Playing with Colors

What You Need:
Colored Toys (rings, cones, cue cards, balls, buckets, etc.)

Colors are one of the first things we learn. Riders may not understand left or right, but they often understand colors. I love to play with colors in my lessons. I use colors as directional cues, as rewards for riders, as games, and just for fun. There are countless ways to use colors but today I’m going to talk about two of my favorites: for directions and for color coordination.

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Red Rover, Red Rover

What You Need:
-A Loud Instructor Voice

Since it’s summertime, I thought this might be a timely post if anyone is holding camps or large groups this summer. This game is great for big groups and it’s easy to play with almost any level of riding abilities.

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Mother May I?

Hello friends! I skipped last week because I was out in Yellowstone National Park celebrating the Fourth of July in the wilderness. I could have pre-planned a post but I thought everyone should take a little break to celebrate the holiday, especially in the summertime! Is it just me or is this summer absolutely flying by?

Anyway, that’s not what you came here for. On to today’s game suggestion: “Mother May I?”

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Animal Scavenger Hunt

What You Need:
-Various animals (toys or stuffed animals)
-Animal signs or cards
-Animal noise sounds or animal fur/hair (optional)

Here’s another fun game to play with riders that can be adjusted for any level of rider and can be played multiple weeks in a row with a few tweaks. First, pick your animals. I usually do a theme like “farm animals” or “forest animals.”

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Obstacle Courses

What You Need:
Poles

Cones
Barrels
Cavaletti
Anything your heart desires!

I love obstacle courses. They are so versatile and help keep riders engaged. I usually do obstacle courses every 8-10 weeks with my riders, if not more often. You can adjust a course to be whatever you want, which is why I like them so much. My center doesn’t have as many toys and goodies as some other centers and we are still able to put together a great obstacle course.

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Red Light, Green Light

What You Need:
A Loud Voice
Colored Cue Cards (optional)

This is a game that can be played in a private, semi-private, or group lesson. It works best for younger riders, but you can make it more advanced to appeal to older riders.

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