Watchung Stable Offers Winter Clinics About Horses

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MOUNTAINSIDE – Watchung Stable will hold a series of weekend clinics for children and adults this winter.

“Beyond Just Riding” is a series of five winter clinics being offered on Sundays at Watchung Stable. Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal, the clinics will be held on Sunday mornings from January 15 through February 12.

“We are pleased to continue this program which explores different equestrian topics with no actual riding,” said Freeholder Chairman Deborah Scanlon. “This exploration of horses and horseback riding will help people learn simple behaviors of the horse and what it actually takes to own your own horse.”

Participants, ages nine through adult, are invited to register for as many clinics as they would like. Each “Beyond Just Riding” session will last two hours and will focus on one of a variety of horse and horsemanship topics. All riding levels are welcome. The clinics will be held in the barn or the lecture area of the stable.

The winter clinics are being offered as follows:

  • Jan. 15 9-11 a.m. Grooming and Tacking Up;
  • Jan. 22 9-11 a.m. Behavior of Horses;
  • Jan. 29 9-11 a.m. Basic Tack and Care of Tack;
  • Feb. 5 9-11 a.m. Advanced Grooming;
  • Feb. 12 9-11 a.m. What It Takes To Own A Horse.

The cost is $20 per person for each two-hour clinic.

Children from the ages of three to eight are welcome to come to Watchung Stable in Mountainside this winter to enjoy specialized non-riding mini-clinics to expand their knowledge of horses. Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal, the clinics will be held on three Saturdays: Jan. 14, Feb. 4, and Feb. 18.

“We are glad to sponsor programs that are focused on different equestrian topics for young children,” said Scanlon. “There’s no riding involved in these clinics, but the children enjoy learning about horses and actually grooming the horses.”

Children ages three to eight can enjoy a hands-on grooming session with Watchung Stable’s resident horses. “Just the Two of Us” grooming sessions are included so a parent and child can participate together. Each session will last one hour. The clinics will be held in the barn or the lecture area of the stable and are designed to include parents and children who have never ridden before.

The Kiddie Clinics about horses will be offered as follows:

  • Jan. 14: 9-10 a.m. Mini-Grooming: for children ages 6-8;
  • Jan. 14: 10-11 a.m. Colorful World of Horses: children ages 6-8 learn about different breeds;
  • Jan. 14: 11-12 p.m. Just the Two of Us: mini-grooming for children ages 3-5 with a parent.
  • Feb. 4: 9-10 a.m. Mini-Grooming: for children ages 6-8;
  • Feb. 4: 10-11 a.m. Colorful World of Horses: children 6-8 learn about different breeds;
  • Feb. 4: 11-12 p.m. Just the Two of Us: mini-grooming for children ages 3-5 with a parent.
  • Feb. 18: 9-10 a.m. Mini-Grooming: for children ages 6-8;
  • Feb. 18: 10-11 a.m. Colorful World of Horses: children 6-8 learn about different breeds;
  • Feb. 18: 11-12 p.m. Just the Two of Us: mini-grooming for children ages 3-5 with a parent.

The cost is $10 per person for each Kiddie Clinic.

Space is limited for both programs, and in-person pre-registration is required at Watchung Stable, located at 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside. For more information, call Watchung Stable at 908-789-3665, or e-mail your questions to stablequestions@ucnj.org


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