a Coggins test for Equine Infectious Anemia and strongly recommend Strangles Immunization. Strangles was on the property two years and there is conflicting information about the length of time it can survive in soil. Please consult your vet.

Please check with your veterinarian before coming to camp about the advisability of immunizations for Tetanus, Equine Influenza, and Encephalomyelitis (Eastern, Western).

Arrival and Departure

  • Sunday: Registration is between 2 pm and 4 pm at the Barns
  • Saturday: Camp ends at the close of the weekly final activity. Parent, family members and friends are invited to attend. The activity runs from 9am to 11am. Participation is voluntary.

What to Bring to Horse Camp

Click for a printable packing list!

Health Form and Parent Statement – Click to Download & Print


  • Sleeping bag & pillow
  • Plenty of extra clothing
  • Heavy socks
  • Boots
  • Riding helmet
  • Rain gear
  • Swimsuit
  • Towels
  • Everyday essentials
  • Don’t forget your horse!


  • Grain
  • Tack, tack box, and lead ropes
  • Water & feed containers
  • Grooming equipment
  • Fly spray
  • Fork
  • Bucket or wheelbarrow
  • Rake

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