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Challenges: Stuff Happens

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Stuff Happens

Stuff Happens Cards use real-life stories to make lessons unforgettable! These small-but-mighty discussion scenarios help your students remember and apply safety rules and procedures to common horsey problems.

Scroll down to learn more about our Stuff Happens Card sets, then use this button to quickly find the resources you need.

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If you've spent enough time
around horses, you get it.

You know there are good reasons for doing all the horsey things correctly.

You also know a few horror stories: somebody didn’t understand an underlying risk and the result was not good.

Maybe downright dangerous.

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So you teach the importance of safety rules to every student. And you pray that they remember them, because at the end of the day, you want everyone to go home safe and happy — including your hard-working school horses!

That's why we created Stuff Happens cards: memorable little scenarios that can help you teach safety rules, critical thinking, and ... well, horse sense!

Each card has a situation to discuss with students:

And yes, most of these scenarios are based on real-life experiences.

Flip a card to see how they work!

hover/tap each card to see the reverse side

You’re almost finished tacking up for your lesson when you realize you’d better hit the bathroom before you ride. You’ve already put on your pony’s bridle, so you just loop the reins around the fence post before you run into the tack room. After all, that’s how they do it in the movies.
You and your horse Boo are trail riding when Boo spooks at a stray dog. Your girth is loose, so you find yourself doing an unscheduled emergency dismount, landing on a nest of yellow jackets. You sprain your wrist trying to escape the enraged wasps - and the wasps take their revenge on poor Boo.
You have a 3-horse Exiss bumper pull trailer with a GVW of 3200 lbs. Your three horses weigh 1020 lbs, 954 lbs, and 1196 lbs, respectively. You want to haul with your mid-sized SUV, which has a tow package that is rated up to 7000 lbs.
You had 4 chili dogs with extra onions, a pretzel, a basket of greasy fries, a Coke, and two Milky Way bars for lunch. As you’re tacking up for your next class, you suddenly don’t feel so hot.

Each Learning Level has several sets of Stuff Happens Cards, with 12-20 cards per set. Use them in discussions that prepare students for life with horses — both in and out of the saddle!

And because life with students also has its moments... get a Stuff Happens While Instructing card set when you subscribe to our free newsletter.

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We’ve been blessed with many talented photographers over the years: students who voluntarily stood in sweltering/ freezing arenas, capturing lifelong memories of lessons, camps and shows. We’re grateful to all of them!

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