The twins had been asking to go for a pony ride for quite a while.
So just before Christmas I called around our local horse riding centres and asked how we could go about getting them in the saddle.
It was a damp and drizzly day when we went to the stables, but that didn’t daunt the enthusiasm of Ms5 and Rusty Rocket at all.
The advice from our local stables was that the twins start just with a simple pony ride, being led around by me on a pony which was ‘as safe as a comfy sofa.’
So they were hoisted aboard a very pretty pony and I led them around the riding school for 15 minutes only. That was plenty for them.
The riding school’s advice is to do a few pony rides then when they get bored start them on proper riding lessons.
If you’d like to try a pony ride for your children, here are a few ideas of where to start looking.
Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre is probably Sydney’s best known riding centre. We’ve never had a ride around Centennial Park so I am definitely adding that to the list of family things to do in 2012.
The NSW branch of Australian Horse Riding Centres has lists of accredited stables in Sydney and around the state.
The national body Australian Horse Riding Centres website can be found at http://www.horseriding.org.au/ and has details of stables across Australia.
And finally, for your delectation, here’s a picture of the soft, warm, fuzzy nose of the pony.
Noses are my very favourite bits of all hooved beasts, so lovely to nuzzle.
Do you have pony mad children? Can you add any advice for other families looking to ride off into the sunset?