The problem is that there's no *one* leader, and no one really takes the lead to plan out the meeting/ride, so often the kids just end up W/T/C around the arena for 2 hours. I know it's boring for them and for their horses, and doesn't give them any useable skills for the most part. Close to show season we do work a few times on halter and speed events. My son has said he doesn't want to come any more because it's boring. Our group is pretty small, and I would say that's at least partly due to the way the meetings are run. But we do have kids from 4th through 12th grade, so we need to appeal to everyone (although maybe not all at once!)
I'm looking for ideas to help the kids get more skilled with their horses, learn about horse care, feeding and anatomy, have fun, be more engaged with one another, etc. What do you do in your kids' riding clubs, 4H, etc.?
I was thinking about asking a leader to plan 1 week a month, so no one feels completely burdened, while we still gain from having lots of instructors or facilitators. I thought if we could focus on something more book-based (such as learning digestive system or parts of the saddle or common illnesses) and something technical (such as sitting the trot, 2-point, etc.) and end with something fun (like a game or race).
It seems a lot of these kids have large holes in their horse knowledge. Basically they show up and ride for 2 hours a week and that's about all they know about horses & horse care. I really want to help them learn and grow as horsemen & women.
If it matters, we are a western club.
Please send any and all ideas!!