Is she too young? Wasting money?
My name is Amanda. I grew up in NYC and had virtually zero exposure to horses growing up. I don't know anything about them.
I currently live in MO and have a daughter who is about to turn 5. She LOVES horses and animals of all kinds. Recently there was a groupon deal for horseback riding and I purchased a pack of 3 lessons for my daughter as something fun to do.
The instructor was very kind and had great rapport with my daughter. She told me that she usually starts teaching kids who are 7y/o, but that my daughter had a great attention span and was able to listen and pay attention better than some 7y/o's she teaches. The first lesson my daughter learned about grooming- she basically just brushed the horses and used a hoof pick with assistance. The second lesson was review of grooming and leading the horse around the barn on a rope. The third lesson my daughter got on the horse and rode around the barn with the instructor at her side. My daughter LOVED all of the lessons.
My reservation is that I am pretty much working class, and lessons seem expensive for a kid so young. I am willing to sacrifice on something enriching, but don't really understand how much a 5y/o can get out of lessons. She does love being there, and the instructor seems impressed by her focus and thinks it's "in her blood."
Do you think it's better to hold off on lessons til she is older? Is that a better use of limited funds? Do 5yo's really gain much from formal lessons?
Sorry so long!