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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

Games 4.0

This week I am fortunate enough to be at the 2015 PATH Intl. Conference! After attending the Mentor Workshop I snuck into the Community Connections Day Instructor seminar let by Jen Donahue of Equest, Dallas TX, because last year it was one of the best I attended. This year did not fail! Like a huge … Continue reading

Halloween Horse Costume Matching Cards Game

Last minute I threw together this fun festive matching cards set. The riders – and volunteers – really liked them! On one side are pumpkins of all different colors that I cut out of paper: On the other side are matching pairs of horse costume pictures I found online!: I’m not posting a document for … Continue reading

Games 3.0

Here is a compilation list of games I’ve come across in the past year that sounded neat but had nowhere else to go. They are not whole lesson plans, just brief descriptions so you get the gist of it and go off inspired! Enjoy! Darts Ball Toss Ball toss onto Velcro dart board (such as this one). One … Continue reading

Flower Pot Game

This cute game was sent to me from a reader, Carisa. Thank you so much for sharing! Flower Pot Game Skill: halting and walking color recognition Setup: cut apart artificial flowers and placed them around the arena – taking care to have different colors flower pot – florist foam which gave sensory input and a cheap … Continue reading

Games 2.0

Here are some of the usual activities I’ve seen done recently with an extra twist! Matching Rings Setup: several pairs of matching rings, one of each color is hung on a T pole, the others are put on other T poles or cone or around the arena Activity: choose a colored ring from the T … Continue reading

Free Time During Riding Lessons

What do you think about free time during therapeutic riding lessons? I have seen the whole spectrum of opinions used appropriately. No Free Time I have heard it said that there should be no free time in lessons because everything in the lesson must have a purpose and be working toward therapeutic benefits. Wandering around aimlessly … Continue reading

Horse and Tack Parts

“Horse Parts” (or Tack Parts) is when you take some time during the lesson to review parts. Why teach horse and tack parts: practical benefits helps them understand your instructions (“hand over the withers,” “hold the pommel,” etc.) helps them communicate with you more effectively (“my foot!” vs. “my foot fell out of the stirrup”) … Continue reading