This combined driving instructor interview is the first video in a series of educational videos intended to teach kids about different horse sports. I’m not an “in front of the camera” type of person, so please excuse my terrified expression. 😉 For the video series, I ask each horse sport instructor the same 7 or 8 questions in an interview format and then do a little hands on learning as a way to help to expose a whole new generation of kids to different horse sports in 4-5 minute long informational videos.
We are excited about a new way to create custom horse lover gifts and equestrian theme products with Zazzle! Zazzle is a huge print on demand website that allows designers to create and sell custom products with their designs, and enables customers to personalize those products and purchase them. We have created many items with Allpony illustrations as well as new equestrian theme designs that you will be able to add the background of your choice to and see the products with your pattern choice.
Short stirrup is an important division for young riders. For many, it’s their first time showing over straight rail fences. The jumps can have fill and width, and the courses start to get more complicated. It can be a nerve-wracking step up for a young equestrian!
I remember playing with my collection of My Little Ponies and combing their brightly colored manes and tails. They came with accessories such as sun hats, saddles and trophies, they smelled delicious almost like a fruity baby powder, and had the friendliest features.
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This paper craft activity allows kids to create their own Christmas pony pulling a carriage full of gifts for the holidays. Simply download the PDF, print it out on your home printer, cut it out and attach the top together with glue, tape or staples to make the pony stand up on its own. Makes a great holiday decoration that kids can create on their own!
Allpony is pleased to announce that the Horses & Ponies Activity Book has been honored with a 2018 Academics’ Choice Smart Book Award, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for the best mind-building media and toys. The independent Academics’ Choice Awards program and its seal of excellence are recognized worldwide by consumers and educational institutions as a mark of genuinely effective learning tools that stimulate the mind, and provide potential for the student to fully develop higher order thinking skills.
Thank you to Amy Resch Barker of Matthew’s Promise Farm for taking the time to answer my questions about carriage driving. She is the first interview in an informational series I am creating to introduce kids to different horse sports through the Allpony website, blog posts, social media and a new activity book!
Amy teaches children and adults how to drive horse and pony drawn carriages, and rehabs and trains rescue horses, ponies, and mules to be driving companions. I found her story to be inspiring and I hope you do too! Continue Reading…
If you live near central NC, join us Wednesday, November 14 from 2 – 6pm for a J.McLaughlin shopping event that benefits Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program! I’ll be there selling the Horses & Ponies Activity Book with 15% of all sales going back to this wonderful organization. Helping Horse has provided therapeutic horseback riding lessons to individuals with special needs in the Raleigh, NC area since 1989. They provide their riders the opportunity to reach their full potential and experience joy through connections with horses and volunteers. J.McLaughlin is a clothing store that has high quality apparel with an equestrian twist. I’m a fan of both Helping Horse and J.McLaughlin, and I hope you can join us at this event! Continue Reading…
If you have a youngster who is crazy for everything “horsey” and whose heart beats faster just thinking about the next pony ride, then the Horses & Ponies Activity Book: Introduction to Horses & Horseback Riding by Susan DiFelice is for you. Even children only mildly interested in horses will find plenty of fun things to engage them. The book is illustrated in full color. Topics include riding safety, grooming, types of tack, parts of bridles and saddles, parts of the horse, horse and pony terms, coat colors, face and leg markings, gaits, horse sports, horse and pony breeds, and even how to tie a quick release knot. DiFelice, a lifelong rider herself, wrote the book based on the horsemanship lessons she taught her own children. Continue reading…