Patterns: Circles

A quick note before I dive in to today’s blog. I try to write and schedule my blog posts ahead of time as much as possible. I have a baby, a busy job, and a busy life so I write and schedule whenever I can. I wrote the next few weeks of lesson plans before the COVID-19 pandemic happened so you will not see any references to it in these posts. For my thoughts on the pandemic and how the therapeutic riding industry is stepping up, see my post here.

Back to our regular programming… The next few weeks will focus on patterns. We use a lot of pattern work at our center because it is easily adaptable to any client and it is the basis of all horseback riding. I rode dressage for years so I love pattern work! One of my favorite patterns is the basic circle.

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In Times of Strife…

Wow. The whole world has turned upside down in a matter of weeks. COVID-19 has stopped the world in its tracks. It shut down the global economy, overwhelmed the medical community, and affected practically every line of business. I will not spend much time on this because I know it is stressful and overwhelming. I wanted to share some resources for the therapeutic riding community.

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Movement

What You Need:
Toys that move or can be moved
(i.e. balls or dice to toss OR wind-up/battery toys)

This lesson can be done mounted or unmounted. The objective is to observe movement. The movement can be smooth or choppy, fast or slow, high or low. Some examples include tossing a ball up in the air and catching it, rolling a ring or hula hoop on the ground, and letting a wind-up toy walk across a barrel.

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Sounds

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“Sounds” is a pretty generic topic for a blog post. How does this apply to therapeutic riding lessons? Why is it important?

Using sounds in lessons is a way to reach lesson objectives and to change up a stale lesson plan. I’ll give you a few examples of how to do both of these is today’s post.

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Reaching + Grabbing

Again, today’s post is about a lesson objective. The game can adapt to the objective of reaching and grabbing. We take reaching and grabbing for granted but for clients who have a difficult time with fine motor skills, this can be challenging.

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PATH International Conference Recap

Hello my little riders! This post is several months delayed but I got wrapped up in life with a new baby and the holidays. In May, I shared about attending a regional conference so today I want to share about the PATH International Conference. Each year, PATH Intl hosts a conference to bring together centers and individuals from around the country (and world) for a few days of learning and networking.

My 9-week old son and me at the PATH International Conference.
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Write Your Name

What You Need:
Alphabet Letters

This is a fun one! It’s interactive for the rider and works on life and riding skills simultaneously. It teaches life skills like communication, patience, pattern recognition, and cognitive understanding. It teaches riding skills like stopping, steering, balance, and forethought.

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