Free Time During Riding Lessons

What do you think about free time during therapeutic riding lessons? I have seen the whole spectrum of opinions used appropriately. No Free Time I have heard it said that there should be no free time in lessons because everything in the lesson must have a purpose and be working toward therapeutic benefits. Wandering around aimlessly … Continue reading

Lesson Eval of a Rider with CP

I have a sweet rider who has CP that I wanted ideas for, so I asked my director to evaluate my lesson with them the other day. I want to share the results with you! Lesson Eval of a Rider with CP Lesson Plan Rider Diagonsis: CP, weak right side to the extend their back curves over to … Continue reading

Horse and Tack Parts

“Horse Parts” (or Tack Parts) is when you take some time during the lesson to review parts. Why teach horse and tack parts: practical benefits helps them understand your instructions (“hand over the withers,” “hold the pommel,” etc.) helps them communicate with you more effectively (“my foot!” vs. “my foot fell out of the stirrup”) … Continue reading

Advanced Warm Ups

I have been teaching more advanced riders lately, so I have been thinking about more advanced warm ups. Initially, warm ups for riders with disabilities focus on preparing them to learn a riding skill, prepare their body to work, help them transition, and establish balance. Typically exercises are done for both upper and lower body, … Continue reading

Fun Video Friday: Posting Trot and Diagonals

Today’s video is a nice example of how to teach the posting trot and diagonals, similar to how I usually teach it. She’s got lots of hows and whys, and some tips for instructors. If you’re an experienced instructor, you probably already know all this but it’s a good review. If you’re a new instructor, … Continue reading

Figure 8s Gymkhana Pattern

Here is a simple pattern to use for steering. Set up the arena with barrels or poles like this: Teach steering. Practice steering by walking on the rail and making circles around the barrels closest to the rail, one on each side. Do this both directions. Progress to the Figure 8s gymkhana pattern: Enjoy! **************** … Continue reading

The Cool Down & Review

Sometimes we get so into the lesson or activity we forget about appropriately ending the class and before you know it, you only have time left to do a quick lap to cool down and dismount. If your “punch line” needs a little revitalizing (like mine do lately) I hope this will help! The Review & Cool … Continue reading

Activity Ideas

I just came across this handout from a PATH Intl conference, “Tying Your Lesson Together: Threading The Components Of Your Lesson Together To Achieve Skill Progression” presented By Anthony Busacca, Amy Sheets and Joelle Devlin. It has some great exercise and activity ideas in it. Enjoy! http://www.pathintl.org/images/pdf/conferences/national/presentations%20for%20web/Tying-Your-Lesson-Together.pdf **************** Note: This is not professional advice, this is a blog. I am not liable … Continue reading

Birthday Game

And now in a rare cameo appearance… Yesterday was my birthday, and the birthday of one of our clients who had her lesson that night! This called for celebration. What is it they say apparently say in Indiana – treat yo self? So I decided to treat myself and purchased the birthday cake ring toss game. Inflatable … Continue reading