Taking a Horse Ride: How to Prepare the Kids for an Adventure

Families may be taking a cruise or heading out to a rural retreat during a vacation. These adventures often include a ride on horseback. For most children, hopping onto a horse is an intimidating experience. Their first ride shouldn’t be on vacation. In fact, providing children with horseback lessons is a great way to give them experience and calm them during the vacation itself. Explore these preparation steps so that the entire family can have a great time in nature.

Introduce the Children to the Horses

Always allow a child to see a horse up close at first. They shouldn’t ride the first horse that they encounter. Ideally, introduce the child to a single horse with the fencing between them. The child might feed the horse or pet its mane. The children might watch horse jump cuts during their introduction too. Getting the children familiar with the horses will give them confidence around them.

Start out Slow

Enroll the child in a beginning class. Every horseback riding class should be geared toward the skill level and child’s age. The classes will move forward at a pace that’s manageable for the child. In fact, many of the first classes may be just sitting on the horse without any movement. Remember that the horse must get used to the individual child as well.

Advance to Jumps

It may take several weeks or months for any child to advance to jumping. As a parent, you might opt out of this experience if you’re wary about the activity. Everyone has a different opinion about jumping. A family who just wants a simple walk on horseback doesn’t need the jumping experience. A child who’s excited about jumping should try it because it might be the start of a lifelong love of animals and sporting events.

Keep up with the horseback riding lessons after the vacation too. If the children enjoy the rides, the lessons will only improve their skills. They might seek out a career that centers around horses and their care. Encouraging a passion is critical to every child’s future.

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