Horseback Adventures in the Shawnee National Forest
Grab the reins for an adventure that will have you feeding, grooming, saddling and riding a horse — all with the help of certified and experienced riding instructors!
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Program No. 4835RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Grab the reins for an adventure that will have you feeding, grooming, saddling and riding a horse — with a general introductory program for beginners or a fast-paced advanced program for experienced riders. Ride through beautiful pastures and out into the Shawnee National Forest, past sandstone bluffs, rock-bottom creeks, waterfalls and oak-hickory forests as you gain new appreciation for the bond between human and animal, as well as the great outdoors, on this extraordinary adventure.
Activity Level
Varies by date
Varies by date. Moderately Challenging: Horseback riding for up to 2 hours at a time; trail rides increase in length and difficulty throughout the week. Challenging: Horseback riding for up to 5-6 hours a day and trails pass over more challenging terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • With a max group size of eight, enjoy individual instruction from our knowledgeable and experienced certified riding instructors.
  • Bond with your assigned horse for the week, and learn about horse behavior, personalities and breeds.
  • Explore the unique beauty and biodiversity of Southern Illinois on either an in-depth introductory program or a more challenging advanced program.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Meagan Walters
Originally from Somerset, Pennsylvania, Meagan Walters came to Camp Ondessonk as the equestrian director in June 2012. Before that, she studied at the University of Pittsburgh and worked on a number of ranches out west. Meagan has an undying passion for horses and she loves to work outside. On her days off she can be found playing with her two horses or reading a good book.
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