Harding Heights Ranch is a responsible small business in the West Kootenays that provides a wonderful service for kids and families.
Earlier this year, they made the decision to shut down their Horse Camps because of the pandemic sweeping North America and the World out of safety for kids in this area that love horses. They have been waiting patiently for this pandemic to subside before considering opening things up again.
Later in September, there are plans for a soft opening of the ranch to the public for horseback riding. Shauntelle Harding and Irene Harding will let people know more about this in later September 2020.
I assist them with managing their Harding Heights Ranch website at hardingheightsranch.com and it will be exciting to see kids riding horses again later this year.
We will let everyone know when we will be open again, but at this time, May 28, 2020, we are closed due to the CoronoVirus and our insurance. Please be patient, as the horses will be ready when this all clears.
Everyone in the world is being affected by COVID-19. Here in Canada it is highly recommended taking a precautionary measure called “physical distancing.” This means kids and adults should be at least one metre or even a horse length apart from others. Public health officials have also suggested that people stay at home and limit all non-essential trips. So what do you do to keep the kids busy?
With physical distancing and self-isolation becoming a part of our lives, each day we give you suggestions for how you can follow the guidance of health experts, while also keeping yourself and your loved ones busy and “out” in nature. After you do your birding, spend some time learning to draw a Big Easter Bunny Portrait.
On Friday we will learn to draw an Easter Egg Folding Surprise.
WHAT CAN KIDS DO TO STAY BUSY? GO BIRDING
Not all physical distancing activities need to happen indoors. Spring is here and many birds are getting ready for their northern migration. Birding by yourself or with your parents or parent is a perfect opportunity to not only distance yourself from others but to also gain a greater appreciation of the nature you have in your own backyard and this will help to relieve stress.
There are plenty of feathered friends and other urban wildlife that can be spotted from your window, or from the safety and comfort of your yard.
Remember! Tomorrow we will learn to draw an Easter Egg Folding Surprise.
It is tough staying inside and not being able to go play with your friends. To help kids adjust to being indoors with the social distancing rules in place we decided to teach kids how to draw. We found some excellent videos, and by following along with this video you will learn how to draw a horse!
Tomorrow we will learn to draw a big Easter Bunny portrait.
We will be CANCELLING next week’s camps on Monday and Friday due to the increase of risk that the COVID-19 virus now brings. We apologize for any inconvenience this brings. We will be crediting those camps back to you for a later date as we do plan to host more camps once the threat of the virus has passed. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.
❇️We have a separate area set up for ages 1-5 so if we book you into another time slot or if you also have older kids and get bumped into one of the older kid categories NOT TO WORRY as we have a SEPARATE AREA RESERVED FOR AGES 1-5 😉🔆.
⚠️PARKING UP TOP IN FIELD ONLY⚠️ 🙋🏻♂️Please watch for the parking attendants 🚙🚥🛑
Week-long summer horse camps 2019 – August 26-30 (FULL) 🐴 Ages 10+ only 8:30am – 1:30pm daily (Friday pick up 2pm) $300 $100 non-refundable deposit to hold spots Only 6 spaces are available per camp. First come first serve.
Daily please pack: •Lunch 🥙 •Long pants 👖 •Light Jacket •Boots with heel 🥾 •Hat 🧢 •Bike helmet or riding helmet (can be provided if you don’t have one). •Change of clothes for the heat (shorts, short-sleeved shirt 👚, sandals etc •Thin gloves 🧤 if you like
All parents must sign a waiver morning of drop off. A remainder of fees also due at drop off.
•Meet & greet •Baking horse cookies •Farm tour with animal petting •Scavenger hunt •Meet the horses •Horse etiquette •Assigning of horses (kids get their own horse for the whole week!) •How to tie your horse (quick release method) •Horse grooming the proper way •Hoof picking •Horsemanship (all week) •Horse work-sheets (parts of the horse, parts of the saddle, parts of the hoof, horse colours, markings & breeds) •Riding your horse (how do they work!?) •Obstacle course fun •Trail riding, trail riding etiquette, leave no trace policy (daily) •Last day lunch in the mountains ⛰☺️