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Riding ADDventure for girls is a horseback riding camp for the ADHD teen girl in your life! The camp is for her if she is looking for a fun riding adventure and wants a sisterhood with other teen girls who share in the same struggles of trying to squeeze their creative, energetic, ADHD self into the public-school mold. ADHD is not a failed version of normal, it is simply a different way of being!
Your teen will sleep in Horse N Courage's luxury camping tents and under their big Montana, mountain sky! The tents are furnished with a battery powered lantern, flashlight, small table, wash jug, throw rug, cot, and comfortable sleeping mat. Sleeping bag liners and extra blankets are available in case of a chilly Montana summer night! You can bring your own sleeping bag, so that you can have it as heavy or as light as you need it, for a great night’s sleep.
Horse N Courage has four different luxury camping tents for your camper to choose from. Those are a large tent that sleeps three, two smaller tents that sleep two and one tent that sleeps one. Horse N Courage encourages the camper to enhance their camping experience and share a tent with another girl or two. But they understand if she really needs and wants alone time, and they have a single tent for such cases. It’s first-come, first-served, so be sure and contact Horse N Courage early to reserve that tent ahead of time.
Your teen will also have access to showering in the large, outdoor, wood-sided, self-standing propane heated structure. It is set behind the cook tent and faces the aspen trees, ensuring your camper the utmost privacy. The clean old-fashioned, outhouse toilet is a short walk from the tents.
Please note that smoking is not allowed in the tents or while out riding. The camper cannot also keep open food in tents as it could result in unwanted late night visitors. Additionally, because Horse N Courage has pets of their own on the ranch, they are not able to accommodate others. Their insurance will not allow them to bring outside horses into the ranch.
This riding ADDventure is a four-day, three-night horseriding experience. Horse N Courage is trained and experienced to teach a wide range of riders, so they are able to select the perfect horse for your teen. They will send a rider intake forms for you to fill out and return before your teen arrives. Once here, they will assess her skills, confidence level and size, then assign the appropriate horse and riding group. Their primary focus is safety, fun, and skill advancement. In that order!
If it’s your teen’s first time in the saddle, she will learn horse safety and basic western horsemanship. If she has ridden before, she will have a refresher course on horse safety and be assisted in improving her riding skills. To ensure each rider gets the utmost attention, they keep their camp to a limited enrollment. They accept no more than eight girls so that your teen will receive one-on-one attention and the appropriate guidance she requires.
Out of the saddle, your teen will enjoy art therapy projects, team building activities, and powerful campfire conversations. Horse N Courage's intention is to give your teen tools to help her develop a healthier self-esteem as well as gain confidence and self-awareness. Mindfulness and compassion skills help self-criticism and will help your teen to become more confident!
As there is no cell phone coverage or Wi-Fi on the ranch, Horse N Courage is hopeful that your teen will embrace the time to unplug and take in the beautiful natural setting that the mountains and horses have to offer. The environment plays a huge role in encouraging self-examination and reflection.
The reasons why Horse N Courage created this riding ADDventure is simple. They have their family-owned and operated, working guest ranch. Their youngest daughter, Nikky, is a wrangler for them and this past year she was diagnosed with ADHD. After getting her diagnosis, they were momentarily shocked and then immediately they looked back over the years and the light bulb came on!
They now understand and are thankful to know what they are dealing with, so they can jump in and start making changes in their parenting and help their daughter make the changes that she needs in order to be successful in school and life! This began their journey of educating themselves, assisting their daughter to accept her diagnosis, and guiding her to find the tools she needs to help herself.
Walking their personal journey is how the riding ADDventures for teen girls was born. While looking for resources for their daughter, they found nothing in the state of Montana. So with their first-hand knowledge, experience, and professionals, they created one! Their greatest desire was to take this beautiful mountain ranch that God blessed them with and the horses that they love to ride in order to create a haven for girls.
They know from experience their daughter’s struggle with trying to squeeze her creative, energetic, ADHD self into the public-school mold. They wanted her to find a sisterhood where she could be herself and flourish in a place she loves while doing what she loves! What a better way to help herself than to help others?
While your teen is at the camp, the activities she will be participating in will be led by Sarah Hereim. She thoroughly enjoyed all the training and the work that she did with the NAMI group, however, after her daughter’s diagnosis, she knew that working with teen girls was her passion. In order to best meet the needs of the girls, she also brought aboard a doctor, two therapists, and two teachers to assist her in creating a program.
The team provides a family-friendly learning environment where they assist girls with developing new strategies, improving the girls' current method, and helping them make a conscious commitment to changing their lifestyle, while surrounded by nature and horses. The team also helps your teen learn adaptive skills and coping strategies that will enhance her talents and strengths. Their passion is, in a nutshell, promoting fun and well-being in teens while sharing their ranch and strategies they have successfully used.
Notes: The schedule is subject to change according to weather or time adjustments for activities!
This riding holiday will take place at Horse N Courage, a rustic working ranch in the backcountry of Montana, USA. Your teens will ride on horseback on 2,000 acres of private, breathtaking, serene mountain ground. Riding alongside the Hereim family, they will experience trail rides and eating lunch on the trail ride while viewing Montana’s wildlife. They will have an opportunity to see elk, deer, antelope, moose, coyotes, and bears. They will also experience several different types of terrain. Everything from wide open pastures, riding through timber trails, rolling hills, crossing streams to breathtaking high mountain views.
Your teens will enjoy three Western, ranch-cooked meals a day with all the fixings served outside in a big open sky dining. They will enjoy big mountain breakfasts, hearty lunches, and beef prepared evening meals. The camp is all-inclusive, so the camper will enjoy outdoor, kitchen-tent cooked, teen-friendly meals! One evening, the teens will enjoy s’mores around the campfire.
If your teen has special dietary requirements, please let Horse N Courage know, so they can shop and prepare her meals accordingly. If your camper has a favorite snack or drink (e.g. special soda), Horse N Courage encourages her to bring them. They have big styrofoam coolers for campers to store cool stuff in and containers in the kitchen tent for snacks. They do ask that snacks are not stored it in the tents. They don’t want any small, late night visitors joining your camper in her tent!
Please book your flight to arrive at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN).