When I was a kid, I read A LOT. I constantly had a book on me and I was usually reading two or three books at once. At least one book was a horse book. Sometimes it was a fiction story like Black Beauty or Misty of Chincoteague and sometimes it was autobiographies like Monty Roberts’ The Man Who Listens to Horses. I loved reading about horses and then I would take some of the things I read and try it with my horse. This meant that I spent a lot of time observing my horse and it was the best thing I ever did as a kid.Continue reading
What You Need:
Bean bags or balls
Buckets, rings, or cornhole board
Barrels or tables
Cornhole is normally a team game played with bean bags and raised platform boards with a hole in it. Teammates stand opposite each other and toss the bean bag into the hole in the platform. Every bean bag that lands on the board is worth 1 point; every bag that gets through the hole is worth 3 points. Teams play to 21. So this sounds a little intense for a riding lesson right? Let me give you some ideas to adjust it!Continue reading
Throughout this month, we’ve been talking about colors and shapes. I’ve mentioned several times how much I like playing with colors and shapes in my lessons. I use and re-use colors and shapes in tons of ways in my lessons. I’ve been teaching for thirteen years and haven’t been bored with colors and shapes yet! You know who else loves playing with colors and shapes without getting bored? Kids!Continue reading
The last couple of weeks I talked about playing with colors and why colors are an important part of development. Now I want to focus on the second tool we use for differentiation – shapes!
What You Need:
Balls, rings, dice, boxes, cones, etc.
Our whole world is made up of colors and shapes. They are often the first ways we learn to interact with the world around us: a red square, a yellow ball, etc. Colors and shapes are extremely noticeable. We see them and recognize them and categorize them every day; much more than we do with numbers or letters. This is a big reason why children learn colors and shapes first.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
I had the pleasure of teaching a ground lesson to adults recently and it was so fun. I usually teach children and young adults so it was fun to step outside my normal therapeutic riding lessons and get to do a ground-based lesson for adults.Continue reading