Horse riding for Children
Horses are good for children and parents should be glad of any request that gets their child away from the TV, cell phone, game console or computer! It can be a step towards a lifelong activity that benefits both body and soul.
Riding teaches children in a way that classroom lectures cannot. Through interacting with horses they learn to be thoughtful and gentle, compassionate and empathetic; they learn to be patient. They also learn courage and determination.
The age at which your child starts riding can vary, depending on the child's size and maturity. Generally, however, mostly we require children to be at least six years old before accepting them into a lesson program.
Younger kids can begin with some basic skills and can enjoy a ‘pony’ ride. This makes them slowly learn how to act and feel safe and happy around the animals. It is important that the way in which your child is introduced to ponies and riding may remain an influence well into his or her adult life.
A safe, fun experience will probably result in a life-long love of horses and riding, but one scare can put a child off for life. It is, therefore, essential to ensure that the first equestrian experience is both safe and enjoyable.
Young children may not have the physical strength and dexterity to manage a horse completely on their own. Older children will probably progress fast , to riding by themselves within a few lessons. Very keen children may feel they are being held back, but trust the coach’s instincts. You’ll want your child to feel successful, but the coach will know what is safe.
Let's give children the opportunty to interact with horses and learn from their personal experience!