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How to get my Kids into Horse Riding

2 June 2023

Horseback riding is a great way to get some exercise while having fun. Maybe your kids are already horse mad, and can’t wait to get started with riding lessons. Children who ride horses can benefit from improved physical fitness, better coordination, and enhanced self-confidence. But if your children need some encouragement, here are five tips to help get them started.

Attend a horse show

Attending a horse show is a great way to introduce kids to riding. At the event, they’ll have the opportunity to see horses and ponies of all shapes and sizes in action. They’ll be able to meet riders of all levels of experience, from beginners to professional jockeys. Seeing horse riding firsthand can help kids understand how much fun it can be, and it may even inspire them to start taking riding lessons themselves. 

Find a qualified instructor

A qualified instructor can teach children the basics of horse riding safely, which is very important to avoid accidents. A good instructor will know how to properly saddle and bridle a horse and correct common mistakes that beginner riders often make. With the help of a qualified instructor, kids can learn the skills they need to enjoy horse riding while staying safe at the same time.

Ride at a local stable

When you're first starting, it can be daunting to know where to start. Riding at a local stable can be such a great idea. The staff will be able to offer you tips and advice on how to get started, and they'll also be able to help you find the right horse for you. Plus, you'll be able to meet other people interested in horse riding, which can make the whole experience more enjoyable. So if you're considering getting your kids into horse riding, consider riding at a local stable.

Go on a family trek

Horseback riding is a great way to explore the outdoors with the whole family. It is a fun, relaxing and unique way to travel through the countryside, while learning new skills. Trekking on a horse or pony gives kids a chance to learn about horse care and safety. They will get first-hand experience of what it takes to ride safely and responsibly. By the end of the trip, they will have a much better understanding of horses and horse riding.

Join a riding club

If your children seem to be enjoying horse riding, joining a riding club is a great next step on their journey to experienced equestrians. They’ll meet other children and have opportunities to make new friends while learning from experienced instructors about horsemanship. Riding clubs offer a variety of activities and events that kids can take part in, including shows, trail rides, and grooming sessions, so they can have fun while they learn.

Horse riding is a great way for kids to get some exercise, improve their coordination, and build self-confidence. If you want to get your kids into horse riding, these tips should help you get started. Once your child starts horse riding, they may even find that they enjoy it even more than they expected.

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