Tagged with Games

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

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

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

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

Christmas Matching Game

I absolutely love the dollar store for game ideas. I need to go there more often than just for Christmas. This morning I stopped by and was delighted to find 3 stockings and 3 stuffed animals that matched! So today we had an obstacle course that included stopping at the barrel, getting a stuffed animal … 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

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