Horsing Around!

by Mindy Lockard on June 2, 2010

Back at the ranch, we did a little horsing around.  Which our little cowgirls loved…

elle-on-a-horse

did I say loved?  I mean LOVED!

maggie-on-a-horse1

So in the spirit of the ranch we made these fun stick ponies as a birthday activity for Elle’s birthday.  To be honest I wasn’t sure how they were going to go.  But the kids loved them.  So giddy up, here’s how we did it.

cutting-out-horses

Supplies:

  • Foam Sheets
  • Paint (not permanent, like ours… mommy fail)
  • Pens
  • Googly Eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue

On the foam paper draw out the pony’s head. You don’t have to be a picasso to draw these, just do your best and the kids will do the rest.  Then cut them out.

cutting-foam

Let the kids decorate their pony.

permanent-paint

hole punch the sides and string ribbon through for the mane and attach tie to a bamboo garden stick or really any stick will do.

tie-to-a-stick-or-bamboo-garden-stake

Here are a few stick pony etiquettes… because you know we always come with a plan and a few tips to keep the games fun and injury free. 

elle-on-the-stick-horse

Dos

1. The pony is for riding and is not a stick for fighting… not matter how tempting.

2. Galloping or trotting is the best method for riding… Moms and dads this may require a demo.  The kids will love it, even if it aint pretty. Running leads to trouble. Trust me.

3. Keep your pony’s bottom on near the ground.  Bottoms in the air, get ponies sent back to the stable or worse to  the garden as a garden stake.

4. Make up games: races, set up small jumps or events, give awards for best trot, best gallop best side saddle or as Maggie will show you… riding without hands.  Of which only works on a stick pony.

maggies-no-hands

5. Have a blast

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

The Preppy Princess 06.02.10 at 6:21 am

Your darling Elle is such a little beauty! I loved the ‘Make Your Own Pony” idea, it looks like loads of fun for all involved.

Hope your Wednesday is wonderful Miss Mindy,
tp

Mindy Lockard 06.02.10 at 6:28 am

Thank you so much! It was great. I hope your Wednesday is wonderful too!

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