I work with disabled children as well as children who are just too young to ride full sized horses. They all ride ponies (shetlands mostly, one caspian, a grade pony, and a welsh) that are 'bomb proof' as we say, and most are under 7 years old. I have exercises for the disabled children, but I need ideas for the kids who are fully functional! Things are getting a bit monotonous for them, so I need some fun new idea.
All of the riders are comfortable with riding at a walk without holding onto their horn, and some ride with 'reins' attached to the horse that they don't use but that I work with them on holding correctly. Some exercises that we already do are 'airplane' (putting arms straight out) 'touch the trees' (arms above head) 'helmets!' (hands on helmet and elbows out) 'touch the ears' (stretching towards the horse's ears) and 'flap!' (pretending to fly on the horse) on the even ground, over a small bridge, and a horse 'teeter totter.' They ride with and without stirrups, and some can ride bareback while holding a neckstrap. Do you guys have any other fun ideas that are fairly safe and simple for little kids? I was thinking of the dollar game where they have to squeeze a dollar under their thigh/calf and keep it there, possible '2-point' with the older riders, where they have to just lift themselves into two point position for a few seconds and land back on their butt lightly, and stuff like that- but what are YOUR suggestions? Any and all are appreciated!