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    11-17-2010, 02:47 PM
Games for beginning riders?

So I teach beginner lessons at a local barn and we play games to help teach beginners the basics. Most of my students are between 7-10 so the games really keep them interested in learning more then just going around on the rail.

Right now we play Simon Says, Red Light Green Light, and what we call the "boot game" where the rider gets a horse boot from the rail and steers over to a bucket drops the boot and repeats (it's silly...but teaches good horse control!).

My question is, what are some good kid's games that could easily be transferred to the back of a horse? I haven't been to a girl scout camp in years and am drawing a blank on ideas. I'll be surfing the internet but would love more input. Also, what fun things did your beginning instructors do with you? Most of my girls love trotting...all the time, what are some other fun things to have them do? I like to try and switch it up a lot!
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    11-17-2010, 03:46 PM
Follow the leader is always fun on horse back.
    11-17-2010, 04:10 PM
I know this sounds tricky but when I was starting to ride we played musical chairs: We walked, trotted, cantered around in a circle to music and when the music stopped we had to dismount and lead our horses to the middle of the arena. The last person to get to the centre was out! Lol, that's what I used to do anyway! X
    11-17-2010, 05:24 PM
You need the book Games on Horseback. They have some really good ideas in there for beginners and advanced riders.
    11-17-2010, 05:36 PM
I like the follow the leader idea, I'm sure I could think of great things with that. As for musical horses, my students still usually require a mounting bloroark mount and someone near to dismount ( mosty safety reasons because they are all tiny I feel like!) so that I may pass on...thanks for the idea though!

Ohhh book, thanks for the title, I'll look it up!
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    11-17-2010, 06:28 PM
For the musical chairs you can do it with pilons, without dismounting. You could also play tag.
    11-17-2010, 06:43 PM
Obstacle courses, relay (walk) races, patterns (like gymkhana games but without going fast)
    11-18-2010, 05:32 PM
Think I'm going to dig up some cones and a pole or two for some quick course/pattern type things to do...

Thanks guys!
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