Sunday, September 4, 2016

PATCH Teaching Tool

Back to school!  Well, actually, here at PATCH we've been in session all summer!  Ok, let me explain.....  I have a therapeutic horsemanship program here at our barn.  We teach kiddos with different learning abilities about horses ~ all about horses!  They have to learn horse care (feeding, watering, health, cleaning stalls, grooming horses, etc) as well as tacking, riding, and in-hand showmanship.  

At the beginning of October we have our big show where we show off what they have learned in all areas.  This year the judge will have the option to ask questions about parts and tacking (how to put on the saddle, pad, headstall/bridle, girth/cinch, etc).  

I teach tacking at the lessons, but I thought it would be helpful if they could practice at home.  So, I made them all paper horses that would stand and tack to put on the horses.  

I used replaceable glue to put on the forelocks, manes and tails so they could remove/replace them and learn the names.  Once it dries, this glue works like a post-it note!
Next I made a folder using a couple of pieces of 8 x 10 inch cardstock pieces and gluing a strip on the right hand side for the horse to "live in" and an envelope for the left hand side to act as the tack box.
The kids seemed to enjoy this activity at the lessons; hopefully they will practice at home!

The horse and parts are all from Old West Cartridge or pieces I altered from those parts like the girth/cinch and saddle blanket.  

Ok, so it's not your traditional back to school, but I thought it would be fun to share!

Material List
CTMH Cardstock:  Fundamental, Champagne, Colonial White, Saddle, Cashmere, Chocolate
CTMH Mocha Gems (retired)
CTMH Envelope
CTMH Stamp: Believe Lower Case (retired)
CTMH Bonding Memory Glue
Cricut Cartridge:  Old West

My horse is trotting off to the following challenges:

Bitten by the Bug 2:  Back to School
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge:  Back to School

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  1. Oh, what a fabulous idea. I love the horse and all the pieces. It is like playing paperdolls, only with horses. I always LOVED playing with paperdolls! Thanks for joining us at BBTB2.

  2. Wow Katrina! That is an amazing and very clever way to help the kids remember what goes where!
    (hugs) Cara

  3. This is fantastic and very creative! what a great idea!
    xoxo Olga

  4. what a fantastic idea. I love what you came up with for helping the kids learn their skills. Perfect. thanks for sharing your project with us at Bitten By the Bug2 this week.

  5. It's like paper dolls, with horses! What a genius idea! You are so creative!!!! So glad you joined us at BBTB2 this week with your project.

  6. This is an amazing idea- very inventive! Thanks also for the tip about the glue!

  7. wOW, THAT is amazing, clever, adorable and fun! Just winsome! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Fantabulous Cricut.

  8. This is so cute I love it.
    Thank you for joining my Fantabulous Back to school Linky Challenge. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

    DL.ART crinkle ribbon

  9. What an amazing project, and wonderful keepsake for the kids! Thanks for joining us at FCCB this week, and hope to see you again!
    DT Karla

  10. Wow, I would love to have the dimensions of this project. So cute.