The idea is to eventually get your horse to walk under the clothesline, with the items on the line brushing his head, shoulders, back, etc. You can also try the round clothesline (hang it from a tree or structure); readily available at dollar store
Useful for the set up of many props, including labyrinth
Group activity. Requires someone to walk with the crutches. Perfect job for spouse/significant other w/o horse!
Dress Up is a great time for horse and owner to relax and have fun (and prepare for photos) and also to expose horse to things he doesn’t normally wear. Don’t forget the Santa Hats! Time for the human silly side to come out!
Fake Grass Strip
(Big enough for horses to walk on)
Horses walk on this footing
Add other items that will move with the air from fan
Flags of various shapes and sizes
Some flags are available at dollar store.
Group activity. Need a helper to start the flares and monitor them
Portable, free standing gate to teach horse to walk through
Attach interesting and challenging items to the gate (examples, helium balloons, bells, streamers, etc)
Hang from trees or structure. Ghost can be made from sheet.
The hoop/circle is completed by putting a stick into the two ends. Can be used to put around horse’s head or for horse to stand inside
Add other props to make labyrinth more interesting and creative. See The Simple Labyrinth at URL.
Limbo Game Setup
Noodles (water toys)
Group activity. Consider making the limbo game challenging, with different activities per round (example, tarp on ground under limbo, pole on ground under limbo, two barrels standing upright under limbo, etc). Noodles can be hooked together using the connector widely available during warm weather.
Group activity. Construct a “handle and rope” for a person to pull the tarp along the ground. The game is that the horse has to step on the tarp that is being pulled by a person; tarp always moves away from horse – not towards. When horse puts even one foot on tarp, helper stops.
Mailbox W/Flag On Stand
Put some “fun” items in mailbox (carrots, apples, cookies and maybe some other small props, too – like a small can with pebbles inside)
For horse to walk on
Noodle Barrel Prop
Barrel with holes - /noodles placed a few inches into holes that are cut into side of barrel..
Bags of packing peanuts inside gunny sacks or feed sacks and then covered by tarp(s). Makes for interesting footing.Photo
For horse to stand on. Photo
Pole Kites (2)
Snow Goose, Eagle, etc.
Group activity. Person holds pole to which kite is attached and it flies over horses and down low on ground. Kites hang from long pole (~ 16’) and move in air. Poles and kites are available from places like Cabelas. Photo
Rope (50-100’) with trash bags
Rope with trash bags and plastic bags of various sizes every few feet is strung along fence. When person pulls the rope, the entire rope (and attached bags) moves! Photo
Saddlebags & Stuff
Rain ponchos (2)
Saddlebag (inside is
cellophane, aluminum foil, map, hoof pick, toy cell phone, can w/pebbles inside & something with Velcro inside)
During hot weather, try putting ice cubes into pack; as they melt, some horses get scared and this is better to expose them to when you’re on the ground but horse is saddled
See Saw/Teeter Totter
Build so horse can walk on it and balance. Must be very sturdy. See Rocking Bridge on web site
Can be thrown over jumps, spool or fence. Preferably naturally cured.
Silly String (2-3 cans; 1 can counts as 1 item)
Group Activity. A can will be used up quickly. Horses have been seriously injured at parades when surprised by children with silly string.
Poles or boards
Can be positioned so horse can stand on it, or can be used as jump squeeze. See URL. http://www.kbrhorse.net/tra/course01.html
Mimics the horse washing activity. A horse washing station that horse can stand in to get bathed (even if we don’t use water, it’s a squeeze). Suggest making it of PVC pipe and able to be set up and torn down. See URL.
Group activity. Be sure to allow plenty of room so that people and horses can stay as far away as they want/need to
Swamp Box/Water Box
Box or other container with
Rubber or plastic lining to hold water. Water should be 6”-12” deep.
Liner is placed in box. Box is filled with water. Horse steps inside. See Water Box on URL.
Tarp is set up over fence and sprinkler is set up outside fence to hit tarp with water spray. Photo
A free standing PVC “stand” with receptors to hold noodles.When horse walks thru middle, he has to step over, under around and thru noodles. Really requires a photo to visualize this. Photo
Large Bin to house toys*
Frisbee, soft rubber
Shakey Things (noisy)
Gunnysack with crunched aluminum cans inside
Large stuffed animal
Plastic bags should be different shapes, sizes and textures A toy baton (with pebbles or marbles inside) makes a great cheap rain stick and can frequently be found at dollar store
Person jumps up and down while horse stands by or even circles. . Think of interesting props to add to the trampoline play (pom poms, helium balloons tied onto one side, etc)
The kind that pokes in the ground or has a stand. Wind spinners can sometimes be found at dollar store
This web page has many, many pages. Spend some serious time looking thru them all. Quite a few props on this list can be found on this web page.