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Riding stick horses

As Ngema says boys would ride sticks and pretend as if these are horses. They would gallop around like real horses.

The person consulted

The researcher spoke to Mr. A Ngema about this game.

Who play this game?

This game is played by boys from 4 years of age upwards.

What is used to play this game?

This game is played using long sticks.

When is this game played?

This game is played during the day if it is not raining throughout the year.

Where is this game played?

This game is played in a cleared spot where boys would be able to run around freely.

How is this game played?

Each boy would bring his long stick and ride it as his horse. Boys would line up, each one on his horse. They would then race a set area galloping like horses. The one who finishes the race first becomes the winner although there was no prize given.

One of the boys would referee the race so that they all start at the same time. Races would be held according to the age groups of the boys or according to their length.

Custom associated with this game

Riding horses is an old African tradition. Heads of families and rich people rode horses.


From a Masters dissertation by Victoria Mkhize for the School of IsiZulu, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Supervised by Professors P.J. Zungu and V. Prabhakaran.