Great group riding lessons for children this weekend, again, demonstrating some fantastic skills when riding without stirrups. This is something that takes time to master but is vitally important for balance, lengthening the legs and sitting properly in the saddle. And also developing confidence. In the end all this hard work and practice without stirrups in these riding lessons for children is about SAFETY and creating better, safer young riders. It is hard but they are still smiling!
Today was a little bit different during the lessons at the Ranch. Our young riders had to demonstrate that they could adjust stride and pace in pairs riding. Getting around corners and through arches where every horse has to change pace and stretch or reduce stride length to stay riding together. It’s hard. And for those that managed that, at walk, trot and canter, then there was some triples riding.
Super fun for the kids and all the parents watching. These skills are great to learn and may be put into practice during a show later in the year.
PS it is especially difficult in pairs riding when some of the mares don’t like each other so much and are being asked to ride close together, and nicely with each other!