I was wondering if anyone has been riding since the could walk or even sit up? How old were you when you sat on your first horse? Did your parents lead you around or did they ride with you up in the saddle with them?
I've put my two year old on my horses & friends horses. She was probably a month after two (25 months old) when I let her. We just plop her in a kiddie saddle (10", the most adorable thing ever) and lead the horse. She doesn't stay on long. I think the longest she's ridden was a straight 5 minutes. But, I also let her sit up on the horses bareback while I lead. And occasionally, at my friends barn - she just hopped on a horse for a short minute in a teenagers saddle.
I think my daughter prefers her quad though, cos she can stay on that for almost an hour without being bored.
Before for me, too. I've seen pictures of me less than a year old sitting in the saddle in front of my dad. At age three I got my first pony and when I was 12 my parents bought me a 2 yr. Old appy who I just lost last year. (Yes, they bought a 12 yr. Old a 2 yr. Old. )
We often put my youngest sister (3) on our little pony's back for a ride. We've been doing this ever since she was old enough to sit. Of course, we would stand next to her and hold her as she isn't very balanced and could easily fall!
Yes, We have pics of me at about 5 months of age, sat with my mum on her pony, they then brought me my first pony when I was 3 years old, unfortunately she died when I was 18. Even though that was some 13 years ago, a day doesn't go by when I don't think of her.
I've been letting my 1 year old ride some and she did her first lead line class at a fun show. We don't let her ride alone we walk next to her and are prepared to grab if any issues come up. She loves to ride, and been sitting in saddles since she could climb in one. (we have one we keep in the house) I plan to buy her a mini for christmas and kids saddle and I finally found a helmet small enough for her. What does scare me is my husband wants to ride with him on the horse, and I'm just not sure that is that safe. It's one thing to lead a horse with someone walking next to her that can grab her at any moment off the horse if necessary. I'm thinking getting the mini will be a little more safe for her to get to know. I want her to learn how to brush, pet, lead it, and sit on it. Did anyone else have a small pony or mini when they were really young?
Im pretty sure I was riding before I could walk lol dad used to take me for rides often until I was big enough to sit in the saddle and hold on myself. I vaguely remember the first day dad said to me 'right now love, pull right to go right, pull left to go left, pull back both to stop and for christs sake girl if the horse takes off, hold on!!!' lol I believe I was about 3 or 4 but I can't check on that because dad has passed on now. Mum can't remember anything to save her life either lol