by Kathy Mann & Carol Berger
Teaching Horsemanship Made Easy Pony Pointers Workbook by Kathy Mann & Carol Berger is a great resource for teaching safe horsemanship using Demonstration Ideas, Discussion Questions, Activity Pages, Coloring Pages and more.
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by Kathy Bennett & illustrated by Carol Peterson. Writer and illustrator of Pony Pointers have many years of experience owning, training and showing horses and ponies. Kathy Bennett has been published in Western Horseman magazine, instructed many children and adults in horsemanship, co-coached a local High School Equestrian Team and has been a 4-H horse project leader. She has worked for many years in the school system.
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We support helmet use for all riding styles. Research shows that helmet use reduces the risk of head injuries
Attitude, it predetermines a horse's performance. Let's look at where attitude starts. First of all, if we were to place the horse on a Freudian couch, we would find that he likes to be comfortable. A comfortable horse is content. He is confident in his rider and in his role in the partnership. At the core of this relationship is trust. Trust is an expectation.
When the horse trusts you, he has learned from consistency what will happen if. When the horse knows where he stands, his actions develop power because his confidence increases. ...it means we must do more than tell the horse what to do; we must also listen... More »
A learning style is the underlying and consistent way in which a person perceives, understands, organizes and recalls information. If the teacher's methods match a preferred style, the student will learn better and faster. This has a positive effect on the student's self esteem and helps to improve the student/teacher relationship. More Articles»
Without balance, the rider requires force to hold their posture as segments of their body fight against each other and the ever present forces of gravity. This wasted energy and motion creates disharmony with the horse.
The horse who also struggles to support poor balance is inefficient and inhibited from his full athletic potential. In balance, two opposing forces or factors are of equal strength or importance so that they effectively cancel each other out. An item in perfect balance requires almost no energy or force to maintain its position or stability... More »
Understanding your horse's perspective enables you to enhance performance by sending better signals. ...the horse reacts to his world from where he sees it through his own eyes, not ours.
While we are busy developing our horsemanship skills, the horse is simply being himself. Seeing the horse through his own eyes will add dimension to our communication with him and lead to our control of a thinking, listening and willing partner. ...we don't teach the horse to make lead changes; he knows how, he does them all the time...More »
Rephrasing (saying the same thing in different ways) will maximize the chances that every student will eventually understand. The repetition helps students to remember the main ideas, and offers a chance for the different learning styles get comfortable with what you present to them.
For example: your goal for a lesson may be to explain a lead departure. Different types of rephrasing could include (but are not limited to): A verbal explanation of how the horse balances and strikes off into a lead - A demonstration of a horse departing in a lead. A tactile exercise asking students to stand beside their horses and move their legs and hands as if to cue for a lead departure. Asking 'what if?' questions to help the analyzers in the class think through the process. Time to practice and get feedback. Offering a worksheet with visual content about the lead departure process.
This type of rephrasing keeps the class focused on the main points of the lesson, the repetition helps students to remember, and the variety in the presentation engages the different learning styles. More Articles»
To make the most of your riding time, take advantage of what you've learned from the experience. Here are a few tips to help you measure your ride's success, and work toward continuous improvements.
How to analyze your ride: Shortly after the ride, make a list of ideas and observations while they are still fresh in your mind. Be open and objective to what actually happened, verses what you had hoped or wished would happen.
Look at both the positives and negatives, and what led up to them. Determine where your expectations didn't match up with the outcomes. Identify areas for development and commit to further training and coaching that will maximize your positives.
By analyzing your ride you'll identify where things went right as well as where they didn't. If you build on this analysis, the details will give perspective to your next ride and guide you toward your future skills.
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