These photos were sooo… a Just Say YES! blog. Just look at Bella’s lovely straight back and a very nice start to a beautiful seat – that happens naturally when a rider and a horse has no fear or nerves or anxiety.
Gosh this little pony is using his body and fairly motoring along, hey?
Bella is naturally fearless by the sounds of it, but if your child is different and does have some level of fear that is affecting their riding and their enjoyment of their pony, I have a great way for working through that so that they can have a lovely natural seat too. Email me if you would like a chat about that. jennyATjennypearce.com.au
It was Bella’s 7th birthday today and all she wanted for her birthday was pony rides – so she got her wish, exercising all of Kathy’s ponies in one day.
Here’s what came from Kathy in her email.
Bella has no fear whatsoever and hasn’t had riding lessons, so she hasn’t been taught to sit up straight and keep her heels down which just jams the wee kids up no end. (I would have to agree with Kathy there!) I have just thrown her on the two shetlands and left her to it and she is sorting it out herself.
Both Sateen and Creme will whizz around the round pen under their own steam and she just has to hang on. And I mean hang on – Creme is apt to throw in a quick change of direction at the canter and she hangs out the side and laughs her head off and pulls herself back straight as he tears off in the other direction.
The wee bareback saddle (a smaller version of the one I bought for my big girls years back) is a real find. The kids find it really great with the big knee rolls and the grab handle. This way she gets to sort her balance out before reins become an issue.
Note the great wee bitless bridles I have found too!! I am in the process of starting Ebony under saddle – so she will soon have three to keep worked!!!
This is the way I learnt to ride on shetlands and I am just so loving watching them all interact and have so much fun. This is horse riding as it is meant to be. Cheers Kathy