Introducing Kids to Horses
I have a question about introducing kids to horses. My son has expressed an interest (for about a year now) in having a horse. We live in the country, but have never owned anything bigger than a large dog. I'm not sure we're ready for that type of commitment. I've had him reading a lot about horses, but I don't think that's an adequate way to decide if he's really ready for a horse.
How do I expose him to caring and working with a horse without making the commitment of adding one to our family? If I signed him up for riding lessons at a local stable, will he get an idea there? Maybe I should take lessons as well so that I can help him. (He's only ten.)
Thanks for any advice you might have.
First let me say I think its wonderful that your son has shown an interest in horses. :D
You are taking the right path in getting him some lessons. I think it would be great if you joined him. Horse ownership is a big responsibility and starting him at a stable will get him the knowledge he (and you) needs to make the choice of whether he wants to have his own someday.
At a barn, he will have the opportunity to be around other kids his age with the same interests. I think it will be a lot of fun for him.
yes it would be great if you could join him up at a local riding school. If you took up riding too it would be a great help to him, but even if you didn't, you could be just as helpful by encouraging him from the ground.
Leasing a pony may be an option for you sometime in the future - that way if its just not working, you know that you don't have the huge responsibility of fiding a new home for the pony.
Someone at a local riding school or barn may be able to give you some ideas of whats available in your local community.
Yes, a riding school is a good first step, and if interested later, leasing (there are a lot of 'free leases' right now, at least around here) is a good idea before considering buying. You can even learn a lot by just hanging around a barn and talking/watching...most barn owners/managers wouldn't have a problem with that.
YAY that your son shows on interest!
I would say that the two of you guys taking lesson together would be a great idea! :D
Maybe also put a sign up somewhere near your town asking if anyone would like help with feeding/grooming horse (for free of course) and then bring your son over there and show him what taking care of a horse is all about!
Re: Introducing Kids to Horses
Find a local barn where he can take lessons. There he will learn how to do the basics of caring for a horse. He will be cleaning, brushing and tacking up his own mount.
Not to sound rude, but a single fall from a horse might be more than enough to stop that interest he had for horses.
If he is in a lesson program, has had a few tumbles but still shows that interest and dedication for horses, then I would possibly start looking for an old pony or horse for him :)
You are so full of great ideas!
:) Wow. That is a fantastic collection of ideas for me to work on and think about. I never thought about leasing a pony or a horse to try it out.
I am leaning towards the lessons and probably together. Will keep you tuned in to our progress. Keep that encouragement coming, this is really new for me.
:D I also think taking lessons together would be a great idea...plus, that's a nice bond! :) Good luck, keep us posted.
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