May Flowers -Obstacle Challenge

May Flowers Obstacles

  • Through the garden “gate”
    • Set up poles to form a U bend shaped gate into the garden.
    • Use poles, planks lines of small cones etc to make the shape
    • Walk your horse through the U bend without touching a pole.
  • Around the Maypole
    • Attach a rope, tape or ribbon to a pole, barrel or some solid object at a height of approximately 1-1.2m/3-4ft
    • The rope/tape/ribbon should be between 2-3m/7-10ft approx. in length.
    • Pick up the rope and walk a full circle around your Maypole
  • Ooops don’t step on the flowers
    • Place two poles on the ground approximately 1m / 3ft apart.  The poles should be approx. 3m / 10ft in length.  (Pieces of timber or a line of bricks can be used for this challenge also.
    • Set up a marker (Small cone, empty milk carton, lead rope) just at the edge of your poles and approximately 1.2m / 4ft from the start.
    • Walk your horse forward between the poles until their hind legs are just beyond your marker.  Imagine the ‘flower bed’ is just beyond their front feet
    • Have your horse back up, while staying between the poles, all the way out.
  • Under a branch
    • If you have a natural branch at about the height of your horse’s ears, then great!
    • Or set up a ‘branch’ using a lightweight pole on jump stands at the height of your horse’s ears. 
    • Walk under the branch with your horse.
    • Riders can set/pick a height which means they have to duck right down onto the horse’s neck
  • Smell the flowers
    • Set up a line of 5 “flowers” at about horse nose height – you can attach them to a fence or stick them in cones.  They should each be approximately 1m/1yd apart
    • Walk/ride up to each flower and have your horse “sniff” it before moving on to the next one.
  • Draw a flower with hoofprints
    • Set up a circle of 6 cones equally spaced and approximately 6-8m/7-9yds in diameter
    • Start in the centre
    • Walk out and around each cone to form a petal, passing through the centre of the circle each time – Dodgy artwork to, hopefully, clarify.
  • Admire the flowers in the garden
    • From a height.
    • Time to make a pedestal for your horse to put his front feet on, so he/she can admire the flowers. 
      • You can use a tyre filled with sand or earth, (Garages that replace tyres will be delighted to give them away). 
      • Another option is a pallet topped with a piece of solid wood (ideal for getting 4 feet on later)
      • Lots of other ideas for buying or making a pedestal on the internet.  Most importantly, it should be strong enough to take your horses weight.
    • Have your horse stand with both front feet on the pedestal for a count of 3 seconds.