Stables Horses and Facility
The Ondessonk Stables is home to about 70 happy horses year round. Our herd is a unique and lovable mixture of both mares and geldings of different breeds. We have quarter horses, paints, Arabians, gaited horses, and more! They range in age, size, and personality, and all have a special place in our equestrian programs.
Our horses are primarily ridden Western and love to go on trail rides. They are friendly and sociable, making them perfect partners for anyone who comes to Camp Ondessonk; from the beginner to the more advanced rider.
Most of our horses have been donated. Many horses had previous careers before coming to Ondessonk, but upon arrival we train and evaluate them to find the perfect niche for them within our equestrian programs. Our horses lead a great life teaching kids and kids at heart about horsemanship and riding!
If you are interested in finding out more about donating a horse to the Ondessonk Stables, contact our Equestrian Director for more information.
(618) 695-2489 ext 127
At Ondessonk Stables, we have miles of trails that wind through our pastures and woods as well direct access to the Shawnee National Forest. We maintain a separate barn and pasture for horseback overnight camping trips.
In addition to our miles of trails, we also have riding arenas and an obstacle course. We have four smaller arenas and one large arena for instruction and lessons. The obstacle course provides a fun challenge that teaches better communication between horse and rider.
Our facility itself sits on 100 of Ondessonk’s 983 acres. We have a large barn that houses our tack, a horse work bay, box stall, teaching area, and two sleeping lofts. Branching out from the barn are more than 70 tie stalls where our horses come each morning for their individual feeding of grain. We have a dry lot with a large hay trough that opens up to eight pastures that the herd rotates through for grazing. Each pasture has a pond, rolling hills, and wooded areas for the horses to enjoy and explore.