Advanced Horse Training and Riding Summer School

2017 Dates:

Session 1: June 20th - 23rd

Session 2: July 11th - 14th

Session 3: July 25th - 28th


Experience Level: No experience required.
Pre-registration is required for this event.


Riding activities will include trail riding, riding education, crossing ground poles,

weaving through cones, and other patterns all at the walk and trot. Non-riding

time will cover horse handling and safety, as well as basic nutrition and first aid. We'll even make some homemade horse treats! Non horse time will include educational activities about horses and the outdoors.  Water play/break time included to help keep kids cool.  A Mock Show will be held on Friday at 6pm, with a potluck and campfire to follow for all attendees and their families.

 Summer School Regsitrations due April 14th!!

June 6th-9th, 2017


Experience Level: Students must be comfortable with walk, trot, and canter.
Pre-registration is required for this event.


This is an educational based summer school for 8th-12th graders specifically

interested in learning about training horses. It includes groundwork such as

relationship building, skill building, strength building, and driving. Mounted time

includes developing a balanced, collected horse, jumping, working equitation,

and a trail ride or two! Students learn to bathe and prepare a horse for show, and

clean tack in preparation for the mock show held at the end of the week, with a

potluck and campfire to follow for all attendees and their families.


For 2017, participants will carry out a farm/horse photography activity and  a horse/outdoors based survival project.

Survival School & Camp-out


August 2nd - 3rd 9:00AM - 6:00PM Hiking Survival School

August 3rd - 4th 6:00PM - 6:00PM Equestrian Extension


Experience level: no experience required.

8th-12 grades and adults welcome!

Pre-registration is required for this event.


Taking a hike or a horseback trail ride in one of Saint Louis' many beautiful parks is fun and enjoyable until something goes wrong! Unforseen circumstances like sudden weather changes, trail wash outs, an injury, falling off and losing your horse and even your horse spooking and running with you a few miles from your intended trail do happen. Preparing for these events takes a little planning, skill, and a “go kit” that includes the tools you'll need.

We'll use Hidden Acres Homestead's large acreage and trail to learn to prepare for losing your trail and finding yourself off-the-grid without cell phone service; even be able to handle the unexpected overnight out in nature! Go Kits are included! The evening will include a camp out with tents and cooking with cast iron over the campfire!

Horse Riding & Care Summer School