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post #1 of 13 Old 01-11-2012, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Kiddos and horses

At what age did you have your kids up and riding?

My son is 1 tomorrow. He was up on a horse at 10 months but was TERRIFIED! Lol
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-11-2012, 05:44 PM
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I have had my cousins and neices and nephews riding with help as young as 7 months. But I also had 2 people walking the sides lol... but I don't allow by themselves with only lead rope until 3/4 then around 5/6 I start letting them go on lunge then by 8 ish the start by themselves in pen of course. So far it has been working no one is rushed and everyone and the horses is comfortable :)
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post #3 of 13 Old 01-11-2012, 05:47 PM
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I started my daughter as soon as she showed interest. Around two she started banging on the door hollering horsey!!!! When I went out to feed. It was kinda my alone time... So after that I would always pull out my 24 year old gelding and give her bareback pony rides. She's now 6 going on 7 and she rides all the time!
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I worked at a therapeutic riding center and the youngest client we would take was a 2-3 year old. They have to be aware and in control of their limbs, especially when grooming horses. They have to understand emotions and feelings (the beginning of it) so they know to be calm around the horse or at least try their best.
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post #5 of 13 Old 01-11-2012, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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I should probably add that he was in a baby bjorn and I was wearing him. I really thought he'd enjoy it more than he did. Hmm.
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post #6 of 13 Old 01-11-2012, 06:59 PM
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I first introduced my daughter to my horses at the Age of 6 months. She has been coming out to do horse course since then. She loves her horses and has been on them a few times but the size of them scare her. So hopefully for her b day this year (she'll be turning 4) she gets her own pony!
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My daughter was little, she rode with me before she was walking. She got her pony at 4, she sold him this year because she would rather ride my old mare. Stubborn ponies don't handle like a retired reining horse She will be 7 this summer and rides 3 or 4 days a week with me.
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post #8 of 13 Old 01-11-2012, 07:15 PM
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My kids are 2, 4, and 7, and are around horses all the time, but riding not so much. They ask sometimes, but if I can change the subject, I do. I'm just not ready to worry about them yet. I'm still figuring things out myself and am not quite over my own nerves. It is something I would like them to be interested in though, so maybe this summer, if they show enough interest, they can start taking lessons with their cousins. The 4 and 7 year old at least.
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post #10 of 13 Old 01-11-2012, 10:19 PM
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My kids are 2, 4, and 7, and are around horses all the time, but riding not so much. They ask sometimes, but if I can change the subject, I do. I'm just not ready to worry about them yet. I'm still figuring things out myself and am not quite over my own nerves. It is something I would like them to be interested in though, so maybe this summer, if they show enough interest, they can start taking lessons with their cousins. The 4 and 7 year old at least.
Wow, what a respectable responsible parent.. looking out for your kiddos :) That's wonderful.
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