What You Need: Buckets Small objects (toys, horse treats, etc.)
Here’s a fun seasonal game to play with clients on horseback! This is also a great way to use extra volunteers. It requires a little bit of setup but clients of all ages and riding ability will love this game.
Using the reins is one of the fundamental horseback riding skills. The reins are only used to stop and steer the horse and steering is what we teach after riders learn to whoa. Proper steering requires riders to use arms independently in a forward-back movement. It involves the shoulders, wrists, fingers, core, eyes, and head.
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.