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Updated on September 9, 2014

Horse and Rider Fun Horse Training Games

Equestrian Rider Training With Fun Horse Training Games - We all know we have to train if we are going to stay sharp, but let's face it many of the exercises we perform every week can become tedious to you and your horses. The purpose of this Lens is to find and show some fun horse training games to use as alternatives to the typical drill, rehearse repeat.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider many of the basic exercises are designed to help you build strength, coordination, and confidence and need to be practiced regularly, no matter how advanced your skills are. Incorporating fun horse training games into your workout can help advance your skills rapidly and bring renewed motivation. Did I also mention, "and it's a lot of 'Fun" .

"Disclaimer: As with all sports and physical activity there is a possibility of injury. Please Understand this lens is for informational purposes only. If you are to practice or implement any of the training or games described below. "For your safety... Do so only under the direct supevision of a professional trainer"

Image Credit: Author Winlin

Games On Horseback
Games On Horseback

Games On Horseback

By: Betty Bennett-Talbot and Steven Bennett

Without a doubt this is the most comprehensive text available on horse riding games. Written in a style that puts safety first. Betty and Steven Bennett have written a classic on horse training games.

What Others are Saying:

"I bought this book for my daughter for Christmas and its been great to have at the equestrian center where we keep our horse."

"I loved this book - it has great ideas for games to do with just you and your horse or with a group of others as well."

"Games on Horseback is becoming a well-deserved classic. Games range from the simplest that even a fairly inexperienced rider can handle, to more challenging games that require greater skill."

For more information including current pricing and availability follow the link or double click the photo. Image Credit: Amazon

Interscholastic Equestrian Association

Non Profit Available to Middle and Secondary School Students

The International Equestrian Association (IEA) was formed and organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students. The IEA promotes Hunt Seat, Western and Saddle Seat riding competition throughout the United States.

The IEA strongly promotes the fact that "You do not need to own a horse to compete in the IEA.". Many of the IEA participants have goals of riding in collegiate competition and are hopeful that their participation in the IEA events can gain them experience and notoriety that will eventually lead to college scholarship opportunities.

A non-profit organization, the IEA , now has over 5,000 student-riders on hundreds of teams across North America... North America, Alaska and Hawaii. For information regarding an iEA riding opportunity near you visit the IEA website

Musical Stalls On Horseback
Musical Stalls On Horseback

Musical Stalls Game On Horseback

A Classic Horseback Training Game

This game is a lot of fun for intermediate or advanced riders and can teach the student to anticipate change and adapt their movements quickly. Ultimately it's up to the instructor, however you may find that adventurous beginner riders are capable of keeping up as well.

How to Play The Musical Stalls On Horseback Game.

To set up the game; in the center of the ring lay Cavelletti or jump cross poles parallel to each other leaving a comfortable distance between them so that horse and rider can walk between the sets of poles without bumping or crowding each other.

Essentially you are going to lay poles on the ground in order to form make believe stalls. Then similar to the musical chairs game the students will walk around the ring (on the rail) while the music is playingg. Each time the music stops (when you turn it off) the riders come off the rail and try to be one of the first to get their horse into one of the make believe stalls. Since there is one less stall than there are riders, whichever rider got left out is of the game (until next time).

After each round of eliminating a rider, remove a pole and continue until there are only two riders and one stall left. The first rider into the last stall is the "Winner"

For safety sake make sure you have established the rules with all of the riders ahead of time. When first starting out it's best to limit the riders to a walking gait only. Very advance riders may have more fun with a trot or cantor around the rail and then when the music stops slow to a walk or trot while heading to the stalls. * It's up to the instructor to know the capabilities of their students .

Troxel Riding Helmet

Equestrian Riding Helmet

A safe, reliable and ** certified riding helmet is a must for all horse riding and horse training games. Troxel riding helmets are as well known and respected as they get in the sport of equestrian riding. The Troxel Brand makes a statement about the rider.

Check the Amazon pages for genuine Troxel helmets. You will nto only get the most trusted name, but you will find many deals and if your eligible you might even get free shipping right to your front door. Troxel Spirit - Horseback Riding Helmet

Free Virtual Horse Games Online - Link List

This lens is about real horses and real people doing real riding, if you came here looking for virtual or online horse games please take a minute to look around before you leave. - You might get hooked.

Here is a list of 3 top horse games gaming sites online. Each has multiple horse riding games to choose from. W

Play the Egg and Spoon Game On Horse Back

Egg and Spoon Game

This game is ideal for teaching the rider how to relax in the seat and focus on a task. In this case the task is placing an egg on a spoon and riding it across the arena or paddock without droping it. A similar but less messy version uses a golf ball instead of an egg.

As the students become more adept at this game you can even set up cones or fences to give them obstacles to ride around. Try it at a walk or trot.

There are many ways to play the game, here are two of them:

1.One method of play begins by timing each rider to see how quickly they can complete a course then simply compare the times and the best time wins. If you drop the egg you must go back and start over but the timer keeps going. The timed method seems to work better with a smaller group.

