Hey, folks, I'm in a little bit of a jamb.
In the past month or so, it's been in influx of students with no (or very little) confidence. One is a pre-teen (who will be 12 soon) and the other a 50-something adult. I, myself, didn't do a whole lot special to build my confidence; I just rode, rode, and kept on riding. But these people, who take 1-2 lessons a week, don't have that sort of liberty.
After they learn "Stage One" in the round pen (posture, turning, backing, sitting the jog and maybe the lope), we take them into what we call the "side pasture" (a grass lot that we use both as an "arena" and infrequent pasture turn-out) to do amateur barrel racing (at the walk, jog, lope -- if capable) as well as pole bending, the bucket race, and sometimes even a slower-paced flag race.
I've thought about building an "obstacle course" for our different-staged riders. Have two parts; one with weave poles, something to pick up/drop/carry, gate or mail box to open/shut, and maybe even some smaller (6"-2') jumps. But if the rider doesn't even have enough confidence in the round pen, this course will be a moot point.
Does anyone have any tips on exercises I can do with them to help them out?? I've done the water cup/egg-in-spoon, rail touch, Simon Says, and more games with all ages. They seem to work, but only for a short period of time.