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post #1 of 11 Old 10-29-2015, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Very proud mommy of a horse crazy little girl!

Hello...

Previously I posted a thread about my little girl of 3.5 years old having a bad fall on her second lesson. Since then we found the perfect yard and her confidence grew with every lesson. She is now getting impatient with the pony walks and she wants to trot!

Saturday she had her very first training show at the yard she takes lessons at. Her instructor entered her in the walk/trot class. At only 3.5 years old she was by far the youngest - the other riders were between ages 8 and 15. There were 9 riders who competed in this class... and my girl got a 3rd place!!!

She fell asleep that night still holding her rosette. Obviously she wants to spend every second with Pepper (her lesson pony) now, but I don't mind.

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post #2 of 11 Old 10-29-2015, 03:26 PM
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I see you are in South Africa, I didn't know children younger than 7 were safe to ride a horse especially in a show.

I'm glad she got past her fall

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post #3 of 11 Old 10-29-2015, 04:54 PM
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Quote/I see you are in South Africa, I didn't know children younger than 7 were safe to ride a horse especially in a show./Quote

Sky, I'm in South Africa too and you are mostly right. Most riding schools will not take children younger than 7 years. However, if you ask, some will start younger.

My sister started at 6, and I have also had a few students start at 6. My youngest was 4 when he started. Of course, parents do have to understand that instruction at this stage is very basic. But, it is done.

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post #4 of 11 Old 10-30-2015, 07:19 AM Thread Starter
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The youngest rider at my daughter's riding school is 18 months old! Obviously she doesn't ride in any shows... and I have to add that the occupational therapist suggested horse riding as well - my daughter as slight knock knees.
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post #5 of 11 Old 10-30-2015, 10:42 AM
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I hope she was on a lead rein.

In the UK there are lead rein classes where (mostly) ponies are 12.2 and under and children 7 years and under.

These children are on a lead rein led by a person on foot.

I will also say that I have had 18 month babies want to ride and they have had a sit on a pony and a short lead around would never say it is a lesson nor would I take a 3.5 yr old for a lesson, only for a pony ride which might include short jog trots.
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post #6 of 11 Old 10-30-2015, 07:16 PM
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I know someone with a 4 year old that barrel races her pony. Kid classes of course, but she doesn't just walk trot the barrels; she lopes. She recently had to get a pony upgrade because she was riding beyond the ability of her starter. Her family is in the horse business; her parents are trainers and farriers.

My 4 year old does not listen to direction and will not be alone on a horse until he can. My trainer works with 4 year olds and has offered to start my youngest, but he just doesn't have the emotional maturity for it. My oldest could have started at 4, but we didn't have the means for lessons. He started riding at 7.

I'm in the states. It's not common for kids to be entered in shows that young for anything but lead line around here, but it does happen. Especially for kids in families that are very involved in horses. Is it a good idea? I don't know, but if my kids could ride like her kids you'd better believe they'd be showing. Her 9 year old is training horses now...
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post #7 of 11 Old 11-11-2015, 03:45 AM Thread Starter
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She was indeed on a lead line... and it was only a training show. Horses didn't need to be plaited or turned out. Regardless... I am very proud of her. We have another show coming up end of November. We have a couple of Friesians entered and her instructor said she should enter the lead line class again. Unfortunately we do not have a Friesian I am comfortable enough for her to ride.
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post #8 of 11 Old 11-11-2015, 04:42 AM
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Well I apologize if I came across as anything other than supportive. I'm a huge worrier and it tainted my post

:) Let her know I am very happy that she had such a great time at her first show and that she has many more in store.

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post #9 of 11 Old 11-11-2015, 05:41 AM
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That's brilliant!

In Germany we have a "competition" where the super young kids get thrown up in to the saddles of their parents competition horses, on the lead rein, and are taken around the school. These kids love it, but I'm not sure I'd be hanging on to a very fit, bouncing 17.2hh creature that has just done a 1.4m course and raring for more!
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-11-2015, 06:06 AM
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So glad she overcame her fall and had a great time.
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