Tagged with Activities

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

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

Activity Ideas

I just came across this handout from a PATH Intl conference, “Tying Your Lesson Together: Threading The Components Of Your Lesson Together To Achieve Skill Progression” presented By Anthony Busacca, Amy Sheets and Joelle Devlin. It has some great exercise and activity ideas in it. Enjoy! http://www.pathintl.org/images/pdf/conferences/national/presentations%20for%20web/Tying-Your-Lesson-Together.pdf **************** Note: This is not professional advice, this is a blog. I am not liable … Continue reading

List of Games for Therapeutic Riding

This is a great list of games from a recent new resource I found. Enjoy! Ball toss Game: place targets on the ground with different numbers. Riders are given balls, which they may toss at the targets, while halted or walking, must be 5 feet away. Scores can be totaled for individual riders or teams. … Continue reading

The 6 Stations Activity

This lovely game comes from Susie Bjorkland of Freedom Farm in Minnesota, where she teaches all of the lessons in groups of 4. I met her at the PATH Intl Conference and she was kind enough to share some great activities with me! She also was the 2014 Region 6 PATH Intl Certified Professional of the Year – … Continue reading

Patterns and Stations

This is a neat way to do things shared to me by Ashley of NTRC at the Advanced Workshop I attended. Most of her lessons have lots of riders so this is the format she often uses. Arena Setup Set up the arena into 3 stations, each with a pattern and activity Here we have: 1 … Continue reading