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Eric Carle Animal Warm Ups

Here is an idea to make warm ups for therapeutic horseback riding lessons more interesting, and to incorporate some visual and reading aspects. Use pages from a children’s book! We just acquired this book for bedtime stories and I thought it would be perfect for warm ups and wanted to share! Eric Carle Animal Warm … Continue reading

Change of Bend Exercise

I had a riding lesson today (for the first time in a long time…hello continued education deadline) and we did a good little exercise I want to share. I told my instructor that because both my mare and I are out of shape, I want to start with a review of the basics (change of … Continue reading

Warmups 2.0

Recently I realized that I treat the warmup part of the lesson as mostly a physical activity, rather than a mental one as well. Really, both aspects should be addressed! Priming (The Backstory) I listened to a podcoast that talked about priming your mental state. Often your success has to do with your mental state, which affects … Continue reading

Ground Pole Exercises

Here are four good ground pole exercises to help create a solid foundation in your riders. They are from the Certified Horsemanship Association’s Monthly EBlast from a year or so ago – click on the link to subscribe! The author was Jennifer Wiley a CHA Certified Master Instructor and Clinic Staff. I rewrote/simplified/clarified the exercises … Continue reading

Fun Video Friday: Serpentine, Communication Game

Today I have 3 videos for you! First, a pattern. How to Ride a Serpentine She gives great explanations for why to ride this pattern. Second, a game. Communication Game Spoiler: It’s red light green light. Which you all know, I’m sure. BUT more interesting is how this video discusses communication, including one participant who … Continue reading

5-5-5 Repetitions

This is a really handy activity I learned from one of my mentors, called “5-5-5.” 5-5-5 Do 5 steps or counts of one thing, 5 of another, and 5 of another. Repeat. You can ask for one repetition per wall, up it to two, or go for whole laps. The benefits are: it breaks practicing … Continue reading

Advanced Warm Ups

I have been teaching more advanced riders lately, so I have been thinking about more advanced warm ups. Initially, warm ups for riders with disabilities focus on preparing them to learn a riding skill, prepare their body to work, help them transition, and establish balance. Typically exercises are done for both upper and lower body, … Continue reading

Up Up Down

This is a handy little exercise: Up Up Down. When posting at the trot, the rider should go “up down up down” to the beat of the trot. After they have warmed up a few laps of this, ask the rider to go “up up down” – that is, stand for two beats and sit for … Continue reading

Annie’s Warm Ups and Exercises

Recently a coworker lent me her master’s project from a few years ago, a binder full of Therapeutic Riding Exercises and Activities and Equine Facilitated Learning Activities, to use as a resource for this blog! First I want to share her warm ups and stretching exercises, which include the “how” and the “why” for each one. … Continue reading