Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
It's not the falling that is dangerous, it is the dangerous horses who some fool has chosen to use as lesson horses. MY own horses WERE my lesson horses. I knew that they wouldn't spook OR buck OR rear OR run off with a rider in an arena.
It is problematic. Children and teenagers often come to riding lessons after they've whooped it up running a rental horse. They complain that taking it slow is boring and they want to progress too quickly.
I could trust my horses when my family trailered them out West for our own riding vacations. Yes, we had a few falls, but no rodeo on the trails.
If you own a babysitter horse, that is the best horse to use to teach children's lessons. Beyond that, I still like the lesson program I took, Hunt Seat to Jumping, bc we progressed at a rate that made us sore even when boring. To prepare to jump every week we posted without stirrups 3x around the ring/each rein. Lots of 2-point, too. Lots of riding without stirrups, and transitions between and within gaits and monitoring your space between the rider in back and the rider in front. It was almost like a drill team. We even had a "Mock Fox Hunt", where we met on a Saturday morning, 6 of us were "Hounds" (I was one), our instructor was the "Fox", and everyone else were the "Hunters". He rode off ahead of us in the Forest Preserve, and we had to hunt him down. I remember that I found him and chased at the gallop,grabbing two of the ribbons safety-pinned to his back. I gave one to my friend and we both got to pick a gift from the tack shop. I still have the gold horsehead pin, suitable for a Ratcatcher.