06-17-2010, 05:55 PM
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I've worked horseback riding summer camps for several years.
Your best bet is to first get all the kids up and see what level they're at, then you can tailor the rest of their schedule and the things they'll be doing based on that. Check to see how well they ride walk and trot, as well as watch their transitions up, down, and to a halt. If they handle those well ask them to canter, and see how well they ride that. Don't forget steering as well. Set up cones and have them weave at different gaits (if they're skilled enough for faster than a walk). Will they be riding in western saddles or english saddles? You can put together games that involve obstacle courses, relay races (which include mounting and dismounting by themselves), etc. Pretty much any game you can do without a horse there's a way to play it on horseback. A fun one that the kids I worked with enjoyed was red light-green light, and whoever got to one side first had to bob for an apple in a bucket of water, mount back up (with said apple in mouth), and make it all the way back while still playing red light green light.
As for off the horses...I can't help as much. :/ Give them beads, get thread and teach them to weave bracelets (that's usually pretty popular).