Ok I have ridden since I could walk off and on through my life. I have a very protective mom who I believe scared me more then she should have by being to protective and it hindered me being able to be confident and advance in my ridding but that's not the question. Now my daughter rides and she is 7 She has been ridding for a year and has her own very good pony ( not bomb proof )
I feel that she should be able to start cantering and if she wants to do some small jumps once she is ready ( she wants to jump and do barrels) I also feel like if she falls its ok and she will learn from it . I am always in the areana with her and am never more then a few feet away. My mother on the other hand thinks it is way to young that she is not strong enough to fully control the horse if something spooks her and that she needs to wait.
So after this long story the question is when did you or do you let a child start cantering and or jumping ( signs you looked for to know there ready )