It is like learning to ride a bike. It is like learning how to swim at the youngest age possible. And do not worry. A young child of, say, four or five years of age is not about to be thrown in at the deep end of the pool, figuratively speaking. Teaching a young boy or girl to ride a small pony at a younger age may well be a tad irresponsible. Surely no qualified horse trainer would go to that length. In the meantime, and when the young child is developmentally ready to proceed with his or her first horse riding lessons, the training instructor would have taken every precaution to ensure that the child remains safe for the duration of his or her lesson.
Being the first lesson ever, it need not last longer than a half an hour or so.
For both horse and child, there is still a long ride ahead, both figuratively and literally speaking. Also, the qualified riding instructor does need to get all his ducks in a row during these critical and formative stages of the (learning) riding experience. Having said that, it is of the utmost importance to ensure that the child remains safe for the duration of his or her riding lessons.
And perhaps it is more important, at this stage, to ensure that the pony is safe as well. In the event, the riding instructor needs to utilize a variety of customary implements, amongst which are customized and scaled down kids horse jumps. All these contribute to both horse and rider’s wellbeing.
It would never have helped matters if the rather docile but sensitive equine creature was deprived to feel vulnerable and nervous. Hope this short informational ride was useful.