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  • Writer's pictureJill Ingram

Is Your Child Ready For Horse Riding Lessons?

Are you considering introducing your child to the world of horseback riding?

The idea of riding majestic horses can be thrilling, but before saddling up, it's essential to ensure your child is prepared for this unique and rewarding experience. Here are six things to consider before signing up your child for their first horse riding lesson-

Age Matters:

   Age is a crucial factor when determining readiness for horseback riding. While some programs accept children as young as two, others may have a minimum age requirement of seven or eight. Assess your child's physical coordination and ability to follow instructions before enrolling them.

At Blue Heron Riding Academy, we offer Rainbow Rider Early Horsemanship Lessons for age 3-7. These 30 minute comprehensive lessons cover grooming, tacking, riding, and horsemanship skills in a fun way to keep the attention of our youngest riders. Students over age 7 can choose to take hour long private lessons or enroll in our group lesson program.

Physical Fitness:

   Horseback riding demands a certain level of physical fitness. A child with good core strength will find it easier to sit upright and maintain stability while riding. Basic exercises like core strengthening can contribute to their readiness for this exciting activity. Other aspects of physical fitness to consider are leg strength, balance and coordination, flexibility, endurance, grip strength, and cardiovascular fitness.

Listening Skills:

Riding involves following instructions carefully. Your child should be able to listen, comprehend, and execute directions from the instructor. Strong listening skills contribute to a safer and more enjoyable riding experience.

Comfort with Animals:

   A positive attitude towards animals is vital for horseback riding. If your child is comfortable around horses and shows an interest in caring for them, it's a good sign they may be ready for lessons.

Patience and Persistence:

   Learning to ride a horse requires patience and persistence. If your child demonstrates a willingness to practice and persevere through challenges, they are more likely to thrive in a riding environment.

Safety Awareness:

   Emphasize the importance of safety gear, rules, and precautions. A responsible and safety-conscious mindset is crucial for both the rider and those around them.

Introductory Sessions:

   Before committing to a full course, consider introductory sessions. Many riding schools offer short trial lessons to assess a child's comfort and interest. It's an excellent way to gauge readiness without a long-term commitment.

Prospective students are always welcome to schedule a Rainbow Riders or private lesson at Blue Heron Riding Academy in order to try the riding lesson experience before committing to a full semester of lessons. Lessons may be booked on our website.

Embarking on horseback riding lessons can be a memorable and enriching experience for your child. By assessing their age, physical readiness, listening skills, comfort with animals, patience, and safety awareness, you can make an informed decision about whether your child is prepared to mount up and explore the world from the back of a horse. As they say, in the world of riding, the journey can be just as important as the destination.

Jill Ingram

Blue Heron Riding Academy

"Teaching more than good lesson at a time."

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