Horseback riding can be an exhilarating experience for any kid. Being out in the fresh air with the cool breeze blowing in their face. Some kids who have never ridden a horse might think that the experience is similar to riding in a fast car, such as a convertible. But those who love horses are quick to point out the differences between the two. One advantage that a horse has over a car is that the horse is not confined to the roadways.
The way that movies portray horseback riding makes it appear very easy. But it is really not that simple. Riding a horse is an art that requires training and plenty of skill. It does take time to learn how to control this very powerful creature. It is also important for a child to know how they will response to certain signals. And since many horses are crossbreed there now exist various types of horses, each having different specific abilities, qualities and traits.
If you are a parent who is considering whether or not to let your child learn to ride a horse there are several things that you will want to take into consideration. First you will have to figure out what type of horse is best for you. The person you hire to train your child will be able to help you choose. A quarter horse is a good example. They have a very calm disposition for such a well-muscled horse. Your child should understand that the horse was not born with a knowledge of what you want him to do.
The horse has already been trained to respond to certain signals that tell him whether he is to walk, trot, gallop or stop. And even if the horse has been trained, if you do not know what the signals are, then the horse will become confused when you are on his back. If this happens it can be very dangerous. It is very important that your child pay attention when they are being instructed. An experienced horse rider will tell you that a horses senses if the person seated on him knows how to ride him.
When your child has their first lesson, the instructor will choose a horse that is used to beginner riders. The horse will also not be a very large one, so you will not have to worry about the horse being too big for your child to handle. In some areas there are riding stables where you can rent a horse for a few hours at a time. These places will not let you go out alone but will have a guide who knows horses accompany you and your child.
This is a good way for your child to experience riding a horse and deciding whether or not it is really something that they want to do. Some stables will give you basic instruction on how to ride the horse before you begin. For example they will show you the proper way to mount the horse at its left side and the correct steps involved in dismounting. They will also show you how to hold the reins as well as basic foot signals to make your horse walk or stop. Do not expect to learn everything about handling a horse in just one short riding trip. As a parent you want to make sure that before you invest a lump sum of money in horseback riding lessons, this is something that your child really wants.
Also if you decide to that your child really wants to learn, make sure that you do your homework before choosing a place to send them for lessons. Check references thoroughly, and ask for a tour of the facility. Make sure that the animals look well cared for, and the place is clean. Getting lessons for your child can be a little expensive especially if you choose a good trainer, but if it is something that your child really enjoys that it would be well worth the money.