Magnet Groom & Tack Games

While we’re on the theme of magnets, here are some more ideas!

These are some props and activities from Heartland Therapeutic Riding. While attending the Advanced Workshop I asked if I could take pictures of their activities and share, and they kindly obliged!

For both games they used magnets and magnet/metal boards, which were located in several places around the arena, at rider eye-level, and with different colored frames:

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Grooming Tools Magnet Game


  • Images of grooming tools with magnet backing
  • Image of horse with magnet backing
  • Matching image sheet with grooming tools

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  • Place horse image on one magnetic board. Keep image sheet nearby.
  • Hide the grooming tools around the arena on the other magnetic boards.


  • Whoa at the board with the horse image.
  • Explain to groom the horse you need different grooming tools. Use the image sheet to explain the tools and the correct order they are used.
  • Ask the rider collect the tools and bring them back to the horse in the correct order, placing them on the magnetic board by the horse.

Tacking Up Magnet Game

Exact same as above, but with tack!

“Find 6 things you need to be ready to ride”:

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Helmet, Saddle Pad, Saddle, Girth, Bridle, Reins:


Thank you for the great game ideas, Heartland!

Do you use magnetic boards to play games? Please share!


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 judgment!

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