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post #1 of 6 Old 01-17-2012, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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Ideas on starting to ride.

Hi, im thinking of teaching my sister to ride but she is weary of my horse. He is a safe as a nun.
Could you tell me some activites that you would do in a lesson and how you would make her feel safe on the pony please. Nothing to advance just lots of little FUN things to make it an exciting time down the yard fun being the key word but also safe.
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-22-2012, 07:05 PM
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How old is your sister?

If she is elementary age I would suggest giving her books with lots of pictures and fun facts. Give her tests on the horse's body parts (poll, withers, barrel, frog) get her to point them out as you call them out. Give her rewards when she learns new things like picking the type of lesson she has (western, english, bareback).

Let her learn from the beginning how to groom and tack up a horse. This is the most important thing of horse back riding and I think everyone should know how to do so.

Start her out on a lunge line with the halter just so she can get the feel of the horse's movements and then later you can let her ride with the bridle.

And don't forget to teach her all about safety!!

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I really like Caper's way of letting her get to know your horse on the ground first. Grooming is a great way to bond and teach safety and once she learns how to pick feet, she'll be feeling pretty good!

I'm sure she'll be scared in the saddle the first time and as most people do, tend to curl forward. Just lead her around and have her do little things like hold her arms out to her side. It'll help her to sit tall in the saddle. You can have her reach up, arms out to the sides, twist at the waist, back to center. Do it from a stand still, then a walk. The more she see's that she can move around up there, keep her seat and make sure you keep her talking, it'll relax her and help her to breathe, the more relaxed and confident she'll be.

There's a ton of things to do like this, all teaching confidence, balance and feel of the horse. How old is she and how large is the horse?
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How old is your sister?

If she is elementary age I would suggest giving her books with lots of pictures and fun facts. Give her tests on the horse's body parts (poll, withers, barrel, frog) get her to point them out as you call them out. Give her rewards when she learns new things like picking the type of lesson she has (western, english, bareback).

Let her learn from the beginning how to groom and tack up a horse. This is the most important thing of horse back riding and I think everyone should know how to do so.

Start her out on a lunge line with the halter just so she can get the feel of the horse's movements and then later you can let her ride with the bridle.

And don't forget to teach her all about safety!!
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I have to agree with letting her get used to the horse from the ground first. And don't be in a hurry about trying to get her on the horse. You want her confident around him, not rushed.

Help her learn how to groom him, feed him, how to halter and lead him, etc, and when she is ready, and confident on the ground around him then start helping her get ready to ride. If she is not comfortable on the ground around him, she certainly won't be when she gets on.

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post #6 of 6 Old 01-23-2012, 05:08 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys this is really helpful! :)
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