4 Days Ranch and Horse Riding ADDventure Holiday for Teen Girls in Montana, USA

Fun ADHD Horse Riding Holiday in USA

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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!

Key information

  • Tack Type: Western

Highlights

  • 5 horse riding sessions
  • Horse safety orientation program
  • One-on-one exercise with the horse
  • Art therapy projects and team building activities
  • Powerful campfire conversations and nightly journal sessions
  • Guidance of a doctor, two therapists, and two teachers
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • 3 nights’ accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request

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.

Horse N Courage Horse Riding Holiday USA Program

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.

Schedule

Day 1 - Thursday

  • 13:00 Campers' check-in, getting settled in the camping tent, enjoying snacks and meeting new friends (parents sign release forms)
  • 14:00 Opening
  • 15:00 Icebreaker and team building activity
  • 16:30 Break
  • 17:00 Meeting your horse, grooming, and connecting
  • 17:30 Horse safety orientation (all campers are required to participate in basic horsemanship evaluations and horse safety program before going on any horseback rides)
  • 18:00 Early evening ride to get the campers comfortable and confident on their horses
  • 19:30 Dinner (campers roast their own beef hot dogs for dinner, to enjoy with other entrees)
  • 20:30 Downtime (finishing up getting settled in tents before dark)
  • 21:00 Campfire conversation and s'mores around the campfire (focus, self-esteem, and confidence)
  • 21:45 Journal (what holds you back)
  • 22:00 Lights-out

Day 2 - Friday

  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Opening
  • 09:00 One-on-one exercise with the horse
  • 10:00 Trail ride (up to two hours)
  • 12:00 Lunch in the camp
  • 13:00 Painting mandala stones
  • 15:00 Mindful ride (one hour)
  • 16:00 Reflection of a mindful ride
  • 17:00 Downtime (supervised, but an unstructured period where girls can work on a small art project, nap, take a walk, learn to rope, take pictures or write in their journals)
  • 17:45 Conversations about the importance of a healthy eating, exercise, and adequate sleep
  • 18:00 Dinner in the camp
  • 19:00 Campfire conversations around the campfire (initiative, determination, and courage)
  • 20:45 Scavenger hunt in the dark
  • 22:00 Journal (one way you’d like to grow in this next year)
  • 22:30 Lights-out

Day 3 - Saturday

  • 08:00 Breakfast in the camp
  • 09:00 Opening
  • 09:30 Self-compassion tools (identify what ADHD or ADD looks like in teen girls, identify in self, discuss how ADHD has affected their life, positive and negative, and self-compassion cork)
  • 11:00 Trail ride (1.5 hours)
  • 12:00 Sacking lunch out on the trail
  • 13:00 Relax break in tents or relaxing in the lodge or around the camp
  • 13:30 Search for plants or leaves to make a bookmark
  • 14:00 Core belief with horses
  • 15:30 Making smart plans
  • 17:00 Popcorn, music, and dancing
  • 18:00 Game
  • 19:00 Dinner in the camp
  • 20:00 Cupcakes and conversation around the campfire (vision, gratitude, and respect)
  • 21:30 Journal (vision statement for the future)
  • 22:00 Lights-out

Day 4 - Sunday

  • 07:00 Breakfast in the camp
  • 08:00 Final trail ride
  • 09:30 Taking a picture with the horse
  • 10:00 Making a bookmark
  • 11:00 Closing
  • 12:00 Lite lunch (including leftovers)
  • 13:00 Check-out and goodbyes

Notes: The schedule is subject to change according to weather or time adjustments for activities!

Instructors

Sarah Hereim
Sarah is a mom of an ADHD teen girl, a horsewoman, a ranch wife, and a certified life coach. She has studied under Christine A. Tremain, LCPC, for many years and has no plans to stop learning from her workshops, classes, and retreats. She completed Christine's mind, body and spirit workshop, level 1 and 2 for life coaches and therapists. Sarah also attended a master’s level course and became certified in the Touched by a Horse Certification Life Coaching Program. She was also trained and co-facilitated a local bi-monthly support group for NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness).

Location

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.

Food

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!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Beautiful walks
  • Exploring The Bair Family Art Museum
  • Glacier National Park visit
  • Mountain hiking
  • Photographic opportunities
  • The Maize At Grandpa's Farm visit
  • Traveling with Charlie Russell Chew Choo
  • Trip to Ice Caves Trail
  • Trip to Judith Gap Wind Farm
  • Yellowstone National Park visit

What's included

  • 5 horse riding sessions
  • Horse safety orientation program
  • One-on-one exercise with the horse
  • Art therapy projects
  • Team building activities
  • Powerful campfire conversations
  • Self-compassion tools
  • Core belief with horses
  • Nightly journal sessions
  • Guidance of a doctor, two therapists, and two teachers
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • 3 nights’ accommodation

How to get there

Driving directions from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN)

  • Exit the airport parking lot.
  • Choose the Belgrade option and go one mile into Belgrade.
  • When you get into Belgrade, look for the I-90 east freeway exit sign.
  • Turn left on Jackrabbit Lane and stay in the right lane.
  • Turn right and merge onto I-90 east freeway.
  • Drive in the I-90 east for 42 miles to the Exit 340.
  • Travel on the 89 N and go for 49.2 miles.
  • Take a right on E 294 (Lennep / Martinsdale) sign and travel for 12.8 miles to the Horses N Courage sign approach.
  • It is half a mile before Mile Marker 13 on the right side of the highway.
  • The Horses N Courage sign is setting off to the right of the highway, by the turn-off.
  • Go ahead and open the gate and close it again after you get through.
  • You will travel on a two-lane road for a short distance and go over a cattle guard with a log entryway on each side.
  • Go through the gate, over the cattle guard and continue along the two-lane path till you get to the Y in the road.
  • Stay to the right and follow the two-lane road up the mountain.
  • It will take you right into camp, on the left of the road sitting in a grove of trees and you will see the camp.
  • Turn down the only lane to the left. The whole journey will take one hour and 45 minutes (107 miles).

Driving directions from Harlowton

  • Head out of Harlowton on US 12 highway, traveling for 23 miles.
  • Turn left on west 294 traveling for two miles, on the road into Martinsdale.
  • Turn right on the road to Lennep and travel for 14.3 miles to the Horses N Courage approach.
  • It is right around the corner from Mile Marker 13, on the left right side of the highway.
  • The Horses N Courage sign is setting off to the right of the highway, by the turn-off.
  • Go ahead and open the gate and close it again after you get through.
  • You will travel on a two-lane road for a short distance and go over a cattle guard with a log entryway on each side.
  • Go through the gate, over the cattle guard and continue along the two-lane path till you get to the Y in the road.
  • Stay to the right and follow the two-lane road up the mountain.
  • It will take you right into camp, on the left of the road sitting in a grove of trees and you will see the camp.
  • Turn down the only lane to the left. The whole journey will take 50 minutes.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability
  • 13 - 18 years old on July 26, 2018 
  • 14 - 16 years old on July 11, 2019
  • 13 - 15 years old on July 18, 2019 
  • 16 - 18 years old on July 25, 2019

 

 

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