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    04-24-2011, 09:19 PM
We have been doing the lead line for 2 yrs now. At first he didnt want to ride any horse but one at my trainers barn that did not belong to me. Then he warmed up to Ace and is hooked. I think I have a pic donladed in my profile of him. I tried to put it on but it would not let me.
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    05-16-2011, 06:49 PM
Originally Posted by Tasia    
For me, it depends on the childs, expeirence, guts and listening skills. If you don't listen to me your not riding alone or at all.
Agree. I think its the matter of the child, I've seen 14 year olds not be able to ride,nor listen. And seen 4 year olds do amazing jobs!
    05-16-2011, 07:56 PM
Yah I think I am going to go slow with him He likes to ride but it last like ten min. I am working with my horse and getting his verbale comands more solid. I still am nervous about turning his leg loose. Good thing for me my horse is awsome at showmanship so he dose not maind me being behind his jaw while we walk. I will have to get a pic of him and put it on.
    05-16-2011, 08:09 PM
I also agree that it totally depends on the individual child and the individual horse. I was riding on my own by the time I was 4 on my Dad's old roping horse, but I had also been riding on my own for around a year on a 34" tall mini-burro first. That's where I learned my basics before moving up to a real horse. I think, that as long as the child is able to consistently able to get the horse to go, stop, and turn, then he may well be ready to go on his own.

You might start with small steps at first though, like continuing to walk beside but without your hand on his leg. Then walk a little farther away, then a little farther. Make sure that his horse is taking his cues from the kid instead of the person walking beside him, you know?
    05-23-2011, 08:23 PM
You know your child & your horse best. Only let your son ride doing what you feel comfortable with.
Each of us has our own comfort level and with our kids on horses, it's better to listen to ourselves than others.
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    05-24-2011, 12:00 AM
As a mom of 4 I would not be comfortable with it because at 3 their impluse control & attention span is not there! A well trained horse can still have their moments & I wouldnt risk my babies. 6 is a good starter age....but it would still depend on the child in my opinion. Go with your gut if it say not yet....then don't do it. As far as other family..... ask them how they would feel if the baby broke an arm or leg or worse got crushed? Accidents happen.
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    05-24-2011, 10:59 AM
I have told him that he can not ride buy himself till he can ride with me walking beside him for more than 20 min. He usually only last 5 to 10 before he is ready for something else. I have been working on fine tuning Aces ground commands. I think I will let him sit up on Ace as I practice showmanship that will help him learn balance. I might reevaluate next yr.
    05-24-2011, 11:11 AM
I have a child that has been around horses all of their lives. I rode with them at just 6 months old. They rode whenever I did. Now that I am showing my oldest wants to do walk trot with my 5 year old paint mare. Yes I know in general you want the age of the child and the horse to be 20. She has always been really gentle with my boys and takes good care of them when they ride her.

I have just started now letting my oldest one ride. I am giving him lessons so that next year he can show her in walk and trot classes. I still have him on the lunge line but I have just started him riding alone two weeks ago. He can get her to stop, turn, walk, and trot when he tells her to. I have her working off of voice commands and cues from the legs as well.

You know your boy more than anyone else.
    05-24-2011, 11:16 AM
Equus 717 how old is you oldest boy?
    05-24-2011, 11:26 AM
He is 6 years old. My youngest is 4.

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