Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association

Improving Your Child's Fitness and Well-being

Horseback riding is a great activity for stimulating the body, mind and spirit. It is not only recreation; but, an opportunity to learn the subtleties of communication and develop trust with one of nature’s most noble creatures.


Physical Benefits

Horse riding offers riders both cardiovascular and muscle conditioning. You may think that the horse is doing all the work; however, an hour on horseback can burn similar calories to that of a 30-minute run or bicycle ride. Riding develops balance and coordination. As the horse moves, the rider is constantly using muscles to maintain balance which helps to strengthen the deep postural muscles of the trunk and pelvis. Good coordination is also needed to get the desired response from the horse. By repeating the patterned movements needed to control the horse, your child’s reflexes quicken and hand-eye coordination improves.


Psychological Benefits

Horse riding is recognized as having excellent therapeutic qualities. It is a great stress buster! In fact, the psychological benefits your child experiences can be of equal value as the physical ones. For many children, a horse is an important connection with nature whether they ride in the arena or down the trail.

Developing a relationship and sense of trust with a horse is highly rewarding. And, learning to control and care for such a large animal can have a profound affect on your child’s confidence. Many children find companionship and solace working with horses that carries them through the tumultuous teen years.

Sharing information on horse care and working together in the barn is a great way to socialize, improve communication skills and form lasting friendships with other riders.


Life Long Learning

Horse riding is an activity your child can enjoy all his or her life. Horse riding provides opportunities to discover and explore, giving someone a sense of pure, timeless freedom and exhilaration. And, you don’t need a horse or a lot of gear to get started. A riding school can give you a taste of the sport and provide all of the necessary equipment including the horse!

Upcoming Events

Little Bits Spring Session

11 week program starts April 1

Balanced Rider Put Into Practice

April 29 6pm - classroom

Corrective Exercises by Jenifer Parks, Equiletics

Presented by EAADA $30/session or $50/both
April 26 7-9pm Classroom
May 3 7-9pm Classroom

Breath Work Clinic with Karl Faes (16+ only)

$65/session
May 4 5-9pm Classroom

Pony Poop Compost Sale 10am-2pm

May 5 & 6
May 20 & 21

Edmonton Kubota Demo Days

May 12 & 13 - show grounds

J Percy Page Career Day

May 16

Edmonton Classic Horse Show

Cancelled for 2018

AB Green Certificate Testing

May 30 and 31

Moonlight in the Meadows

Technology networking conference - show grounds
June 8

WELCA Horsemanship Year End Show

Kids, Hounds & Homecooking
June 23 & 24

Pony Up Half Day Summer Camps (ages 4-9)

July 9-13 FULL
July 23-27 FULL
August 6-10 FULL

Horse Rider Summer Camps (ages 9-14)

July 2-6 FULL
July 16-20 FULL
August 13-17 FULL

Feathered Horse Classic Show

July 20-22

Equine Massage Therapy Long Course

August 6 - September 14

Edmonton Kennel Club Regional Dog Show

August 8-12

AB North Pony Club Show

August 22 - 26

Chasing the Wind - Story of Horses

Documentary Viewing Party
September 16, 8pm - Classroom


Horse Racing Alberta

p. 780.435.3597
e. info@welca.ca

Map to WELCA