Four Corners

Summer is in full swing! Can you smell the fly spray? Speaking of summer, here is a game we used to play at regular summer camp that I think would be fun to adapt to group riding lessons or as a camp activity. Enjoy! Four Corners Setup Create multiple choice questions. Put big signs for A, B, C … Continue reading

Ping Pong Pow Game

My horse, with husband and baby in the background. This is the first thing she does on our walk after not getting out for several weeks – mind you, out of the big pasture on the other side of the fence whose grass is apparently not luxurious enough. Anyway, I’ve had some responses on activity ideas … Continue reading

How to Start a Therapeutic Riding Program

I’ve had several people ask about how to start a therapeutic riding program – where to start and get help. While I have never done this myself, I’ve taken business classes and collected resources. So I have some recommendations, and I am sure a few of you readers have some advice to share! How to … Continue reading

Teaching Tips III

Here are some random tips I’ve been saving that don’t fit into a whole blog post but want to share! Enjoy! Teaching Tips III Sitting up straight “Make the front part of your torso longer than the back part” Walk trot walk Use colored cones like traffic signals: green cone means trot, yellow cone means slow down red cone … Continue reading

Fun Video Friday: Serpentine, Communication Game

Today I have 3 videos for you! First, a pattern. How to Ride a Serpentine She gives great explanations for why to ride this pattern. Second, a game. Communication Game Spoiler: It’s red light green light. Which you all know, I’m sure. BUT more interesting is how this video discusses communication, including one participant who … Continue reading

Reins on Halter vs. Bridle

I had a great inquiry from a reader about creating staff guideline for when to progress a student from having the reins clipped to the halter to having the reins on the bridle. We do not have such guidelines at our barn, but here is an example I just made up that might be appropriate. Example … Continue reading

Horse Skeleton Parts Puzzle

The other week I used this puzzle to show my students what a horse skeleton looks like and teach them some new parts. I think I made it for Halloween and never used it…so we’re doing it in the spring! Anyway, they always like the puzzles! Puzzle Game “Hide” the puzzle pieces around the arena. … Continue reading

Time Management, Part 3: Lesson Timing

This is the last post in this series about time management. Part 1 was about Perspective, Part 2 was about tips & techniques to manage and schedule your time, and now Part 3 is about time management regarding planning and teaching your lessons. Hopefully these tips are helpful for instructors in training and  certified instructors alike. Time … Continue reading