A friend told me about this activity she saw someone do with their students, and I thought it was cute enough to share! However, I forgot exactly how it went so I may have added some of my own embellishments. Enjoy!
The Honey Bear Obstacle Course
Introduce the bear. He is hungry. Your mission is to find him food from the forest and bring it back to him safely.
1) Walk through the forest of poles, woah by a tree, get a honey pot. (Minimal effort: take a ring off the pole. Medium: Take a paper printed honey pot off the pole. Overachiever: tape bee hive images to the poles with the honey pot images velcroed on in order to take the honey from the bees).
2) Steer down the trail of zig zag poles. (Or weave cones)
3) Cross the blue tarp river. (Or if your horses don’t do tarps, use parallel lines of poles for the river, or a wooden bridge).
4) Deliver the honey to the beanie baby bear on the barrel!
There are a number of ways you can modify this game so have fun!
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!
Like this one…. thank you 🙂
This is a great lesson. I can see how it can be modified in many ways. One can place pictures of food or plastic food items on poles or cones or around the arena to bring to the animals or match up food to the animal. For example, bring a banana to the monkey or a carrot to a horse. Thanks for the great ideas!