Safety and security whilst out riding horses is, of course, no less important for the adults, even for the most seasoned and experienced riders. But perhaps because they are still so young and their bones brittle and still growing, it is necessary that both their parents and their trainers take extra special care. And usually if the riding school is accredited, this is the case. Trainers will have had such imperatives in mind when placing the customarily prepared kids horse jumps on the riding lot.
These training jumps will have been prepared at just the right size for these growing kids. They will have been prepared for the more placid ponies on which many youngsters may begin their riding life. Long before any riding and exercises can commence, both young rider and little pony must first make their acquaintances. The small animal must first know that it can trust its young master or mistress.
And how to teach a young child to achieve this bond so early in life must take some doing. It goes beyond what moms and dads will be teaching their kids anyhow. But then again, as a mature adult you must wonder and observe at how well animals in general, even wild animals up to a point, are able to get on with the kids. There are never any malevolent intentions on the part of the young human peers.
With notable exceptions of course, kids in general just love the animals. And wouldn’t you know, their acquaintances with animals is already being made in the cradle. You’ll know this from past experience if you are a parent, remembering how you decorated the child’s nursery and gifted him or her with all those furry little toy animals.