Originally Posted by CountryGirl498
I have a question about introducing kids to horses. My son has expressed an interest (for about a year now) in having a horse. We live in the country, but have never owned anything bigger than a large dog. I'm not sure we're ready for that type of commitment. I've had him reading a lot about horses, but I don't think that's an adequate way to decide if he's really ready for a horse.
How do I expose him to caring and working with a horse without making the commitment of adding one to our family? If I signed him up for riding lessons at a local stable, will he get an idea there? Maybe I should take lessons as well so that I can help him. (He's only ten.)
Thanks for any advice you might have.
Start off with lessons. Find a local barn and get your child involved there. I would not get him a horse because he has an interest. Unfortunately kids go thru phases and it wouldn't be right for you or the horse to go the buying and selling because your child had a short lived interest.
Find a local barn where he can take lessons. There he will learn how to do the basics of caring for a horse. He will be cleaning, brushing and tacking up his own mount.
Not to sound rude, but a single fall from a horse might be more than enough to stop that interest he had for horses.
If he is in a lesson program, has had a few tumbles but still shows that interest and dedication for horses, then I would possibly start looking for an old pony or horse for him :)