Here is a cute birthday scavenger hunt my friend set up at our barn for a young rider who boards there. I wanted to share because it might spark some ideas for birthday activities with your riders!
First, she arrived to the barn to this on her stall, and instead of her own horse in the stall my friend’s horse was in there with a bow!
The following note was taped to the stall:
Her horse lives in the pasture, so she walked over and found me with my pasture horse, a lei and a sash with the next clue! The clue was something like “I’m not here, I’m in the loft! Wear this sash and bring Zella with you!”
So we walked together back to the barn, she went up to the loft (without me and Zella) where in the kitchen she found:
The clue “door” meant to look in the arena. In the arena she found her horse all decorated and being held by a good friend she hadn’t seen in a long time!
Then we rode, attempted to play musical cones (it rained too loud) and drill team (ride side by side through patterns her mom called out – like a partnered version of simon says), and ate horse shaped cake. I’m so glad my friend had this opportunity to use the horse glitter she’s been holding on to since age 13, and is so sweet and creative! I’m sure there are lots of versions of Birthday Scavenger Hunts ending in decorated ponies that you could incorporate into your program!
p.s. Check out the comments to yesterday’s post about volunteering while pregnant, I’d love your thoughts!
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!