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    03-30-2012, 06:58 PM
  #11
Showing
Great ideas.. love the theme days!

Another approach is you could invite an equine professional (the vet, saddle fitter, chiro, farrier) to do a clinic and show the kids an aspect of horse care. We did this with our kids and they loved it! Or have groom days where you bathe the horse, braid it's hair, paint it's hooves, get safe horse paint for them and draw on their bodies, etc.

Have fun with them!
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    03-31-2012, 04:32 PM
  #12
Yearling
*Scavenger Hunt. One year the person making it was a little bit eccentric and we got some fun orders. Example..."Capture a live fly". That was a hard one .

*Hide-and-go-seek.

*Divide the kids into teams and have them design a barn. Whoever designs the best barn wins.

*Divide the kids into teams and have them write down all the breeds they know. Whoever writes down the most REAL breeds wins.

*Man Hunt! Or tag if you want to be boring about it :p.

*Name Frisbee to help everyone learn names. (Throw a frisbee and whoever catches it has to say their name).

*Musical Stalls (on horseback). Set up ground poles as stalls. They have to get their horses into a "stall" before the music stops.

*I don't know if it's called anything, but set up two ground poles WIDE apart. Have riders (one at a time) ride between the poles and stop their horse for a few seconds. Decrease the distance between the poles every time everyone's gone. Whoever's the last one standing wins. You can do this walking or trotting. I guess you could also do it cantering if the riders are advanced enough and you don't make the space TOO narrow lol.

*Egg-and-spoon race.

*Set up a course. Have riders do different things at different place. Example: At barrel A they have to drop their stirrups. The wall near the weird crack has a rag they have to pick up. Etc. See who can complete the course the most correctly and quickly.

*Simon Says. (On horseback. Have them put their hands on their helmets, etc. Be creative).

*Follow the Leader. (Have an instructor or older rider lead a line of kids on horseback. Whatever the leader does the kids also have to do).

*Walk and trot races. Canter if they can.

*Hold a knowledge competition. Divide the riders into teams and ask them basic horse questions. Whoever gets the most questions right gets a small prize or even just bragging rights. A cool twist at the end is having the teams decide if they want to "bet" their points on a final question, and if so how many. It adds drama .

*Have a show at the end of the week (I can't remember if you already do) and spend a little time practicing for it each day. Trust me when I say that the riders will LOVE this.

*Water Balloon Battle

*I might think of more later. I LOVE horse camps .
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    04-03-2012, 02:24 PM
  #13
Foal
A mini treasure hunt would be very cute, and I know a lot of little kids enjoy stuff like that!
     
    04-04-2012, 08:45 AM
  #14
Foal
Cinder has some great ideas! :) Try to do as much with the horses as you can. Even if your not on them. Teach them to braid, etc.
     
    04-04-2012, 11:18 AM
  #15
Yearling
At some of the CTR rides I used to sponsor, We made up a list of Wildlife in the area and had a game with riders to see who could spot the most. Of course deer, elk and moose were big creatures to look for, but we also included the smaller animals. Squirrels, weasels, porkypines and the various birds. You could do the same for the plants in the area. List off the wild flowers or trees in the area.

I've always made my daughters identify the edible plants that they pass as we ride. If they got seperated and lost on the mountain, I want them to know what they could safely eat to survive. Same goes for trail marks.

I ran into a couple from Michigan one fall during Elk hunting in a Utah Wilderness, They asked for directions back to their camp, and I told them I was going in that general direction and they could follow me. The trail in that direction was just a whisper, often over grown with grass or indistiquishable from the rocky ground. But there were trail markers. Blazes on trees, rock cairnes etc that I spotted and followed. When we reached the point where I had to peel off and head the other direction, I told them to continue following the trail and they would reach their truck/trailer in a mile or two. They said, "What Trail" I said the one we have been following. They had not noticed ANY of the trail markers. Set up a trail for the kids and teach them to spot the trail markers that Forest Service has used for past 100 years.

Do a Mounted Orienteering course. Teaching the kids how to read a Topo Map, compass or GPS. Anybody riding horse, can easily cover enough ground to get themselves lost if they don't have basic back country navigation skills. Maybe you do this with a geo-caching type of event. Where the kids use a map and compass to find hidden caches.

I also believe anybody involved with horses should have the basic education to evaluate their horses in the field. Are they stressed, over worked etc. Teach them to take basic P&R on their horses, To identify Hydration and recovery times.
     
