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        07-20-2011, 04:51 PM
      #11
    Foal
    If you have a friend that is really good with horses let her give her lessons that's what I did
         
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        07-31-2011, 01:09 PM
      #12
    Foal
    My local shows have a few 6 & under classes and some 8 & under classes. You do not have to lease a horse. You can rent one. You should lease if she gets really into shows. I train once a week and did my first show after six lessons. It depends the cost for a trainer but mine costs $35. Hope this helped :)
         
        08-03-2011, 10:36 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    I would suggest she start off with dressage to get her core balance and base. Then, if she wants to jump or whatever. It will seem boring at first, but she'll understand later, the importance of it all.

    My trainer, is very hands on and personal with her students. She's close to all her clients, and she comes to almost all my horse shows, not because we asked her too, but because she wants too. It's a close but professional relashionship. That's what I really like about it.

    I didn't want to start showing. It intimidated me. Now, I love it, and it's what I do. It just took me a while. She may be like that, or she may want to jump into the leadline classes at the first chance. Don't pressure her. You want it to be fun instead of negative. You may want to check out a couple of local trainers, and ask what horses she would most likely be riding, see them, etc.

    My advice- don't be the stereotypical "soccer mom" or the, mom who is more interested in winning than the kid is. Showing should be fun, and if she wants to do it, let her.

    My dressage trainer charges $25 for an hour, my jumping trainer $25 with your own horse, $40 with a lesson horse, and my main trainer $50 for an hour, but she always gives me close to two hours, for the same price. I get what I pay for. Since I have my own horse, I also often just go over to her place, not for a lesson but to ride around with her and her place to take my horse somewhere different.
         
        08-03-2011, 10:52 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Thanks for all the advice and I know what you mean about pushy parents, I watched a pageant show last week where a mom had to walk beside her son while holding his hand. I told my husband that we had to promise each other to never force our kids into anything (sports,pageants, etc) like that. On the other hand, I don't think I could really push her into anything she didn't want to do , lol.
         
        08-12-2011, 10:06 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Lol, being around horses all my life at 6 years old I was setting jumps for my mom and being her eyes on the ground. I was showing/ riding but being on the ground I couldn't do much but say the basics when I saw them "shoulders!" "hands!" "heels!" and the occasional "look! Ride! Listen!" haha. So yes, at six you can be plenty proficient and learn a LOT about the horse world/horses :)
         

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