Their are many benefits of children having horses. Learning the responsibility of caring, When caring for a horse your child will very quickly learn that they need to take responsibility for them. The best way to really bring about this responsibility is to make sure they take care of all the work involved in caring for the horse such as feeding it, grooming it, cleaning, and saddling and riding it.
As with any child, they may feel that they should get to ride and play with the horse but they may not want to have to take care of it and want to leave that to you. One thing that results from a child taking care of their own horse is that they seem to have a deeper love for the horse when they put the effort into taking care of it. Once they understand that the horse needs them in order to survive and that they cannot ride without taking care of it, they will quickly learn that the work pays off.
Learning the trust, Horses don’t work well with trainers if they can’t trust them. Likewise an owner or rider must trust their horse if they plan on having a good time. If you can’t trust your horse then your horse probably won’t trust you which will make the horse more likely to disobey you.
Building the confidence, Horses can look big and be intimidating to any child. Once your child has the chance to handle their horse on their own they will receive a huge boost in confidence. This may allow them to build confidence in the areas of their life such as relationships or school. This may all end up as a huge boost for a child’s self esteem.
Learning patience, Horses wont’ immediately do what you tell them to do. Sometimes it takes a little while to get everything to work just right. So if your child has to deal with a horse that won’t just give in to its wishes right away they may develop patience learn to apply this to other things as well.
Learning respect, Horses can be dangerous when not dealt with in the correct manner. Having a horse will quickly teach a child that they cannot disrespect a horse without consequences. After learning that they have to respect a horse a child will learn to respect other things as well. Their is so much more to learn.
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