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SHALL YOUNG CHILDREN RIDE?
Julie, I was interested to read about riding for small kids in The Instructor. She is 4 years old and small for her old age but enjoys riding and equestrian. Sitting on a saddle from the moment she could get up, we were taken for a brief riding out by an elder.
As she was two years old, we got her a small child helmet and fitted it well to her face, and someone showed her around while I was teaching her how to keep her rein, proper containment and steeringw. Now that she's an addict, I don't like getting her to stop riding, nor do I want to do dangerous things.
I cannot go so far as to say that there is no danger or that it is a sure thing, but you reduce the risks as much as possible and therefore do it as surely as possible. They are competent and skilled and have seen every path you can check and made the best choices about horses, gear and assistance.
Sadly, not everyone has so much judgement and expertise that you can see why we can't just say: "Sure, it's good for your baby when he's riding, you just keep going. "There are many great teachers who specialise in horse riding and playing with small kids. However, the most crucial is that it is at least one to one and for kids under five years of age there should be at least a two to one adult to kid relationship.
It is even more dangerous for infants and minors under the age of six because of their height and fragility, as well as their poor co-ordination and judgement. Every day we take many chances around the horse. It is important, firstly, that the hazard is a rewarding one, that we benefit in some way; and secondly, that we reduce the hazard as much as possible.
As an example, driving without your own fingers on the rein can be a rewarding venture if certain security concerns are complied with. It would be a senseless venture not to have a finger on the rein if you were to wait for something. When there are no immediate benefits, don't take the chance.
If you take the chance, alleviate it by riding a secure steed, secure the rein, wear a helmet, ride in a limited area, etc... Driving without a rein certainly raises the driver's exposure, but if we look at the possible hazards first, the fact that it makes you a better driver makes you more risky.
Well, I have to admit that my boy began as an infant, well, really as a newbie. But like you, I considered every possible chance. Just the once, when he was about three years old and we meticulously planed his first "trail" round. It is never a good notion to have two persons staple a single animal.......
Certainly enough, whoever of us should put on the harness before we pulled Hunter up did not (and we routine let up the harness the first time we were saddling and waiting until we were willing to secure the rider). I rode my familiar fosterling, who ponies Hunter on his very beautiful older Welsh-Shetland crucifix, directly behind Hunter on my familiar filly, with the eye of an elder on his booty (or should I say on his offspring).
On the way, Hunter squeaked with pleasure and babbled and sang all the way (one of the great pleasures of living is watching a small kid on his first journey as he bubbled over with joy). As I approached our first little mound, I ran my gaze across the bangs to inspect the equipment, and to my dismay there was about two centimetres of sunlight between the harness and the horse's harness.
Save it safely. Virtually five-minute after the completion of this piece, I got a call from a lady who was looking for a steed for her daughters and I was said I might be able to help. As I was further interrogated, I found out that the familiy had never possessed other ponies or really rode than in a stable and that they were looking for a stable for their three-year-old daughters to begin running.
As you can see, CHA has to keep to the principle that infants and youngsters should not be riding!