2. Another way to play the game is to separate the riders into two groups (teams) and give them identical courses to follow and the first team with everyone over the finish line wins. Remember if a team member drops the egg they have to go back to the beginning and start over.

You might be amazed at how quickly you or your students improve their skills.

The Jolly Ball Horse Toy

"Horses gotta have fun too! You will be absolutely amazed at the hours of enjoyment our equestrian friends can get from playing with their very own Toy for Horses, "The Jolly Ball".

This Lens is all about Jolly balls and toys for horses. Helping you choose which one you want for your horseā€¦ nothing says it like video so please enjoy the collection of "You Tube" clips toys for horses."

The Buck Game

The buck game will help you keep your seat secure by training you to use the correct muscles. Pretty simple place a "buck" one dollar between each of your knees and the horse. "Oh", by the way you will get the best results from this horse training game while you are riding bareback.

Set up courses or runs and the first person across the finish or the last person holding onto their bucks is the winner. If you don't care to you dollars for this game. Scraps of paper or color cloth works well too.

Red Light Green Light On horseback

A Classic Horse Training Games Idea

You can play red light green light on horseback also... This a great game for your less experienced riders, you may consider changing the trot to a canter for more experienced riders if you have a large enough training area.

You will need a finish line and a startitng line. One of the easier methods for this is to stretch out a length of rope at either end or the arena and place orange cones on the ends of the rope to designate the start and finish gates.

The instructor the announces "Red Light", "Green Light" or "Yellow Light"

Red Light: Halt

Yellow Light: Walk

Green Light: Trot

The first contestant that followed the instructions correctly and makes it over the finish line is the winner.

This is a very simple game that develops reaction time and ability to take instruction... Two very basic ingredients of a future award winning rider.

Horse Show Game by Gamewright

Gamewright Horse Show Ride for the Blue Ribbon Card Game
Gamewright Horse Show Ride for the Blue Ribbon Card Game

Here's fun game designed for our young horse lovers! The Horse Show Game lets children play a strategic game based on horse shows, learning about authentic tack and actual show events.

It has been awarded: Dr. Toy's Best Vacation Products, and Parenting Magazine Toy of the Year. The game contains 59 cards and takes about twenty minutes to play. It's a 2 to 4 player game, recommended for ages: 8+ years


Snaffle Bit Belt

Tory Leather 1" Snaffle Bit Leather Belt, Brass Buckle
Tory Leather 1" Snaffle Bit Leather Belt, Brass Buckle

What a perfect way to present your or someone specials equestrian talents. Even after you've dismounted the 1" Snaffle Bit Leather belt by Tory will be a reminder to others that you love everything horses.

Double click the picture or follow the link to go directly to the Snaffle Bit Belt or you can see it at > Gifts For Horse Owners along with a collection of other horse owner gifts.


What Horse Training Games Do You Play On Horseback?

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      Dede 2 years ago

      We used to play "tag". In an arena put down objects that cant be crossed, on a trail usually there are plenty of things to dodge around :p. The rules are; you must all stay at the chosen gait and you may only tag the rider! We also added no "tag backs" so everyone has the chance to not be "it". We never had any injuries and found the more riders the more fun. Oh, if you break gait and 2 people call it we had that person count loudly to 10 then they became the new "it" person.

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      spellbindingsis 4 years ago

      Fun Fun Fun really enjoyed it!

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      Maribel Forayo 5 years ago from Philippines

      When I was a kid, I had a horse. It was so helpful because I was in a remote village then. I really love horses

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      giovi64 lm 5 years ago

      I deeply love the horses! Beautiful and interesting lens. Compliments.

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      Jen withFlash 5 years ago

      Fun lens!!

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      Im Horse Crazy 5 years ago

      Love this lens, love horses, and definitely love horseback riding games!

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      My oldest daughter loved to play horse training and breeding games online

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      onebrightlight 5 years ago

      I love horses, but have never been in a position to own one. I have to live vicariously through others! Thanks for the great lens!

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      ruth-williams lm 5 years ago

      Some great tips here. I love horses so will be trying out some of these games next time I visit the stables!

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      Bob Zau 5 years ago

      @Im Horse Crazy: Thanks so much for such an enthusiastic comment!

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      Im Horse Crazy 5 years ago

      I just want to say one thing- I love this lens soooooooooo much!!! You did an amazing job with this lens!

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      Bob Zau 5 years ago

      @Im Horse Crazy: Thanks for the kind comments and as soon as I'm done with this response I'll be driving my wife who is equally as horse-crazy to an equestrian event. - I was warned, but married a horse woman anyway. : )

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I haven't, but these sound like great ideas.

