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September/October 2017 school holiday camps

September/October 2017 school holiday camps

HPRA is offering three-day camps these September/October school holidays, on Monday to Wednesday 25-27 September and Tuesday to Thursday 3-5 October. The cost for each three-day camp is $300, or $120 per day – subject to availability.

Drop-off is at 9.30am; pick-up at 4pm.

Horses, safety helmets, accommodation and all food is included.

Bookings are essential, and places are limited. Please text Sandie on 0404 868 846 if you would like to book or discuss the school camps. Or you can email horsepowerriding@bigpond.com.

Kenneth Butler – Equine Chiropractor

Kenneth Butler, equine chiropractor
Kenneth Butler, equine chiropractor. © Irma Havlicek
Just as humans benefit from treatment by a specialist if they have mobility restrictions or pain, so too, horses can benefit from chiropractic treatment: manipulation of the neck, lumbar spine, pelvis, hips and legs to take pressure off joints and relieve soreness and stiffness.

Kenneth Butler has been an equine chiropractor for 35 years. He treats Sandie’s horses at HorsePower Riding Academy as well as agisted horses there and many other horses, including racehorses, if they develop problems in movement or flexibility or exhibit signs of pain. It is his years of training and experience that enables him to treat equine mobility issues with such success. He has extensive knowledge of equine anatomy and medical issues that chiropractic treatments may or may not help. Please don’t try to copy anything you see Ken doing in the photos here. To do so without appropriate training and experience could cause injury to the horse and also to yourself.

Ken Butler feeling a horse's neck to try to determine the problem.
Ken Butler feeling a horse’s neck to try to determine the problem. © Irma Havlicek

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HPRA riders and ponies off to Morrisett for camp

Abbie hugging Ace after washing and grooming him
Abbie hugging Ace after washing and grooming him. © Irma Havlicek
HorsePower Riding Academy was abuzz with excitement and activity this morning as riders arrived to ready their ponies for a two-day (and two-night) camp at Morrisset.

Ponies were washed, brushed, plaited and painted to make them beautiful for the show and camp.

Jaffa is in pony-bliss-heaven as he kisses his girl, Holly
Jaffa is in pony-bliss-heaven as he kisses his girl, Holly. © Irma Havlicek

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A great three-day camp

The smile on this rider says she made a lovely partnership with the bay pony, Trixie
The smile on Keira says she made a lovely partnership with Trixie. © Irma Havlicek
Friday 30 September was the last day of the three-day camp held last week. In the morning, the camp attendees decorated their ponies with paint and by plaiting their manes. Then there was a morning gymkhana, with riders practising their skills by riding around different competition courses and trying to be fastest back to the starting point. Competitions were mostly two riders at a time, which meant ponies and riders could be matched for experience. For those who weren’t yet confident enough, they were either led with a lead rope or followed a more experienced rider. This enabled everyone to enjoy the gymkhana at their own level.
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Summer holiday 2-day camps at HorsePower Riding Academy

HorsePower Riding Academy is offering 2-day camps during the 2016 January school holidays. Horses, safety helmets, accommodation and all food is included. The cost is $250 per rider.

Dates for the January 2016 camps are:

Tuesday-Wednesday, 5-6 January
Monday-Tuesday, 11-12 January
Thursday-Friday, 14-15 January
Monday-Tuesday, 18-19 January
Thursday-Friday, 21-22 January

Bookings are essential. Book now to make sure you don’t miss out!

Please text Sandie if you would like to discuss the coming school camps. Or you can email horsepowerriding@bigpond.com.

Featured image at top of post © Sandie Gleeson.