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Old 02-21-2011, 12:37 PM
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It depends on the kid. Katie will be ridding a pony with me as soon as she can fallow commands well. Probably 3 or so. But this will be in a controlled setting. She has allready been on a horse "by herself". My friend was leading it and I was walking beside her holding on to her. She loves it. I was in actual lessons early. Cant remember. I was jumping by 9 years old.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:51 PM
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my cousin started when he was 3. He is also advanced, always has been, and they were his horses on his farm. Not formal lessons, but he was on the horse learning things at that age.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:52 PM
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I did it on a case by case basis. I met many a 8 or 9 year old who is not ready. I have taken them as young as 5. Then again I start all students on the longe, and they stay there till they can set quietly with good position at the walk and trot. When they can post and sit the trot well and with out their hands moving. THEN they get off the longe.

There was an adorable little girl competing in the short stirrup division (so jumps less than 2 feet) who was only 6 and she sat upon her wonderfully trained pony beautifully.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:56 PM
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I think it depends on the individual kid. This summer, when I was doing trail rides, any child under 7 had to ride with a wrangler. There were some kids that I would hand the reins over to (keep a hold of the tail end myself, just in case) and they would do brilliantly! There was one little girl in particular who was around 5 that I probably would have felt comfortable putting on her own horse; she was naturally good at the basics.

Then there were the 10 year olds that I would have to pony the entire way because they just couldn't keep the horse going on their own, no matter how much they were told what to do.
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I agree with the 7 yr. old mark unless heavily assisted by someone. But it does depend on the kid to a degree. But little ones are indeed top heavy and muscularly and balance-wise, they generally aren't very safe.
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