When to Use Games (and When Not To)

The Riding Instructor just came out with this excellent post about “When to Teach Games & When Not To”!  She states it so simply and clearly, I wish I had made a post like it long ago, since half of this blog is about games. I have blogged notes about the difference between Practice, Progression, and Activity, but never focused on just when to use games or not. So Without further ado, I forward you to her blog post. Click the image below!

Or click here, or use this link: http://theridinginstructor.net/2843/when-to-teach-games/

They all go to the same lovely place.


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! If you would like to contribute an activity or article, please contact me here, I would love to hear from you!

3 thoughts on “When to Use Games (and When Not To)

  1. This article presents very valid points. But don’t regret posting too many games on your blog Cindy, because I believe games are a great way to practice a specific skill that riders have been working on and I’ve used many of the game ideas you’ve posted in the past with much success! When my riders have a skill or two somewhat down, games challenge them to practice it and I always make sure they are using a specific skill in the game. I add progression to the games too. I’ve never used a game just to do a game. There’s always a riding skill incorporated and concern for the horses too. I’m always in need of game ideas so keep it up! Thank you

    • Thank you! I don’t regret, and I’ll keep it up, haha! I totally agree with you. I would want to add to her post an addendum about using games for riders with disabilities in particular, because I think they hold a special place for them regarding motivation, fun, and slipping in practice toward other developmental goals. I’m so glad to hear you’ve used the games I’ve posted, that’s so wonderful! Keep up the great teaching!

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