what age is appropriate for beginning riding lessons?
I know some of you on here are instructors and some of you have children, what age do you think a child should begin lessons?
I have a 3yr old granddaughter that started lessons in March and after being present for a few of them I'm kinda thinking that we're paying for a pony ride and I can do as much or more with her at home at this age. She has a horse, Judy Judy Big Ears, a standardbred 20yr old mare, and she has a new pony who needs more training and experience and she's been riding Judy at home on a leadline,mostly at a walk and I'll have her ride with her arms stretched up not holding onto anything, walk down into a shallow roadside ditch and back up out of it.I want her to feel the horses movement and relax and move with her.
As for her lessons she does love Miss Kim and she loves being at her barn, sheep,goats,horses,baby pigs and bunnies. Kim came highly recommended and she holds the Little Buckaroo Rodeos at her place,she does lessons,training, summer day camps and recently has certified and begun therapeutic riding programs.
Chloe's lessons have usually been on leadline,started with Kim and on barn lesson pony. The last month or two Kim is always handing her off to go talk to someone else that just came up or has something else she has to stop and do with a horse right then and so her assistant, a teenage guy, Chloe doesn't like, or her neice that's visiting her, and the girl turned her loose on the lesson pony and ponies being ponies he did the run a way thing and off the side she went. Not really injured,just scrapes,and I know if you ride you'll fall sooner or later and now Chloe's scared if the pony or horse speed up at all.
I'm thinking we should just stop the lessons for now.
She could still go for the day thing where they ride the ponies, do crafts, watch movies or do pony painting. I really think I can do as much teaching at home with her at this age and when she's older and more attentive we can start again.
What are your thoughts on children this young taking lessons? Appreciate any input and any suggestions for at home games to learn on Judy.