Horse Riding For Early Development
Horse riding is a fun educational activity, but it offers many intrinsic benefits for children as well:
From a physical development side, horse riding improves:
Balance and motor coordination
From an psychological/emotional side, horse riding improves:
What Your Child Needs To Start
Riding boots are highly recommended. Riding boots can be cowboy boots or boots with zippers on the tip (not the inside).
Jeans or specialize horse riding pants are required for riding lessons.
We recommend that students have fitted helmets that do not slide on the student's head. If you are unsure, please come to The Riding School and ask for guidance on helmet safety from Beth Boyer. Students are able to borrow helmets from The Riding School.
Water Bottle & Snacks
Bring plenty of drinking water and snacks if you or your student get hungry.
Tips For Parents
Help your Lil Rider have a great experience
Where should parents wait?
Parents can wait in their cars or designated areas.
Can Parents drop off their Lil Riders?
Parents can drop off their Lil Rider during Horsemanship Coaching Sessions. Beth will call parents when their Lil Rider is ready to come home.
When Should Parents Pick Up Their Lil Rider?
Up to one half hour after lesson completion is over unless discussed with Beth.
Can siblings (non-riders) wait or be left with the Lil Rider?
Siblings must be supervised at all times by their parents. Sibling riders can wait, but must follow the Student's Code of Conduct.
What should parents do while their Lil Rider is learning?
Give your Lil Rider space while they learn. There is a natural tendency to hover around their children to protect them, but this can create dangerous and distracting conditions. Children often become anxious or distracted when their parent gets involved during sessions. Parents can watch, but must remain quiet.
Encourage Your Lil Rider to Be A Good Horseman
Lil Riders can do more than parents give them credit for. Allow Beth to guide your lil rider to gain independence, be good people, and know that animals are important and that every person they meet matters.