Saddlelake’s Junior Care Program

This program is designed to teach our Saddlelake riders to be strong horsemen. Teaching them the skills necessary to care for and understand their horses in the barn, not just in the arena.

This 21 week program will be led by a Saddlelake Staff member, every Sunday from 8-11am. Starting Jan. 8th through May 28th, 2023 at the KY barn.

Each Sunday the students will be involved in the morning feeding of the horses. Each week will be focused on a different topic or skill pertaining to horse care and handling.

Applicants must be:

  • 10-17 years old
  • Enrolled in lessons at Saddlelake for at least a year (previously signed lesson permission forms apply for the Junior Care Program)
  • Dressed appropriately; paddock or tall boots. Gloves recommended 

(We recommend each student brings a water bottle and apples/carrots for the horses)

Each Junior Care Program session is limited to 5 juniors and will be $200 per Junior per session. Please fill out the application below and return to Missy Jo.

Weekly Topics:

Jan. 8: Hay + Grain : Portions, mixing grain, inspecting hay quality

Jan. 15: Supplements : How to feed supplements and why

Jan. 22: Blanket Management : proper blanket fitting and layering

Jan. 29: Medication: How to administer different types of equine medicine and why

Feb. 5: Tail Care: How to wash, brush, braid, and wrap

Feb. 12: Mane Care: How to pull manes

Feb. 19: Hoof Care: Hoof anatomy; applying oil and thrush buster; packing hooves

Feb. 26: Leg Care: Leg anatomy; How to ice, wrap, and evaluate legs

Mar. 5: Deworming: How to administer dewormer and why

Mar. 12: Lunging: How to lunge safely

Mar. 19: Lunging: gaining confidence while lunging

Mar. 26: Mare Care: Pre-foaling checks; mare health 

Apr. 2: Mare Care: Pre-foaling checks; preparing foaling stall

Apr. 9: Foal Care: Post-foaling checks for mare and foal, umbilical care

Apr. 16: Foal Care: Intro to foal handling

Apr. 23: Lunging younger ponies: how to ensure young ponies have good lunging habits

Apr. 30: Handling Weanlings: leading and grooming ponies between 6 months to 1 year old

May. 7: Handling Yearlings: leading and grooming 1 year old ponies 

May. 14: Handling 2 year olds: leading and grooming 2 year old ponies 

May. 21: Turnout: When to start turnout in spring to manage the grass

May.28: Turnout (+ Fun last day activity) : How to safely turnout ponies and catch from fields