Our wish has been granted. Our Son Cristino loves to ride. He loves it so much that even though I think he’s too young to be on a horse (Fredi disagrees) we have to let him ride. He rides both English and Western, but prefers Western for some reason. When the horse stops he uses his legs to bump her to get her going, which really makes us laugh. He can even hold the reins and stay off the horse’s mouth. The horse he is riding in this picture is his all time favorite horse, Dundee. She belongs to two of my students, but fortunately for Cristino, they let him ride her.
It’s really cute too, because when Fredi and I are teaching we keep Cristino with us. If a horse breaks when it isn’t supposed to, immediately Cristino says “Uh oh!” We tell the riders, if you hear Cristino say “Uh oh” you better hurry up and use your legs to keep the horse going! Fredi keeps his hand on the back of the baby’s jacket or shirt when he’s riding, but I still am not crazy of the idea of him riding so young. I like to start kids at about five years of age. Since the baby was about a year old, when he saw one of us jump on the horse he would get offended that he wasn’t riding and say “Hey!” And give us a look like, “why not me?” Now the deal is after we are done lessons or riding, he gets his turn. The only problem is he screams when we take him off of the horse. I am happy though because it is a dream come true for us to have a child that loves horses.
I really need to find a helmet that would fit his tiny head, that is my number one concern. A small is way too big. I would especially like a Western Hat helmet for him. Does anyone know where I can find one small enough?