    04-04-2012, 12:22 PM
  #16
Ink
Weanling
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Originally Posted by LoveHipHop    
Or you could do something like a hunt, maybe for horsey items? You could leave them around the area and get groups to ride a horse out and look for them - whoever finds the most wins!
We had a horseless "fox" hunt at one of the summer camps I attended once. The instructor set up clues for us to find and direct us which way the fox had gone. Sometimes arrows, sometimes clues written on paper and stuck in a tree. It had us roaming around the fields for a couple hours and was lots of fun.

You could do a parts of the horse quiz with one of the horses. Have different parts written down on slips of paper each kid gets a turn to come up draw a part and point to where it is. You can have a prize for whoever gets the most right. (you can do the same for parts of the bridle and saddle). It would be especially cool if you can somehow stick the name of the part on the horse, but I have no idea how you would do that.

We had a field day the summer camp I worked at that had all sorts of fun events, but most of them were for the older, more experienced girls. We had a horse version of musical chairs with ground poles laid out in a circular pie configuration. The girls would walk around the outside of the circle when the music stopped you had to get your horse into one of the slots. We also had your standard egg and spoon and then a relay race where the first group had to walk, second trot and third group canter. If you broke gait you had to go back to start. That one's nice because you can divide up the teams based on rider experience and just use one horse per team.

You can also teach them some camp songs. Even if they aren't strictly horse related it's still fun. We were encouraged to keep the girls singing when we took them out on the trails, because if they're singing that means they're breathing
     
    04-04-2012, 12:26 PM
  #17
Ink
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cinder    
*Scavenger Hunt. One year the person making it was a little bit eccentric and we got some fun orders. Example..."Capture a live fly". That was a hard one .

*Hide-and-go-seek.

*Divide the kids into teams and have them design a barn. Whoever designs the best barn wins.

*Divide the kids into teams and have them write down all the breeds they know. Whoever writes down the most REAL breeds wins.

*Man Hunt! Or tag if you want to be boring about it :p.

*Name Frisbee to help everyone learn names. (Throw a frisbee and whoever catches it has to say their name).

*Musical Stalls (on horseback). Set up ground poles as stalls. They have to get their horses into a "stall" before the music stops.

*I don't know if it's called anything, but set up two ground poles WIDE apart. Have riders (one at a time) ride between the poles and stop their horse for a few seconds. Decrease the distance between the poles every time everyone's gone. Whoever's the last one standing wins. You can do this walking or trotting. I guess you could also do it cantering if the riders are advanced enough and you don't make the space TOO narrow lol.

*Egg-and-spoon race.

*Set up a course. Have riders do different things at different place. Example: At barrel A they have to drop their stirrups. The wall near the weird crack has a rag they have to pick up. Etc. See who can complete the course the most correctly and quickly.

*Simon Says. (On horseback. Have them put their hands on their helmets, etc. Be creative).

*Follow the Leader. (Have an instructor or older rider lead a line of kids on horseback. Whatever the leader does the kids also have to do).

*Walk and trot races. Canter if they can.

*Hold a knowledge competition. Divide the riders into teams and ask them basic horse questions. Whoever gets the most questions right gets a small prize or even just bragging rights. A cool twist at the end is having the teams decide if they want to "bet" their points on a final question, and if so how many. It adds drama .

*Have a show at the end of the week (I can't remember if you already do) and spend a little time practicing for it each day. Trust me when I say that the riders will LOVE this.

*Water Balloon Battle

*I might think of more later. I LOVE horse camps .

Great ideas! We also did Simon says, we also played red light green light on horseback. I would not recommend horseback duck-duck-goose though. Looking back, I'm surprised we didn't get anyone hurt with that one even if I only did it with my advanced group of girls
     
    04-04-2012, 02:25 PM
  #18
Foal
Maybe at the end of the camp you can do a little show to see how much the kids learned or have gaming or something like that.
     
    04-05-2012, 10:17 PM
  #19
Yearling
My daughter was at a horse camp where they did a really neat craft. Each kid got a lump of clay, and made an impression of their horse's hoof... a 'footprint', or hoofprint. They dried overnight, and the next day the kids glued a piece of paper behind the print, then used paint, glitter, etc to decorate the imprint and surrounding paper. It made a really nice keepsake from the camp.
     
    04-18-2012, 10:45 AM
  #20
Weanling
Thank you all so much, I truly appreciate the help. There are some amazing ideas here. Thank you thank you thank you
     

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