The Guide to Games to Play with your FriendsThese are games you can play with your friends away from the yard.Theyre great for time when the weather is bad or maybe duringschool lunch breaks.As well as being fun to play, each game helps teach you skills that willhelp you get better at working with your pony.
Game 1 - The YES-NO gameHow do our ponies know what they want us to do? Well, they usually dowhat they think is right, then we say yes or no using things like ourbody language, or pressure and release. The pony can then remembernext time what he did in that situation.Lots of people are very good at saying no but sometimes we needreminding that hearing yes is important too. Heres a game to helpyou see how important it is.Youll need:- a group of friends - any number will do. Thats it!One of you goes out of the room if youre inside, or goes far enoughaway they cant hear you. The rest of you then decide an action thatother person has to do. Keep it simple, something like sit on thatchair, or touch the tap.The other person then comes back and has to work out what to do. Youdont tell her anything other than no when she gets it wrong. So shecould get a no for walking in the wrong direction, for looking at thewrong thing, or even for just standing doing nothing!See how long it takes for them to work out what to do - it could beages! Think how much quicker it would have been if youd shown her atleast some of what she had to do, and said yes when she was doingsomething right.You can change this game to say just yes when theyre getting itright. Its not as hard, but still not easy.The learning point of this game is that we need to show our ponieswhat we want them to do, correct when the get it wrong but make surewe say YES when they get it right!
Game 2 - The Pulling GameYou will need- a lead line or rope- a friendYou can also practice leading your pony, and see how it feels when youwalk in front, behind or next to each other; see how it feels if youhave a tight line or a slack one; and see how it feels if the leader isconfident or worried.When playing with this game, be careful not to pull too hard or tooquickly and pull your friend over. Even when playing games like this,always keep safe!
Game 3 - LongliningThe IH Kids Guide to Longlining tells you about how to get startedwith your pony, but the best place of all to start with longlining ispracticing on another person.You can practice stopping, starting and turning, as shown in ourlonglining guide. You can even practice doing things like circles orchanging rein, even obstacles!
Game 4 - The Timing GameGood timing means giving your pony his yes or no as close aspossible to his action. For example, if you ask him to take a step back,you need to say yes as hes doing it and not wait until hes stopped,otherwise youll end up saying yes to the stopping. If we get ourtiming wrong, our pony can get very confused or learn the wrong thing.Timing sounds easy but it takes a lot of practice to get it right. Heresa game that can help you towards perfect timing.Youll need:- a small ball, such as a tennis ball;- a friend;- a training clicker if you have one.Dont worry if you havent got a clicker, you can make a click noisewith your tongue.You ask your friend to bounce the ball on the ground. You have to clickthe very second the ball touches the ground. Sounds easy? Try it andsee! You can also ask your friend to throw the ball into the air - thistime you click as it gets as high as it goes before falling down again.When youre good at that, you can practice clicking things you cantpredict so well, such as when someone blinks, when your pony swishesits tail, or when the car in front of yours brakes as youre drivinghome from school. You might need to click in your mind rather than outloud sometimes, otherwise youll end up driving your friends and familymad!