A lot of people are attracted to horse riding because they love how the horses are able to move and jump. Jumping is part of horseback riding, but it is not necessary so only jump if you want to. In addition to being optional, anyone can learn to complete successful jumps. Even children can safely learn on kids horse jumps. The steps of training are outlined below so you can see what your child will be learning along their journey.
First, they will learn how to be properly seated in all gaits. The professional trainer will get students securely seated so that they can start jumping. Safety is paramount when it comes to jumping, so this step is not to be taken lightly. If you feel your child is not secure, look for how to adjust their position and only have them attempt to jump when it feels secure.
Once children have developed a secure seat, they will ride over poles laid flat on the ground. Training will start with kids walking the horse over one pole. This will then advance to a trot over several poles. After this has been mastered, children will canter over the line of poles. An experienced instructor will help your child safely guide the horse and learn to understand pole spacing.
After ground poles have been mastered, the next step is to move onto cavaletti. This involves poles raised just inches from the ground. Once again, children will advance from a trot to a canter, so the horse is eased into the jumps and they feel confident. The cavaletti then leads to going over a small cross rail where the horse will actually jump for the first time during training.
Children will progress slowly and with great care through their training, so there is no need to worry. They will move from stepping over poles to actually jumping in as little as a few months.