Activity Idea: Ds can practice forming triangle of longeing without a horse.
Option 1 – a few Ds pretend to be the horse.
Option 2 – one brave D (or C) rides a bike as the horse.
Ds take turns being the handler and practice body positions to drive horse forward, ask horse to slow or stop, or maintain current pace. All pony clubbers can explore various longeing equipment and help instructors set up mounts to longe in different ways.
Ex: mount with cavesson and surcingle; mount with bridle and saddle; mount with cavesson and bit.
Cs can then practice longeing the mounts with assistance. Have an advanced level dressage rider demonstrate advanced longeing techniques for pony clubbers to watch.
This will help them understand the extent of training that can be accomplished on the longe. Follow up On Mounted Days: Have C level pony clubbers rotate to have a 15-20 minute private longe lesson to warm up pony immediately prior to group lesson.
If your club has weekly mounted lessons and four C level members, then each C level pony clubber would practice longeing with an instructor once a month. Foot and Shoeing Lesson Objectives: Discuss the 5 steps in shoeing – C1 Recognize farrier tools and know their uses – C1 Recognize and describe good and bad shoeing – C2 Activity Ideas: Invite local farrier to demonstrate and explain the 5 steps in shoeing to pony clubbers.
Have him bring lots of different types of shoes and pictures of poor shoeing to share and discuss with pony clubbers. Have someone who uses studs regularly bring his/her stud box and show different types of studs, explain purposes for different sizes in different footing conditions, and how to care for studs. Ask each pony clubber to bring an old shoe from his/her pony.
Have pony clubbers identify their shoes and look at specific characteristics to determine reasons for use. Follow up for Mounted Days: Ask pony clubbers to describe a farrier tool and explain its use during safety checks. Have pony clubbers describe signs of good and bad shoeing during warm up. Conformation/Lameness Lesson Objectives – C level – Unsoundnesses: Describe five common unsoundnesses as to location and outward appearance – C1 Name and locate the following unsoundesses: ringbone, curb, bowed tendon, sidebone, sprain, navicular, splint, and thoroughpin – C2 Activity Ideas: Assign pairs 2-3 unsoundnesses and have them make posters and give presentations on each.
Give guidelines of things to include.
Ex: anatomical structures affected, cause, treatment, outward appearance Create a question bank on these learning objectives (could include some C3 as well).
Make bingo boards, putting answers on squares and making each board different.
Play bingo to see who is lucky and knows the most about this topic. Lesson Objectives – D level – Pony Parts/Conformation Identify pony parts – D Name and describe six colors, five markings, and four horse breeds – D2 Describe how to measure height of mount – D3 Describe characteristics of a strange mount clearly enough for another person to recognize it within a group. – D3 — Draw with tape good/bad angles on real horse, examining hip and shoulder angles, etc. Health Care/Veterinary Knowledge Lesson Objectives: Discuss what a veterinarian is and give one reason the vet might treat your mount. – D1 Give two reasons to have your mount routinely checked by a vet – D2 Name some symptoms of a sick or injured mount that would cause you to seek help. – D3 Describe how to treat minor wounds – C1 Know health care schedule for own mount including dates of inoculations, deworming, floating of teeth, shoeing – C1 List annual immunizations and health requirements appropriate for your area. – C2 Describe how tetanus and strangles are transmitted.- C2 Explain the need for the regular care of teeth. – C2 Activity Ideas: Have Cs teach Ds reasons for having a vet check mount and signs/symptoms of sick, injured, or distressed mount.
Adults could follow up with discussion of colic and laminitis. Obtain a comprehensive preventative care program booklet from a local veterinarian.
Review with pony clubbers, especially information on vaccinations. Have Cs give a presentation on strangles and tetanus, to include how it is transmitted, treatment, signs and symptoms.
Then discuss with pony clubbers methods of preventing contagious disease transmission. Practice cleaning and bandaging wounds on pretend wounds placed on Breyer horses.
Use washable marker to make wounds and then clean and dress them with actual products.
Have pony clubbers each choose a type of wound and explain to group specific methods used to treat that problem (ex: puncture vs.
Laceration) Have a veterinarian or equine dentist give a demonstration on power floating teeth.
Follow up discussion could include care of teeth as well as the way teeth change as they grow and how we use this information to tell a horse’s approximate age. Follow Up on Mounted Days: Ask Cs about their preventative care program for their ponies at safety checks. How old is your pony and how can you tell this by his teeth? What are some good/bad conformation points of your pony?
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