Adding concrete visuals and easily described markers to help you deliver clear and concise directions does not have to be fancy or complicated!
- Set up a pair or “gate” of cones before and after poles, cavaletti, etc. to assist students in staying straight before and after the obstacle.
- Use the cones to act as concrete, visual markers for stopping and starting 2-point and/or intro to starting to learn how to eyeball strides/steps/distance before an obstacle.
- Add a concrete visual marker at the end of the line after the obstacle (note blue tape strip on top of fence at end of arena).
- Set puzzle pieces on flat cones or poles to add in transition work and attention breaks for students that need more activities added in to keep them engaged during riding skill practice.
** I personally chose to use the term Adaptive Riding vs. Therapeutic Riding and avoid ‘horse therapy’ at all costs. Why? CLICK HERE. The thoughts shared in the post above apply to not only Adaptive riding but also to other mounted equine activities and therapies offered at an EAAT (Equine Assisted Activity and Therapy) Program/Center/Barn.
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