Last week was Thanksgiving, a holiday that gave some of the kids a few extra days off school. I decided to do some mini-clinic/camp days during that break for any of my students that could attend!
Tuesday before Thanksgiving was the first mini-clinic which I had four children sign up for, all of them between 6-9 years old. The weather didn't cooperate and we had to shorten the session to occur from 12-3:30PM. It was the perfect amount of time though seeing as it was freezing cold! The kids started with learning to polo wrap Scooter's legs and how to put different types of boots on Chester's legs. Then they rode Tootsie, each taking a turn working on trotting poles and learning to count steps between poles and how to set up poles for their horses. We ended with learning parts of the horse, of which Harley was our model horse for that! While we waited for parents to come for pickup we played "horsey-says" which all the kids seemed to really enjoy!
Friday after Thanksgiving was the second session from 12-5PM. Three girls attended that session and we began with learning to wrap with Scooter again, then boots with Frank as our model, and parts of the horse with Harley. Emma K. rode Tootsie, Abby rode Spencer and Emma W. rode her pony, Versace, and we had an eventful riding session! Abby did her first canter jump ever, Emma K. trotted her first jump ever, and Emma W. worked on getting her grumpy pony to go! Versace wasn't quite with the "game plan" to get ridden on Friday, but Emma W. did great working on getting him moving! We ended the riding session with some bareback fun riding! Then all the girls had a snack and we went outside to set up "human jump courses" with the horse jumps and we worked on memorizing courses on the fly!
I hope to host a few more mini-clinic days over the winter break, though it will all depend on travel schedules for most students! So stay tuned and look out for dates and times!