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Horsemanship dos and don'ts are important to teach to beginners because children love horses and therefore, horses can be a magnet to them. Teach your children to be safe around horses with help from a Certified Horsemanship Association instructor in this video on beginning horsemanship.
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Hi my name is Maryjo Turnbull and I'm here at Silver Buckle Ranch in Brush Prairie, Washington. I want to talk to you today a little bit about the dos and don'ts for young people and horses. One of the very very basic things that I like to communicate with everyone is that kids love horses and that means horses are magnets. So if your neighbor has a horse and they are always running over and touching them through the fence or trying to crawl through that's really really unsafe. So you're going to want to either supervise those kids or talk to the property owner and the horse owner and get to spend some time with them. The safest way ever to get your kids involved in horses of course is to go to a professional facility where they are set up to safely teach all the correct information to your young children. Another don't is not to run out and buy your child a horse just right off the bat when they get excited and interested in horses. This is a huge mistake that a lot of beginner horse families make. Again you want to find some professional help, find out if your child is truly serious about having a horse because they are a very expensive investment and then with the help and advice of a professional trainer or instructor they can take you out and help you find a horse that is perfect for your child and your family. Another don't would also be when we're out looking for tack and for a saddle for our child we always want to keep in mind that not all saddles fit all horses so if I was going to buy my child a horse I would buy the horse first and then I would go out and look for the saddle that fits the child and the horse. Another huge mistake that first horse owners make is going out and buying the saddle because they found it at a really good buy at a garage sale or another good place like that but then they buy the horse later and find out the saddle doesn't fit the horse and so you have spent money that you don't need to. In considering horse ownership or getting your children and your family involved in horsemanship there are a lot of dos and don'ts so my best advice to you would be to find professional help in a trainer or an instructor at a local professional facility close to you.