Pony Club For 2-5 year olds
~ Sundays 9-11 ~
Welcome to this class especially arranged for junior riders
aged 2-6 yrs.
The aim is to share the experience of your child’s
introduction to riding and to support all the children as they grow in
confidence week by week.
The group will meet on a regular basis for a pleasant time
socially as you get to know one another and your children.
Riding benefits children by developing coordination and
balance. This is a perfect time for this to occur. Children this age are keen
to test their gross motor skills. It’s also beneficial to learn about the care of animals. In
the class we aim to have the children feed and groom the ponies at times.
Riding will be taught sequentially.
The first step is sitting on the horse, then walk on the
lead, riding up and down hills, balancing exercises, steering and “stop” and “go”
aids. Then we steer through various courses and do some exercises on the lunge.
A short trail is also an option.
It is not a competition, it is a class where the children
become familiar with a new environment, learn to respect horses and enjoy the
Patience is required. It is best to “follow the child” and
not to force the child to participate as forcing might result in resistance. It
is best for parents to follow advice from the instructor, Amanda.
Your child may be comfortable on your first visit to just
sit on the horse and then have a break and try again later. The instructors are
understanding and will do what is best for the child.
Each child will ride for 30 mins
What you can do to make the class run smoothly -
Be patient and relaxed.
Bring some treats for the ponies, and if there is time after
the session the children can give them to the horses. Carrots, apples and bread are their favourite snacks.
We have lovely quiet ponies.
The covered arena can be used if it is a rainy day or if
the sun is too hot.
FEES - $40 per half-hour lesson.
For the group sessions for older children we have a $15
but we have decided not to charge a joining fee and hope that
the members will come regularly during the term and always phone if they can’t
Phone Amanda 0438828573
The fee is paid by enclosing the $40 in an envelope with
your child’s full name marked on it. There will be a posting box for the fees
on the day.
We are only able to run the class with committed members who
attend each week.
What Do The Children Need To Bring?
Helmets and boots if you own them. We have helmets on loan
at no extra charge.
The children can wear any long pants and a long-sleeved
cotton shirt with a collar is ideal.
A form is to be completed to give parent's permission and this
form can be downloaded on this website. The form is also available at the riding school. We need a completed form for each child.