Tagged with Activities

Barn Tour: Haku Baldwin Center

I have another barn tour to share with you! Unfortunately I had to go all the way to Hawaii for this one, so I hope you appreciate all my hard work basking in the sun and drinking pina coladas. Actually, it poured half the time, but I managed to slip away to visit a therapeutic … Continue reading

Equine Assisted Activities for Peace and Reflection

Well, the first PATH Intl Virtual Conference ran a tight ship! Sessions started and ended at random times, such as 12:39 – 1:36, and they stuck to it. The schedule was so tightly packed and the presentations so filled with information that yesterday I didn’t have enough time between sessions to organize and post anything … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Turkey Activities

Happy Thanksgiving! I’ve had turkeys and feathers on the mind…so I googled turkey activities and came up with some Thanksgiving turkey activity ideas for therapeutic horseback riding lessons! Leaf & Circle Turkeys Rider collects leaves and brown circles from around the arena. Discuss the color of each leaf and the shape and size of the circles. … 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

Spring Activities

(source) The days are getting warmer. The horses are shedding. Spring is coming! However, I have to remind myself that every year I’ve lived in Indiana it has snowed one last time in April. Anyway, most holidays and seasons I forget to plan activities beforehand and then one day realize it’s a holiday and I … Continue reading

The Practice, Progression, and Activity

After you teach the skill in your lesson, it’s time to practice and progress! This is a handout I just made for our Instructors in Training about the difference between Practice & Progression, and Activities & Games. I highlight the difference between practicing a skill and doing an activity for several reasons. 1) Certification evaluators want … 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

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