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    For my riding instructor's class I have to give several different types of lessons. I'll probably be looking to you all for suggestions and opinions several times this semester. These lessons have to have submitted lesson plans, pics and a write up about how the lesson went. One of the required lessons is an unmounted lesson. I'm using my 6 yo cousin because she has a ton of horsey interest but her parents aren't so thrilled by the idea of her riding. Because she has no horsey knowledge what so ever, I'm going to start out with colors of horses. I want to go beyond the very basic because I want her to learn something new, but I don't want to overwhelm her. So, in your opinion, how far is too far for a 6 yo? I'm also going to cover facial and leg markings.

    Also, after I go over these, I want to play games to help her practice and remember what the colors are. I'm playing around with doing some sort of matching game, but I'm not completely sold on it or how to do it. Does anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks everyone, and I'll let you know how it goes.

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    How about an unmounted lesson in "horsie communications"...it's pretty essential that anyone, even a non-rider, who will be working around horses understands this, both for safety and for establishing the trust necessary between the animal and the human. I bring this up because I've been reading a book on the same and it's been fascinating...and useful...to me.
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    how to groom and bathe is important too. Too many people overlook that. And also tacking up, I can't stand it when people have their tack on wrong.

    For the colors and markings idea, if you have a decent amount of horses, you could put like multiple choice options (about what markings or color that horse has) written on different envelopes attached to each horse's stall. Which ever option she guesses, she gets to take that envelope. The right one can have some sort of prize or treat in it. I hope that helps

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    I don't think I'd worry so much about going too far with information, just cover the bare basics. Just ultimately make sure she's having fun! When I was helping one of my old instructor's with lessons a lot of her lesson kids were around 6 and 7. What I learned from that experience was that, except in rare cases, attention span at that age is almost nonexistent.

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    things to do on the ground with a 6 year old.... keep it short, sweet, busy, circulate two or three topics.

    breeds, not so much specific but general drafts. riding (light) horses, ponies. breed specific with what she can relate to: budweiser Clydes, the black stallion, recognizable icons she is already familar with. specify one or two breeds within each category if you setill have her attention.

    general care and WHY we groom, what results from grooming. do some chores together.

    tack. general Western and English. stirrups, girth/cinch. bridle, reins, bit. work on how to hold reins, simulate horse's head action. keep it simple.

    demonstrate and invite trial of w/t/c. tote her around piggyback (if you can) for a trot demo and posting trial (seriously!).

    allow for discovery time, encourage same with two or three simple but dramatically different bits, touch hay, smell grain. let her try out the brushes on herself, hang the bridle on her head. play, talk, BE the horse: she's six : )

    set up scenarios with you as the horse. leading, turning, standing, etc. and don't always walk TOO nicely ; ), then explain why 'the horse' might behave in such a way (jig, wander off, stop to graze, do benign but regular things), what to do about it and why.

    play some more.

    enjoy!

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    There's always the usual grooming, turning out, basic care, etc. When I was at camp we wrote on a horse with chalk to learn anatomy. When I was younger it was always fun when an instructor would take apart a bridle, leave one together and have us try to put it together.

    She's young for this, but she could learn how to lunge a bombproof horse at the walk.
    Ah I've been snowballed! Twice!

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