Have you noticed the faces of children during their first pony ride at a birthday party or the fairgrounds? For many, it is one of two possible experiences; the joy and laughter of excitement or absolute terror followed by tears. Unfortunately, the latter could have been avoided if parents slowly introduced their children to what must appear as a strange and scary animal with unfamiliar characteristics. It is sad to think that some people will never enjoy the pleasure of equestrian sports due to negative encounters when young.
For kids comfortable in the saddle, their development and personalities often mature more quickly becauseof the special bond between them and their steed.
There are many important reasons to introduce and encourage children to become familiar with horses and the wide variety of sporting specialties.
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