Here is a simple game I did a few weeks ago. It can be modified in a million ways!
- 3 upright or T poles in triangle
- 4 tall cones in square
- 8 small cones in circle
- 4 cards depicting the shapes to be made around the items
Arena setup should be as follows, with spacing to fit the 4 shapes: square, circle, triangle, and figure 8
I made the cards below. You can download the pdf here.
- Whoa facing the props.
- Explain we are going to ride the shapes to work on _______________ (whoa, steering, precision steering, looking through turns, bending, etc.)
- Hold up the cards and let them pick one.
- Work on reading, identifying the shape, identifying where the shape’s props are, etc.
- Progression can include riding without a leader, less verbal prompts, riding all the shapes in a particular order, etc.
This was simple but fun. My riders of all ages caught on quickly and seemed to enjoy it. It was really handy for asking them to look for their next object, point their horse’s nose toward it, and ignore all the others.
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!