Classes and Summer Camps
In Windhorse classes and camps, youth learn horsemanship and riding skills while also learning social emotional skills like leadership, partnership, communication, trust, empathy and more. They gain tremendous confidence partnering with a 1000-pound horse while also learning about themselves and their own capacity for leadership. Windhorse programs also help alleviate anxiety and build awareness of self and others.
Windhorse Equine Learning offers classes in three 6-week sessions throughout the year (spring, summer and fall), and summer camps in June and July. Our classes are two hours per week and take place at Windhorse, 3477 Johnson Road in Bozeman. Summer camps are three hours per day for five consecutive days. Windhorse serves youth from third grade through high school. The fee is $350 for both classes and camps; needs-based scholarships are available. Complete the registration application below, and apply for a scholarship at https://windhorseequinelearning.org/what-we-do/scholarships.html.
Although kids in Windhorse classes and camps do learn how to ride, it is not our mission to teach riding. Our Level 1 beginner class is all taught on the ground. In Level 1, kids learn about horse behavior and communication, as well as how to halter, groom and lead a horse, but they do not ride. They learn about leadership and communication, how to be safe around horses and how to build a positive relationship with their horse. Most importantly, they learn about themselves and their own capacity for leadership, and gain tremendous confidence and self-efficacy in the process. This is our mission. In our Level 2 class, kids learn how to ride while focusing on partnership and relationship skills. We do teach riding in our week-long summer camps.
Here are our class levels and the skills we focus on in each:
Level 1: Leadership (All kids must begin in this level. There is no riding in Level 1.)
Level 2: Partnership (Kids begin to learn riding skills. All subsequent levels include riding as part of the curriculum.)
Level 3: Responsibility
Level 4: Trust
Level 5: Empathy
Level 6: Resilience
Level 7: Awareness/Attunement
2022 Class and Camp Schedule
Spring Classes FULL
April 4 - May 14, Grades 3-12. Sign up below.
Saturdays and weekday afternoons. Times vary.
Practicing Mindfulness with Horses: a class for teens with anxiety (Middle and high school students only). Sign up below
Spring: Week of April 4 - May 14, weekday afternoon, day of week TBD
Summer: Week of June 20 - July 25, weekday afternoon, day of week TBD
Fall: Week of September 19 - October 29, weekday afternoon, day of week TBD
Beginner Summer Camps
June 20-24, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Grades 3-8. Sign up below. FULL
July 11-15, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Grades 3-5. Sign up through the YMCA at 406-994-9622. FULL
July 25-29, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Grades 3-8. Sign up below. FULL
September 19 – October 29, Grades 3-12. Sign up below. BEGINNER CLASSES ARE FULL.
Saturdays and weekday afternoons. Times vary.
Payment deadlines and cancellation policies
Deposits and payments
Once you have confirmed that you are enrolled in a class or camp, please respect the following deadlines. A deposit of $100 is required to reserve your spot (exception for full scholarship recipients). You may mail a check to Windhorse at 3477 Johnson Road, Bozeman 59718 or pay online at https://windhorseequinelearning.org/how-to-help/donate.html. If you pay online, we ask that you cover the associated fees, which is an option in checkout.
- Deposits Due February 15th
- Full Payment Due March 18th
Summer Camp June 20-24
- Deposits Due May 1st
- Full Payment Due June 6th
Summer Camp July 25-29
- Deposits Due June 15th
- Full Payment Due July 11th
- Deposits Due August 1st
- Full Payment Due September 5th
Cancellations made up to two weeks prior to the program start date will receive a full refund. Cancellations unrelated to COVID-19 and less than two weeks prior to the start date will not receive a refund. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 14 days prior to the start date if you need to cancel. If you know you are going to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible so we have a chance to fill your spot. No refunds will be issued for no-shows once a program has started. If your child is ill or has a conflict and must miss a class or a day of camp, we cannot reschedule. However, if Windhorse must cancel a program or a class due to Covid-19 circumstances, illness, weather or other conditions, we will first do our best to reschedule, or we will provide you with a refund if we are unable to reschedule.
Windhorse Covid policies are subject to change based on the current behavior of the virus and the level of community infection. For the spring 2022 session, as of March 10, we will NOT require the students to wear masks either indoors or outdoors. This is due to the current low level of transmission in Gallatin County. We follow the recommendations of the Gallatin County Health Department when making decisions related to Covid-19 protocols. We will also not be taking temperatures or asking parents to complete any Covid-related paperwork. That said, we ask that you do not bring your child to class or camp if they are exhibiting any signs of illness, even the sniffles.
This policy is subject to change if the situation changes. Thanks for your patience as we continue to navigate this pandemic and do our best to keep your kids and our staff safe. Please let us know if you have any questions.