Textures

What You Need:
Soft toys
Hard toys
Bucket/Barrel (optional)

Today’s game is more of a lesson objective. The game or task can be adapted however is necessary to meet the lesson objective for your client. The goal is to get the client to feel different textures, starting with soft and hard.

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PATH International Conference Recap

Hello my little riders! This post is several months delayed but I got wrapped up in life with a new baby and the holidays. In May, I shared about attending a regional conference so today I want to share about the PATH International Conference. Each year, PATH Intl hosts a conference to bring together centers and individuals from around the country (and world) for a few days of learning and networking.

My 9-week old son and me at the PATH International Conference.
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Why are Shapes Important?

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!

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Why Are Colors Important?

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.

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Meet Where You Are

The greatest lesson horses have taught me is to meet people where they are in that moment. Because horses are prey animals, they only live in the present. They need to be constantly aware of their surroundings in order to adapt to a situation on a moment’s notice; this does not allow them to dwell on the past or future.

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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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Off Horse Activities: Gardening

Today we’re shifting gears slightly. Most of the off-horse activities we have been talking about have all been related to the horse. This week, I want to talk about gardening. How is this related to horses? Let me tell you.

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