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?”
What You Need:
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.
The series continues! We’ve talked about gross motor skills and fine motor skills and how to help develop those motor skills with off horse activities. Today I want to bring the horse back in to the conversation. As horsepeople, we know that riding is only a small part of being around the horse. Feeding, bathing, hand walking, turning out, medical care, grooming, cleaning tack, and so many other tasks make up our time with horses.
If we want our riders to develop deeper relationships with the horses, what better way to do that than through grooming?
What You Need:
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.
The road to independence is something that most therapeutic riding instructors struggle with. How do you know when your rider is ready? Is it right for this particular rider? If the rider goes independent can I add back helpers if needed?