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    07-03-2010, 09:24 PM
Need A Game for Younger Horsey Kids

I was going through my bookcase, and found a ton of my old horse books, including several kid-friendly "Your First Riding Lessons"-type books given to me when I was young. My plan is to give the books to the younger kids in my 4-H club, 8-12 years is about the age bracket for most of the books. I'm thinking of doing something with a game at our next meeting, and having the books as prizes. However it falls as far as who wins, all of them will end up with a book (Probably let the winner have first choice or something?). Here's the catch, though... I'm fresh out of simple small group kids' games! Any ideas, O Creative and Fun-Loving HF Readers??
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    07-03-2010, 09:26 PM
On horseback or not?
    07-04-2010, 08:10 AM
Not on horseback, preferably indoors. We have a fair sized room for our meetings, but I can't picture the weather cooperating for something outside.
    07-04-2010, 09:20 AM
Green Broke
We did this really fun game at camp once.

The person in charge (that would be you Im guessing?) writes down two sets of the points of the horse. Then, get like two horse dolls, preferably biggish, and divide the kids into 2 teams. Then they have about twenty minutes to stick the points of the horse onto the correct part of the body. After the time is up, you see how many they got right. (you may need a book with the points to help you) The team with the most right wins! Its fun and it teaches them something new :)
    07-04-2010, 11:49 AM
Aww, I was hoping you wanted a game on horseback! We used to play red light, green light. And yellow light, haha. Pretty simple, start in a line, walk forward on green light, stop on red, and ONLY in the arena, you back up on yellow. Anyone who didn't stop fast enough was asked to back up several steps.
    07-04-2010, 12:05 PM
I have one! I saw it in a Young Rider magazine many years ago.

To prepare, find a pair of several different horse items--2 snaffle bits, 2 bell boots, 2 twitches, 2 metal curry combs...really anything that is horse related would work. Place them in seperate piles, so there is at least one of each item in each pile. Then divide the group into two teams. Someone (you?) will call out a horsie item, and a person from each team will try to find said item from their team's pile, and run back to their team as fast as they can. You can keep calling out items until each pile is empty. The first team to collect all of the items wins! It's a great way to learn more about tack, and it's fun too!
    07-04-2010, 01:13 PM
Why not just let them do a show jumping contest on foot with little jumps? I used to love doing that as a kid!
You could always do it indoors if you have a big enough space, even with a broom balanced on two buckets as a jump. Highly entertaining but you'll have to make sure the jumps are low enough that noone will fall over but that there is an element of challenge!
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    07-04-2010, 07:43 PM
Originally Posted by Heatherloveslottie    
Why not just let them do a show jumping contest on foot with little jumps? I used to love doing that as a kid!
You could always do it indoors if you have a big enough space, even with a broom balanced on two buckets as a jump. Highly entertaining but you'll have to make sure the jumps are low enough that noone will fall over but that there is an element of challenge!
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Ah, yes I remember having fun doing that too! Especially when you need to actually canter. I never could pick up my left lead...
    07-05-2010, 04:12 PM
Huh! I thought I replied to this yesterday, but my post isn't here!! Wonky, my internet is. < (-.-) >

These are excellent suggestions! I could actually use some mounted games as well, now that I think of it... we have a slew of younger members this year, and it can be a challenge to keep everyone occupied sometimes. Usually we have them play "Horse, Horse, Pony", essentially "Duck, Duck, Goose", but that's wearing a bit thin.

Thanks a lot, everyone!
    07-05-2010, 05:19 PM
For mounted horse games:

Toilet paper race
Have the kids divide up into pairs. Then with a roll of 2 ply toilet paper (the thinner it is, the more challenge it provides) and you give them a certain amount of squares each. (say eight) Each teammate holds one end of the tp and they have to race around the arena on horseback without dropping or breaking the toilet paper.

Egg Race (more like musical chairs but with eggs)
Give kids a spoon and an egg. Have them walk, trot, canter, stop, reverse around the area on horseback until the last person is left with their egg on their spoon. If someone drops their egg they have to move to the middle of the arena and are "out".

Boot Race
Not sure how safe this is, but it sure was a blast. (and we did it many moons ago) We would take off our boots and put them in a pile at the end of the arena, then we would have to race down on our horses, get off, find our shoes, put them on, get back on your horse and race back to the finish line.
Note: if you didn't want to do this and have the kids take off their boots, you could do something similiar with a pile of tack and call out the piece of tack you want them to bring back.

Cup of Water Race:
Put a bucket of water on a barrel at the furtherest end of your arena. Have a timer and give the kids a cup. They have to race down on horseback, lean over and dip their cup into the bucket and get some water out and race back to the finish line. They must have water in their cup or they are disqualified. Quickest time wins.

These are just some off the top of my head and could actually be done on foot for fun if you wanted. Hope these help.

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