Anyone can enjoy riding a horse. However, if you want your kid to ride on their own, we recommend that they should be seven or older. Younger children may not have the kind of strength and attention span that is required in horse riding. More tips on how to safely teach your kids horse riding are below for your review:
Equipment You will Need
Safety is a very important factor when it comes to horse riding. First of all, you will need to equip your child with an ASTM approved helmet. You can either borrow from an individual who owns one or you can lend or rent from a stable. You will also need boots with a sole and a pair of comfortable pants with a bit of stretch. As your kid progresses with training, you can purchase other items like a riding crop, breeches, gloves, riding boots, a saddle pad, a grooming kit, and a lead shank.
Get a Good Instructor and Stable
While instructors and qualifications vary widely, finding a good riding school can be an exhaustive task. In addition to experience, look out for instructors that have also attained formal coaching levels. Again, it's very important that you take your child to a stable where they can watch a lesson being performed on a learner. Make use of the Internet to do research and help you find a good riding school. Check sites like Yellow Pages for "Riding Academies" and follow up your online research with phone calls and in person visits.
English vs. Western riding
While English riding focuses on eventing, jumping, polo, dressage and horse racing, Western riding has a larger saddle and horn and mostly involves endurance riding, reining and rodeo disciplines that are historically connected to their development in working ranches. Although there may be some major distinctions in both equipment and apparel between the two riding styles, they also have some clear similarities. For instance, both require the rider to use a solid seat with their hips and shoulders stably balanced over the feet, and hands independent of the rider’s seat in order to avoid jerking the horse’s mouth and negatively affecting its performance.
Most riding schools will try to suit various levels of budgets and skills by organizing their lessons in varieties of groups, semi-private and private categories. Consequently, prices will also vary. It is, therefore, important to do a thorough research for the best riding instructors in terms of their qualifications and teaching experience. Other factors to consider include the temperament of the horses involved and the riding school’s safety record.
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