Canadian Pony Club
GENERAL NOTES ON TEACHING STABLE MANAGEMENT LESSONS
Each topic can be taught in a variety of ways. Some suggestions are:
- Use old tests or quiz questions to make up written work sheets to review lessons.
- Devise games, relays, etc., especially for the younger members to keep learning fun. Co-operative exercises, such as working together to solve a puzzle or do a task, can also be a good exercise.
- Some use of diagrams can be made during winter lessons but it is preferable whenever possible, and always when reviewing, to use real horses, real situations and hands-on experience as much as possible.
- Visit stables, facilities, breeding farms, vet clinics, competitions, whenever possible.
- Beware of too much lecturing - try to have the kids doing things: demonstrating, practicing, looking up information, making notes, assembling scrap books, collecting samples, etc., etc.
- Above all, READ THE MANUAL OF HORSEMANSHIP! It is a marvellous (and much neglected) little book. It contains most of the information you will need to teach these lessons. It contains a veritable wealth of information in some areas. Don't neglect it!