Horseplay All Summer Long

June 7, 2013 Updated Jun 7, 2013 at 7:32 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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June 7, 2013 Updated Jun 7, 2013 at 7:32 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y.(WKBW) - Reilly Hamill, Linnea Garrison, and Palona Baumler have been riding horses for years.

"I learned a horse can be your best friend," Hamill said.

They started at the Buffalo Equestrian Center's Camp a few years ago. That camp will held again this summer.

"The kids really enjoy being with the horse and learning about it. They learn about parts of the horse, equipment the horses use, what they eat," Buffalo Equestrian Center Teacher Carlisle Lipke said.

Garrison had this to add.

"We do a lot of games, take care of horses and the leaders help a lot," Garrison said.

Carlisle Lipke is a teacher at the Equestrian Center. Although she says fun is the goal, there are other, more important, lessons to be learned.

"Whatever issues they have they tend to leave them at home. When they are with the animals and with their friends they seem to connect on a different emotional level. And not only do they learn respect for the animals but also responsibility," Lipke said.

Hamill said it also helps kids get over fears or find new interests.

"You might be nervous to ride the horse. Don't be nervous, they are really friendly," Hamill said.

Lipke said you don't have to go far to find this camp-- .

"Buffalo Equestrian Center is unique, in that we are located right in the Middle of the City. That is rare especially for a barn. It's easily accessible for people who live in the city for people who live here and can't bring the kids out to the country," Lipke said.

She said once you are there, you make life long friends with campers and some four-legged friends as well.