Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie View Post
Follow my leader (adult at front or children take turns)
Synchronised riding in pairs around the school
All the gymkhana games
Can I cross your lake Mr Shark?
Port, Starboard, 'injuns', 'round 'em up'
Touch body parts of pony whilst moving
Poles on the ground like a jumping course
.... The list is endless! Enjoy
Sorry, I was on the ipad when I wrote that, and was trying to be economical on typing
Can I cross your Lake puts all the kids at one end of the school. You stand in the middle and call out "all those with (eg) green saddle cloths/chestnut ponies/black boots can cross" and the kids have to work out if that includes them, then ride their pony across the school.
Port, Starboard etc. Give each side of the school a name (Port, Starboard, Sea, Sky whatever). Call out "Port" and they have to get over there. Invent some other instructions like "the cattle are loose" and they all have to form a circle. Your imagination and the sky's the limit.
Fox Hunting. Make an 'obstacle' course using poles on the ground, plastic sheeting etc. One kid's the fox, some the hounds, one the huntsman, some the mounted field. Give them rules appropriate for their abilities like no trotting. Fox leads the way, Huntsman rides with the hounds etc. All follow the fox.
Line them up in a row, parents/leaders hold the head of the pony. On 'GO!', they all get off their pony and move to the pony to the right, climb up, over off the other side, on to the next pony, until they are back on their original pony.
Use the letters of the school. They all ride round. When they get to a letter they stop, call out the name of an animal that starts with that letter, then ride on.
Treasure hunt in a field. Send them off in teams to find eg. A leaf, a daisy, a stick etc.