Crafts for Rainy Day or Horse Camp

Horseshoe Wind Chimes


  • horse shoes (we got a bunch donated from our farrier)
  • string, scissors
  • beads
  • sequins with holes in them
  • bells
  • feathers
  • paint, brushes, cups
  • anything else you think would be fun to use


  • spread out supplies on a table in cups or buckets
  • cut string and tie to horseshoes
  • string beads, sequins, etc. on string – tie knots in various places to separate them or keep them from slipping (I demo’d different ways on the shoe in the picture)
  • tie a string from the top of the shoe to hang it from
  • note: you can add more strings than I did, or add paint or stickers
  • note: making a demo to show them an example is helpful
  • note: finding actual mini chimes to hang would be awesome, but I haven’t found an online resource yet!

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Horseshoe Frames


  • horseshoes (we got a bunch donated from our farrier)
  • paint, brushes, cups
  • stickers
  • hot glue gun and gluesticks
  • scissors
  • pen


  • take pictures of the kids and their horses, print them out
  • place horseshoe over photo where you want it, and trace the OUTSIDE of the horseshoe with the pen
  • cut out the picture on the pen line
  • use hot glue to glue horseshoe onto photo
  • decorate with stickers and paint!
  • note: it helps to make a demo for the kids to see an example

(Enjoy this rather simple demo of me and my horse last winter).

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Horse Painting


  • chalk or water-based paint
  • cups
  • water


  • bring students into arena with horses spread out, or tie in cross ties in aisle – use as many volunteer assistants as needed (we had leaders hold the horses in the arena)
  • let kids pick chalk colors, dip in water cups to get pasty, and paint on horses
  • for the mane dots special technique in the picture below, brain a piece of the horse’s mane, paint it, then unbraid it!
  • take pictures!
  • give the horses baths afterward (also great for a hot day)

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What crafts do you do at horse camp?


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!

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