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Horse Articles :: Why Horses are Good for Children
Why Horses are Good for Children
1. Learn Responsibility - Horses will teach your
child responsibility very quickly. Make sure that your child
does all the work involved in caring for the horse. Everything
from feeding, cleaning stalls, grooming, saddling and riding.
Children will want to ride but they may not always be eager
to do the work. However children almost always fall in love
with the horses that they handle and they will want to take
as good care of them. Once they know that the horse depends
on them and that in order to ride they have to take good care
of the horses, they will learn to be more responsible in other
aspects of there life.
2. Learn Trust - Horses must be able to trust their handlers.
One of the first things that your child will learn about handling
and riding horses is to be trustworthy and dependable, because
if the horse doesn't trust its handler it will not obey him/her.
This can be a very valuable life long lesson for your child.
3. Learn to be Open Minded - Every horse is different
and will have to be handled differently. A good horseman never
stops learning, even experts and trainers will admit that
they learn something new everyday from their horses. Horses
will make your child realize that learning is an on going
process that never ends. This can transcend into other aspects,
such as school and relationships.
4. Build Confidence - Horses are large and intimidating,
so naturally it takes a lot of confidence to be able to control
one. Letting a your child handle a gentle horse will do wonders
for their confidence. Most people are naturally a little bit
timid, especialy a child of horses because they are so big.
By handling a gentle horse children will overcome their fear
and learn that they can safely handle and control the same
animal that they were once had great fear of. The better your
child learns how to handle the horse, the more confident he/she
will become. When children do well with the horses that they
handle, their confidence goes up and their self esteem improves.
They now realize that this huge creature they were once afraid
of is a beautiful and loving animal.
5. Learn Patience - Horses are like children themselves,
and training a horse is much like teaching a child. When your
child has become a confident and skilled rider, letting them
help train a horse will be an excellent experience for them.
Horses require a lot of patience because training a young
horse involves a lot of repetition and time. This is a lesson
that will follow them in all aspects of life.
6. Self Discipline - Horses take a lot of time and
work, so your child will have to be dedicated to learning
how to ride and handle horses effectively. I have found that
dedication is rarely something that children lacks when it
comes to horses. People, especially young people, have a natural
attraction to horses and enjoy spending time with them. However,
because horses are a lot of work your child will soon learn
self discipline. For example, instead of sleeping in in the
morning, they will be up and out feeding and cleaning. Horses
must be fed twice daily and have access to fresh water at
all times. Their stalls must be cleaned regularly and they
must receive regular exercise. This will take a lot of time,
but most people find that it is worth it for the time they
get to spend riding, or just being with horses.
7. Teaches Sensitivity - Horses can be very sensitive
creatures. They have keen senses, and can sense if someone
is afraid, angry, happy, etc. They communicate with body language
and are very sensitive to their handler's body position. Because
horses are so sensitive, the handler must be also. The handler
must be able to tell how the horse is feeling and why it is
behaving the way it is. The handler must learn to interpret
the horses body language and to communicate effectively with
the horse using its own language. When a horse misbehaves,
the handler must decide whether or not the horse is doing
so out of fear, stubbornness, anger, pain etc. and must respond
8. How to Learn From Our Mistakes - When your child first
starts learning to ride and handle horses they will make a
lot of mistakes and will learn quickly not to make the same
mistake twice. That is what horsemanship is all about. When
a rider makes a mistake he/she cannot deny it. They must acknowledge
the mistake and correct it. The rider must move on after correcting
the mistake and not dwell on it. Handling and riding horses
will teach your child to use their past mistakes to improve
their future horsemanship skills and this will tanscend into
other aspects of your childs life.
9. Learn Respect - Children will learn to respect their
horses and themselves. Horses are large, dangerous creatures
and they demand respect, yet in order to be handled safely
they must also respect their handlers. By learning how to
handle a horse, children will become more respectful of there
horse and its nature. By being trustworthy, confident and
responsible your child will earn the respect of there horse.
10. To Have Fun - Last but certainly no least, your child
should have fun and enjoy being apart of the horse life style.
You don't want to put too much demand on your child, you need
to let them have fun with there horse as well as know when
its time to be serious.
I hope the information provided here will help you realize
how important it is for you to find a creative yet fulfilling
way for you to teach your child all aspects of owning and
caring for a horse.
About The Author
Andy Curry is a nationally known horse trainer and author
of several best selling horse training and horse care books.
For information visit his website at www.horsetrainingandtips.com.
He is also the leading expert on Jesse Beery's horse training
methods which ca