There are lots of games that we will play with them while they're on their horses to keep things fun and for communication/coordination, ect. There is a mailbox they take toys in and out of, or they'll thrown a beach ball back and forth on the horses, or they play regular games like follow the leader, take turns picking something to do, ect. A lot of them will get "quizzed" on parts of the horse, too. Example: mane, tail, withers, ears, neck, eyes--you know; easy stuff; harder stuff for the more advanced people. There are a whole lot more games and things that I'm sure I haven't seen or been there for yet as well.
NHR also has a "trail" that has a little bridge, bells, gravel, small logs to step over, ect, on it. All of the kids are always so excited when they get to go on the trail! For the more challenged ones the instructor will stop by the different things and ask the children what each thing is, or ask them to ask him/her (the instructor), politely to ring the bells, or ask the children to tell the horses to step on the bridge. It encourages communication as well as just changing things and getting away from the arena.
Great idea to invent this thread!
**I must not forget to thank the difficult horses, who made my life miserable, but who were better teachers than the well-behaved school horses who raised no problems.**