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ABOUT LESSONS 6-years-old and under
The only difference with the kids in this age group is that we
know they will have to have assistance so the parent is taught
to become the coach.
This means the parent learns how to support and guide the
student to answers - not do for them. You will learn how to
have your child use the information that is going into them as
they take lessons.
Please read the information
about regular lessons first.
Each child is different so assistance will look different for
each one as will their progress.
These little ones will start out on a lead line which means
you, the parent, will be walking along with the horse holding
a long rope. We give the child the reins but in the beginning
they have no clue as how to make it all work for steering. By
walking along with the child, you can keep him/her on task
and give basic instruction. Where else can you get spa
benefits for you and riding lessons for your child at one low
If the child is short even on the stool it may be necessary
that you support them as they balance and actually lend a
hand as they put the saddle up. If you 'assist' rather than 'do
for' the child will begin to build the physical stamina needed
to perform the task and the mind and body memory needed.
If your child will not stay on task then you may need to
verbally keep them engaged, not necessarily by telling them
everything they are to do but asking questions to make them
think and pull out the information they need to be successful.
You are expected to apply what you are learning in the area
of safety and this is where you can become a role model -
for example be sure you are talking to the horse so you child
can hear you do this. In the beginning most are shy for some
reason and don't feel comfortable talking. I consider that
huge in keeping the human safe.
Lack of horse experience and even being a little scared are
not obstacles. I have found that when I give people
information about why the horse does what it does, as the
individual develops understanding about horse behavior then
things make sense and fear diminishes or leaves entirely.