Update from the Stables
This time of year, our update from the stables usually focuses on training the summer staff and preparing the horses for camp. Though we can’t have staff onsite to begin training, our equestrian team is doing an excellent job at continuing as normal with the herd and in the barn.
Camp Ondessonk staff members are riding the horses to get them ready for campers and the herd received their annual vaccinations last week. We have also experienced a lot of rain recently, which is great for growing hay. Program staff and Camp Ondessonk’s assistant equestrian director, Emelyn Herndon, have been cleaning and oiling all the saddles, which is a task that is usually completed by volunteers during our Stable Round-Up. To keep things festive, Emelyn set up her television in the barn and everyone watched horse movies while cleaning. How fun is that?!
In addition to stable work, our equestrian director, Catherine Limkeman, has been working on updating the LIT and CIT programs to help campers become more equipped to be wranglers if they should choose to apply in the future. Stay tuned for these changes to be implemented during Summer Camp 2021!
We can’t wait for the day our campers and volunteers can return to Camp Ondessonk, but in the meantime, we’ll leave you with a little joke because everyone could use some more laughter in their lives right now.
Q: Why did the horse eat with its mouth open?
A: Because it had bad stable manners.