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post #11 of 16 Old 07-29-2013, 01:51 AM Thread Starter
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My nine year old started lessons a couple of months ago too. Think we are up to eight lessons now. She can trot her school horse around the arena, around obstacles and over trot poles. She's learnt hunter seat and sitting trot too. Hasn't cantered yet but is keen to give it a go!

What I like though is that her horsemanship has come along in leaps and bounds. From knowing nothing, she can now saddle up, adjust her stirrups, rug the pony and care for her gear. She has also been taught the names for parts of the horse, about sand and colic, and worms etc. She's also been taught how to do some ground work and a few random things like how to re-gain a lost stirrup at walk and trot...

I'm a little surprised she hasn't been taught to canter yet, but I'm sure it will come in time :)

Muriel, did your daughter have any horse knowledge before her lessons? What else will she be getting taught?
No she had no horse knowledge at all. She had only been on a Mule at her grandma's once before and it was led. My daughter is a very timid sweet girl. In her first lesson she was worried that if she stepped in the stirrup to swing her leg over, she would make the horse fall over. And kicking the horse to get him to go ... well that took a leap of faith on her part that it wouldn't hurt!

Kate has watched me and she really wants to keep up with me ... I have ridden before but am taking lessons just to make sure I am doing it right. She sees me do stuff and then she turns around and tells her instructor she wants to do something she saw me do. Kate has walked and trotted threw cones and over poles. Her trainer talks to her constinantly about the parts of the horses body and what each do, while she is riding. The trainer seems to have a great reporte with Kate and knows when to add something more to her training. Each session, Kate has walked away with a look of pure amazement and pride in her growing abilities. I am just tickled pink that she is enjoying it so much.

When we go to the stable, she has to stop by each time and say hi to her lesson horse. I will try and take a picture of her and post it here.
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post #12 of 16 Old 07-29-2013, 03:10 AM
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That's awesome :)

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post #13 of 16 Old 07-29-2013, 11:27 PM
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Sounds like she's having an awesome time :)
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post #14 of 16 Old 07-30-2013, 07:01 PM
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A big key to her success is her instructor. Sounds like she is making it a fun and educational experience for your daughter. Best of luck.
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post #15 of 16 Old 07-30-2013, 07:36 PM
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I am so dang proud of my 9 year old daughter. She had her second lesson today and got her lesson horse trotting and running cones. Wow!!

These lessons are really boosting her self esteem and giving her some self confidence that she tends to lack. I am so thankful she gave it a try and is excited about continuing it.

that's great! I have no doubt in my mind she's going to learn and grow and be a little shower before you know it.
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post #16 of 16 Old 07-31-2013, 12:15 PM
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Sounds great :). I would love to see pictures she sounds like a sweetie :). I agree that the instructor sounds like a good match for her.
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