If you want your child to love horses like you do, then starting them off on the right foot is essential! It can be fun to share riding as a common interest with your little cowgirl or cowboy. Make sure to introduce them to these large animals in a safe and fun way. Here’s some ideas!

Pony Rides: Depending on their age, a pony ride might be the perfect way to get them in the saddle for the first time! A person on the ground will lead the pony or horse, while your child sits on top. They usually go slow and in small circles. It can be a lot of fun for a younger child.

Petting Zoos: If your child isn’t ready to hop in the saddle, then try a petting zoo. He or she can causally pet the animal in a non-intimidating way. Feeding the horse a carrot or apple with supervision can be a great experience.

Riding Lessons: Find a farm that’s geared toward children riding lessons. An instructor will show them the ropes from the ground up. They’ll learn to brush, saddle, ride, and untack a horse. Sometimes, these lessons will be in groups with other horse-crazy children. Your child may meet their next best friend!

Family Vacations: Traveling soon? A dude ranch vacation may be perfect for a horse-friendly family. It’s a great way for your child to get out and experience life on a working ranch. They’ll get to see and experience horses for days at a time!

The important thing to remember is to go slow and not push. You don’t want to rush them. With patience, you might have a future equestrian on your hands!

Don’t forget to read: Why Horses Are Good For Children!