Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: In the barn whenever possible.
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".
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.
"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Last edited by Plains Drifter; 07-05-2010 at 04:22 PM.