Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Wow, that is strict! I used to teach a 3 year old in a private lesson setting, and it was so much fun! We spent 99% of the time walking though, her little head couldn't handle trotting! Anyways, the first thing I did with her was teach her how to handle herself around the pony - this included how to be safe picking out feet, saddling, riding, and giving treats. I still had to keep my eye on her and help her a ton, but she was taught how to do things properly right off the bat.
I would maybe talk to the manager of your barn and suggest an "older kids day" of sorts... it just seems rediculous how strict they are!!
And Vida, that's awesome for being self-taught!! I took regular lessons (at least 1 per week) from the time I was 4 1/2 to around 18...
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