Originally Posted by saint3meg3rlfc
I think it's up to the child to a point but it's also that parents responsibility to assess if the child is ready.
We have a girl who my coach used to teach. She can't have been any older than six. She wanted to ride but the mum didn't acknowledge that she wasn't emotionally ready. It took us ages to get this kid even on the horse. Most kids go through a "pony" phase but it's up to the parents to decipher if their child is ready.
Well said, to many parents cave to the cries of "I want a pony"