Camp Tuku is proud to partner with the equestrian program at the Orme School to offer both horseback riding and horse grooming elective classes to our campers. Under the guidance of a Master Wrangler campers will learn about basic horsemanship and experience a memorable trail ride with the backdrop of beautiful Mayer, AZ – a truly unique Western experience.

Through the equestrian program our campers have the opportunity to deepen their mindfulness practices in the following ways:

  1. Breathing and Relaxation: Mindful breathing techniques can help you stay calm and centered while riding. Deep, rhythmic breaths can calm both you and your horse, making the ride more enjoyable and reducing the risk of tension or anxiety.
  2. Emotional Regulation: Mindfulness can help you manage emotions like fear or nervousness that can arise while riding. By acknowledging these feelings without judgment and then refocusing on the ride, you can maintain a more balanced and enjoyable experience.
  3. Improved Balance and Posture: Mindfulness encourages you to pay attention to your body’s alignment and balance. This awareness can help you maintain better posture while riding, which is not only more comfortable for you but also beneficial for the horse.
  4. Communication: Effective communication with your horse is vital for a successful ride. Mindfulness can improve your ability to communicate with subtle cues, body language, and reins, leading to a smoother and more cooperative partnership with your horse.
  5. Personal Growth: Mindful riding can be a path to personal growth, helping you develop patience, discipline, and emotional resilience. It can also be a form of self-expression and a way to build self-confidence.

Incorporating mindfulness into your horseback riding practice doesn’t mean you have to meditate on horseback. Instead, it involves being fully engaged in the experience, embracing the present moment, and developing a deeper connection with your horse.