Does your little one want to start horse riding lessons? Not sure where to start? Here are five tips that will help you decide if it’s right for your child, and how to pick the best riding school…
Make sure that your child is ready
Horse riding is an expensive hobby, there’s no getting away from that. It’s also one which requires a lot of skill and concentration. So it’s really important that you make sure your child has a genuine interest and is ready to start learning. Many riding schools will take children as young as four or five, but you know your child best and only you know whether they are ready for it. You may decide that it’s best to wait for a year or two.
Do lots of research
You need to make sure that you find a good reputable riding school. Do a little online research, talk to other parents who’s children go horse riding and read through reviews. Most local riding schools will have a Facebook page where you should easily be able to see their customer feedback. This is incredibly important, don’t be tempted to just go with the closest riding school because it might not be the best one for your child.
Visit the stables
Leading on from my last point, when you think that you’ve found a good riding school, go and visit. Ask if you can visit while a lesson is going on, this will allow you to see how the instructor is with the children and how they respond. You may also be able to visit some of the horses, this is a good way to introduce your son or daughter to horse riding and see whether they really are ready to start lessons.
Learn how to care for horses
It’s very important that if a child is going to be learning how to ride a horse, that they understand horse behaviour and how to care for them. There are lots of books available that are suitable for young children, as well as online resources that your child can learn a lot from. Horse feed brand Spillers have a fantastic website and blog, which offers lots of information on horses and how best to care for them.
Make sure you have the right equipment
When you have covered all of the above points and you are ready for your child to start their horse riding lessons, the last thing to do is to make sure you have all the correct equipment. Many riding schools will have equipment for the children to use, but it’s worth checking with them first. You might decide to invest in some proper riding clothing for your child. Although they can usually wear their normal clothing, jodhpurs are a good ideas as the suede knee patches will help prevent against wearing.
Have you taken your child horse riding yet? Is there anything else you would add to this list?
Thank you for reading.
*Disclaimer – This is a collaborative post*