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      Im Horse Crazy 5 years ago

      I love horses-I love horseback riding-I love this lens!!!!! Awesome job!:)

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      StrongMay 5 years ago

      i didn't play very much. My first stable didn't have games. When I moved to my second stable, I was experienced enough that we didn't use games. But my less experienced siblings did play games.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've done some stretching of arms, legs, and ankles as well as some balance and loosening exercises for the rider, but I don't think I've ever played games - well some gymboree - I guess that counts? George Morris has some interesting "games" ;)

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      trendydad 5 years ago

      great videos and the buck game sounds like fun

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      alex89 lm 5 years ago

      I love games on horseback, if you're feeling adventurous playing "it" with a couple of jumps and obstacles set up is lots of fun.

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      AussieAnnie LM 6 years ago

      videos are always entertaining

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      AJ 6 years ago from Australia

      This evokes many memories - thank you.

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      Bob Zau 6 years ago

      @TonyPayne: Give my congrats on the win. I've never raced, however I have had my share of cantors over the fences. Thanks for the blessing.

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      Bob Zau 6 years ago

      @oxfordian: Arabians are so much fun. I remember having Arabian barn pal named Xanadu. He belonged to another rider, but we took to being buddies.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Sounds like a lot of fun to me if you enjoy horse riding. My cousin keeps horses, and her daughter won her first race at a major racecourse last week. I only went on a horse once, but I have a fear of heights, and they put me on the biggest horse of all, and I was petrified, especially when it went off faster than a walking pace. Excellent job, blessed.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      What an amazing lens and great tips and ideas for horse lovers. Blessed and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012 and also on Fun in The Great Outdoors. Well done, hugs

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      the least i could ride is a mule.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Returning to bless this fun horseplay!

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      southridgefarmsinc 6 years ago

      People around here play the spoon and egg game. Target practicing on horseback is still very popular. Fun lens and love the videos!

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      oxfordian 6 years ago

      I used to have a beautiful gray Arabian mare and I miss her so much. Every time I hear a horse whinny, my heart flips over. This is the year I'm hoping to build a barn and keep horses again. I really enjoy your horsey lenses. Here's an angel blessing for you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fun games and of course one needs to take lessons for horse riding.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 6 years ago from Texas

      I have played most of these game and some others. Riding horses has been one of my all time loves. Enjoyed your lens.

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      Bob Zau 6 years ago

      @Gayle Dowell: Horses are great for teaching responsibility and keeping young people out of trouble. As my wife points out; "When you have a horse(s) to take care of, you don't have time for much else". Thanks for the blessing, Kit!

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      Sounds fun! I ride horses all the time and really enjoy it! They are one of Christs most amazing creations!

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      Gayle Dowell 6 years ago from Kansas

      My daughter is the horse person in our family. She takes care of our pony and two miniatures. I'll have to pass this on to her. Blessed by a squid angel.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Another wonderfully unique topic by you and just for the fun of it all. I've never had a horse but have been friends with a few along the way.

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      Runnn 6 years ago

      I tried once to ride on a horse. But it was too difficult for me...

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      johnnyhide 6 years ago

      Fantastic post.Thanks Again.

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      tiffanydiamonde 6 years ago

      You can learn how to teach your horse to back up, load on a trailer and how to be a good riding horse.Nice work.

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      crystalshane777 6 years ago

      Riding on the back of an untrained horse is like driving a car that does not have any brakes. Cool lens.

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      Health-Gal 7 years ago

      horseback games are not only great fun but wonderful for improving riding style and balance, great lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      You are right, exercising should be fun. At times the drudgery of it becomes too frustrating and games are good to bring interest back .

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      I learned to ride bareback in a halter on a borrowed pony (didn't have a saddle for 2 years until the pony's owner gave him to me for keeps). I knew if I fell off I'd never catch the little devil again, so I learned to stick on.

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      Fun and games on horseback - I like the dollar bill game but I bet I'd lose mine after all these years of not riding. Lensrolling to Dobush Farms - Sensible Horse Training in Vermont.

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      WealthBuilder2010 7 years ago

      Very cool lens. What fun. I am going to introduce these games at our barn. Thanks!

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      Bob Zau 7 years ago

      @GuyB LM: Ouch! Thanks for pointing that out...

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      GuyB LM 7 years ago

      Hi everyone, I left comments earlier about playing football while riding bareback. I would like to make sure people are cautious or maybe DON'T do this. I was playing with my cousin, fell off my horse and cracked two ribs. Just wanted to pass on that info so you can stay safe.

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      I love horseback games and play all of them. This is a great lens. Blessed by The HorseAndPony Angel,

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      These look really good. However I have not ridden in many years so I think I'd just be focusing on staying in the saddle!

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      Delia 7 years ago

      I remember playing these games when I was a 4H leader in lens 5* might be interested in my Board Game GallopHome lens it for kids to learn about horses.

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      Bob Zau 7 years ago

      @GuyB LM: Excellent! Thanks for the post, I'll have to think of adding this as a game to the lens...

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      GuyB LM 7 years ago

      I've been riding horses since I was a little boy-always bareback. We used to pass a football to one another while on the horses to work on our balance. You will fall off a few times, but over the long haul, you will build up your balance and be able to stay on the wildest horse. 5*

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I don't ride horses, but I love the way you presented these games for those who do. Nice job!