Camp Horses/ Horses for Hire
What You Can Do
Ask camp owners and dude ranch operators where their horses go at the end of the season. If they can’t tell you, the answer is simple- look elsewhere. Do the research and ask questions! Ask if the camp is ACA (American Camping Association) accredited. If so, that means they follow a set of standards to maintain the barn and its inhabitants including safety for horses and campers. However, this doesn’t 100% ensure they do not go to auction when the season is over. The best and most reputable camps are the ones that keep their equines all year long and retire them when they can no longer work.