This drinking game has a number of variations, and is played with everyone sat around in a circle performing actions. The first person to make a mistake must drink 3 fingers.
How to Play
The first player shouts out “Yee-Ha!” and pushes their arm with fist clenched across their body in the direction they wish play to be in. The game then continues, using the following rules:
- A call of “Yee-Ha!” accompanied by the arm and clenched fist pushed in the direction of play moves it on to the next player.
- A call of “Hay Barn!” with both arms raised to resemble a roof above the head means the next player is missed.
- A call of “Hoe Down!” with the opposite arm to the direction of play pulled down as if like a barrier means the direction of play is reversed.
- A call of “Cow Girl!” with both hands cupped as if to cup your own breasts means the direction of play is reversed and a player is missed.
No action and call may be used 3 times in a row. If this happens, the offending player drinks a penalty of 3 fingers, and the phrase “Three in a row” is sung repeatedly as an accompaniment to this.
The game ends when someone makes a mistake of any kind. That person must drink 3 fingers, but gets to start the next round.
Alternative Version: Foreign Language Yee-ha!
At any time in a game of normal Yee-Ha!, a player may say only the first word of the two phrases “Hoe Down!” or “Cow Girl!” – i.e. they can call either “Hoe!” or “Cow!”. At the same time they must still perform the respective action. The direction of play is still changed as if these were said normally, however, the language of the game is now turned to Spanish, and the English phrases are replaced with the following:
- “Yee-Ha!” becomes “Amigo!” if you are passing towards a boy, or “Amiga!” if you are passing towards a girl.
- “Hay Barn!” becomes “Ariba!”
- “Hoe Down!” becomes “Olé!”
- “Cow Girl!” becomes “Tick Beans!”
The game can be sent back into English by using the second half of the corresponding Spanish phrases only. Players can therefore say either “Lé!” or “Beans!”. Again the change in direction occurs as normally for that action.
“Yee-Ha!” and “Hay Barn!” may not be abbreviated to make the game Spanish – only “Hoe Down!” and “Cow Girl!”
Alternative Version: Silent Yee-ha!
This game extends on the rules to add a silent element to the game. As in Foreign Yee-ha!, calling either “Hoe!” or “Cow!” will change the game. When a player makes this call, they must still perform the respective action. The direction of play is still changed as if these were said normally, however, the game is now turned silent and the actions only are subsequently performed.
The game can be made vocal again using the second word in the above two phrases – i.e. by calling either “Down!” or “Girl!”, still performing the actions. Again the change in direction of play occurs as normal, but now the game has been made loud again and calls must be made.