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Unmounted Horsemanship Activity Ideas

Happy Fall! This past week at our barn was “Horsemanship Week”, which meant no one rode in order to give the horses a break, and everyone did some sort of unmounted horsemanship lesson instead. Here are a few of the activities! Grooming Each horse’s grooming bucket has a laminated paper with the order of the grooming tools, … Continue reading

Music in Lessons

A great conversation was held on the Facebook Riding Instructor’s Forum about music use in lesson. So I’m organizing the ideas in a post! Enjoy, and add your own thoughts in the comments! Music Activities Relaxing Music Use music to relax the riders by playing it while they ride and/or during warm ups. It can help them breathe … Continue reading

Horse Parts & Colors

It was my first time back to instructing after baby last week! I subbed for another instructors. Here are two new activities – one hers, one mine. 100 Horse Parts Her group of 3 riders has the goal to learn 100 horse parts by the end of the quarter (8 weeks). Each week every rider … Continue reading

Alphabet Animals Game

This therapeutic horseback riding game was created and contributed by reader Christina Reichard who is doing her teaching hours at Agape in Indiana. I’m excited to have another contributor and to share it with you! Alphabet Animals Setup: Alphabet letters placed on the walls of each side of the arena (Agape uses these for many other … Continue reading

Four Corners

Summer is in full swing! Can you smell the fly spray? Speaking of summer, here is a game we used to play at regular summer camp that I think would be fun to adapt to group riding lessons or as a camp activity. Enjoy! Four Corners Setup Create multiple choice questions. Put big signs for A, B, C … Continue reading

Ping Pong Pow Game

My horse, with husband and baby in the background. This is the first thing she does on our walk after not getting out for several weeks – mind you, out of the big pasture on the other side of the fence whose grass is apparently not luxurious enough. Anyway, I’ve had some responses on activity ideas … Continue reading

Horse Skeleton Parts Puzzle

The other week I used this puzzle to show my students what a horse skeleton looks like and teach them some new parts. I think I made it for Halloween and never used it…so we’re doing it in the spring! Anyway, they always like the puzzles! Puzzle Game “Hide” the puzzle pieces around the arena. … Continue reading

Birthday Scavenger Hunt

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 … Continue reading

Fun Video Friday: Teaching Children to Train Ponies

Here is a great video about how Mette Hald Rasmussen & Ædellunds Shetlandsponyer in Denmark teaches horsemanship and riding skills while at the same time teaching their riders to help with their ponies’ training. The video presents a lot of ideas to incorporate into your lessons. Plus, any video with a million (okay, 10) ponies in one arena … Continue reading

Tactile Activity Book

Here is a great idea for a tactile activity book to use during therapeutic riding lessons. My friend Carrie of HorsePower sent me the link from one of her friends, who thought it would work great as a camp activity: every day the kid make one page, then at the end of the week put them all together … Continue reading