Should younger kids lunge their own horse? **An Update**
Back in September I posted a question about lunging and whether it was safe to let my 9 year old lunge her own horse. I received a lot of advice and at that time decided Kitten wasn't ready yet. I thought some folks would be interested in an update..
Last week, my (now 10 year old) daughter looked at me and said, "Mommy, I really need to learn how to do everything myself. What if you can't come to the barn with me?" So, I handed her the lunge line and whip and sat back to watch.
You can tell she's been paying attention. She had all the signals down. Acey wasn't sure at first (she kept looking toward me), but after the 3rd circle, she turned her attention to Kitten.
She still needs a little practice (juggling the lunge and whip takes a little coordination), but she's now lunging her horse by herself every time. I'm so proud and also a little sad. She's growing into quite the equestrian, becoming so independant. She now grooms, bridles and saddles her own horse (minus tightening the girth). She even uses the mounting block rather than a "leg up". Soon, I'll be regulated to the sidelines and won't be able to get my horse fix.
I warned my husband that if I can ever find room in the budget, I am tempted to buy myself a horse, just so I get some quality horse time too. ;)
Thank you again for all your insightful thoughts and opinions. I'm learning that both Kitten and Acey will let me know when they are ready for the next step.
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