How to Give a Pony Ride

Learning Horses Archive on May 29, 2007, 13:25

I love sharing my horses and offering children their first rides. If I can be the first person that they are exposed to, I can teach first about safety and then about fun.

Here is how I conduct a pony ride to make sure everyone stays safe and the child (and parents) have a good experience.

First, make sure you have a horse suitable for pony rides. Horses are smart creatures and many of them will understand that they need to be much more gentle with children, but not all horses are suitable to give pony rides. Horses that are spooky, rude (nippy or will walk over you) or inattentive