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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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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Basketball

What You Need:
Basketball Hoop/Bucket
Ball(s)

Let’s play some basketball! Basketball is a great game to play on horseback and there are so many variations of how to play. It’s good for group lessons or independent lessons and can be adjusted for any equipment you have.

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Simon Says

What You Need:
A Loud Voice

Simon Says is one of my favorite games to play with riders. It works very well with high-functioning riders, or riders who are easily distracted because it forces them to focus.

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Colors of the Horse

What You Need:
Pictures of Horses
Way to Secure Pictures (e.g. hooks, rope, tape)
Cards of the horses/color (optional)

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The Scavenger Hunt

What You Need:
Stuffed Animals
Animal Cards (optional)
Buckets (optional)
Barrel (optional)

This is an easy, fun game to play with your riders that can be played in the arena or outside on a sensory trail.

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A Matching Game

What You Need: 
Colored Rings
Colored Cones
Hooks/Barrels (something to place rings on)

Some riders may not know numbers or letters yet, but they may know colors. Instructors can use this to play several fun games. Here’s one example I play in lessons a lot!

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