Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Australia, Queensland
I used to help teach little kids the basics of grooming tacking up and safety on the ground. Try and make it fun but also keep a big eye on her. I've noticed little kids want to do what happens on saddle club and go as fast as they can and they think ponies are the safest cutest things in the world, hell some kids will kick the horses gut to try to get it to go faster when your leading it.
When we got new kids at the club wed start by giving a few rules such as if we say something listen, no yelling, screaming or running near the horses. Then wed have someone experienced go into the stall with them and take a grooming kit in there and get them to use the brushes in order, show them where to brush, how to act around the horse and go from there. First few lessons we'd tack the pony first but then begin to teach them slowly over time. Another thing always keep an eye on the kid, its crazy what some little girls will do, especially for attention.
We had this little girl get on this thorougbred, she was supposed to walk him to the other side of the arena, but she decided to kick him up and he bolted with her. She was very lucky she didnt fall off that day and was very scary, got in a lot of trouble to. So don't underestimate them.
I've also seen a girl who started riding like the movie 'flicka', hands in the air, ripping at the horses mouth to get him to stop because doing sudden yanks on the mouth dramatically really aweosme to see in movies. When the horse didnt walk forward she whacked him with the reins. That day I grabbed the reins and told her to leave the arena. She never understood why she just thought I was being mean.
So just be careful and if you can get insurance or the family to sign something saying any harm to the child is considered the familys problem and I will not be held liable due to the fact we are handling animals or somethin like that would be very wise!
Horseriding- The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.