The Ondessonk Stables are part of Camp Ondessonk- a large residential youth camp located in the heart of the beautiful Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. The Ondessonk Stables maintain and care for a herd of about 70 horses and about 100 acres of pasture year-round. During Ondessonk’s summer camp season we provide daily instruction and rides for campers, as well as dedicated horse camp programming and a unique 4-day horsepacking trip program. The rest of the year Ondessonk serves school groups, scouts, and families. We offer trail rides and horsemanship classes during these programs, and are open to the public. We are accredited by the Certified Horsemanship Association and the American Camping Association, and follow standards that stress safety, good horse management, effective programming, and creative teaching.