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post #11 of 15 Old 06-20-2012, 11:23 PM
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I've given a few beginner lessons to both kids and older teens/adults. Just the basics so they know how to safely handle and ride easy horses. For anyone over about age 10 I start them in English, but it's western for younger kids.

If at anytime someone doesn't listen to what I say they are done for the day. Keeps everyone safer.
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post #12 of 15 Old 06-21-2012, 12:26 AM
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If you are teaching a young kid, and I teach MANY, there shouldn't be put in situations where they might need to hold on. They don't get off the lead until they can effectively stop their horse and post the trot. They don't trot on a lunge line until they can post on the lead line. The don't ride in the big ring until they have mastered the round pen. It's all about safety and knowing when to push and not to push. Do accidents happen, yes. There are plenty of ones that are avoidable though!! You can really hurt a kid psychology by them falling off. The fear can really carry out through a life time. Plus, young kids like that have the attention span of a gnat. Another reason they just shouldn't be free and willy nilly all over the place.

To answer your question I always start my little kids English. It's just easier. The saddles fit better (idk what it is with those **** kids westerns or maybe my barn doesn't have good ones) and the stirrups are easier to adjust. Also you can get an "oh ****" strap across the front incase they maybe feel the need to hold on. As far as learning goes she isn't going to be learning jumping or barrels. Riding should be focused on steering stopping, posting the trot WELL and all over control... You can teach that from any saddle.
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post #13 of 15 Old 06-21-2012, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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Like I said, I am only doing lessons for beginners. I always let the parent(s)/guardian what my expirience is and what I have done so far so they are aware. I am qualified enough for that. You don't know me or what I have done in the past five years, so don't say that. Anyway, thank you guys for all your help! Maybe I will try both and see which one fits with her better. I will be sure to keep her attention on the horse and I. Thanks! :)

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post #14 of 15 Old 06-24-2012, 03:01 PM
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Go slow and make sure they get the basics down before moving on, which I'm sure you know already. You're doing right by making sure she can lead the horse before sending her on her own. Since she's little, keep everything you do safe and be careful about how you push them. Stay positive! Kids can easily get frustrated, especially when things get tough. Combine positive things with things that they are doing wrong. So if they need to work on getting their heels down for example, let them know they are doing a good job at holding their hands steady or looking ahead. My other recommendation is to make it as fun as possible. Mixing things up is good for all of us, human and equines alike regardless of age. Give frequent breaks and don't spend too long on a certain exercise unless you can see they are in the mindset to keep going.

Good luck!
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post #15 of 15 Old 06-26-2012, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you to everyone. I have plenty of expirience to teach basics, I already do to other kids. I start and finish horses. I am not going to do anything stupid. :)

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