1. Halt at the barrel. Which number comes first?
2. #1 – the Curry Comb! (however, I flipped them all over for you to see what they are)
3. Go to the other barrel – do something to practice the skill on the way (weave cones, walk between poles, trot, etc.). Bring the image with you.
4. Find the matching tool in the grooming bucket. Use the image to remind them what they’re looking for. If they pick wrong, ask if it looks the same. (Note to self: use smaller bucket – little arms have a hard time reaching so far!)
5. Teach the purpose of the tool and how to use it on your horse. Let them practice on the horse. Make sure to use the other hand too! (Below: the left hand is her weaker hand, but she does it!)
The mane and tail brush provide nice reaching opportunities.
6. Repeat until all the cards are gone!
I added #4 hoof pick later:
I also made a 5 card set for tacking: saddle pad, gel pad, saddle, girth, bridle.
If you would like to make ones like this, download the following docs, cut the pages in half, put the correct numbers on the back, laminate, cut out again, then use!
Note: This is not professional advice, this is a blog. I am not liable for what you do with or how you use this information. The activities explained in this blog may not be fit for every rider, riding instructor, or riding center depending on their current condition and resources. Use your best personal judgment!