How to Make the Puzzle
- find a large image of a horse off Google and print it out on firm paper
- cut the image up into pieces that can be used to teach horse parts (above you see the tail, legs, hooves, barrel, mane, eyes and ears, and nose)
Examples of using the Puzzle
Short Puzzle Game
- put a piece of the puzzle on fence posts around the arena
- have rider walk the perimeter and “whoa” at each puzzle piece, pick it up (their sidewalker can hold it), and “walk on” to the next one.
- once all the pieces are collected, have the rider bring them to a barrel in the middle of the arena and put the pieces together. If they are on a tall horse it helps to have a firm blank paper or small whiteboard to arrange them on.
Longer Puzzle Game
- spread the puzzle pieces out around the arena – on the fence posts, obstacles, ground, etc.
- send the rider out to find them and bring them back to a barrel in the center one at a time, putting the puzzle together as they go. Each time they collect a piece, review the horse parts they know on it.
- (This version works best for group lessons. Have them work together to complete the puzzle.)
Note: This is not professional advice, this is a blog. I am not liable for what you do with or how you use this information. The activities explained in this blog may not be fit for every rider, riding instructor, or riding center depending on their current condition and resources. Use your best personal judgement!