Toddler Riding Lessons Columbia for ages 3 - 5 year

Toddler Riding Lessons Columbia

Benefits of Toddler Horseback riding for your child.


Everyone sees horse riding as a fun outdoor sport, but it offers so much more intrinsic benefits for children as well:


If we look at it from the physical development side, horseback riding improves  your child's balance and motor coordination. Also hand-eye coordination, core strength and muscular development are benefits from riding horses. 


Horseback riding has been shown to improve cognitive abilities in some children. An improvement in brain-based skills in some cases may lead to enhanced learning, memory and problem solving. Worldwide studies show how taking part in an Equestrian sport can effect the improvement of children's learning abilities. The movement of the horses during riding may improve learning in children by activating the sympathetic nervous system.  


As children progress in their riding skills, they develop self-confidence and self-assurance.


Horseback riding offers children a great workout for both the mind and body and physically boosting the cardiovascular system. Children need healthy and relaxing down time in our today's society where they are exposed to so much external stimuli.    


Equally important to your child's physical benefits are the therapeutic and psychological benefits that horse riding offers. 

Your little horse lover will find their dream come true here at Pony Gang Equestrian Services

As a sport horseback riding helps in creating a disciplined child, because it teaches a lot of self-discipline and can increase your child's patience level as well as help define their focus and control


There is an emotional benefit too, because one of the first things that a rider (child) learns, is to act confidently in the face of fear and uncertainty. This is because if the rider appears scared of something, the horse senses this and will feel the fear as well. Horses are very sensitive to the emotions of their riders and will often mirror those emotions. 


Riding is also a brilliant way to bring shy children out of their shell. Children who are by nature timid, often open up to a pony. Think about it..... horses and ponies never judge or bully , instead they can seem especially in tune with a rider's troubles. 


Riding horses can have educational benefits too for your young child. They are encouraged to count the ears and legs of a pony, the pony's hoof-beats and their place in the ride. 


You see a lot of life skills are learned through horseback riding. 

We teach during this Toddler and little ones horse riding classes


Grooming is the first interaction with our ponies for our little students. It helps everyone to get comfortable around the ponies and get to know them. 


Tacking up 

Together with their trainer our little riders tack up their ponies. With time Trainers will only assist when needed and little one become more independent. 


With a little assistance from their trainer young students will learn to lead their pony to and from the arena. This is the first step on taking control of what your pony is doing. 


Equestrian Vaulting 

Vaulting will help our little riders to improve their confidence, timing, strength & suppleness. It helps them to be a better and safer horseback riders. 


Balance Exercises

Through different exercises, like airplane, butterfly, touch the ears or others our little riders learn to balance themselves in the saddle without gripping with their legs. 


Balance Games

To change it up we also use different games to help our little riders to feel more comfortable moving around on horseback. They love these games so much and without knowing learn. 


As soon as our 4-6 year old students feel comfortable on horseback and learned how to sit in balance with the horses movement they will learn how to hold reins and move their horse on their own in a walk. 


Our  Tiny Tot lessons programs are once a week lesson that always last  60 minutes in total and consist of


15 - 20 min grooming and tacking the pony, leading the pony to arena

25 - 30 min time on horseback - learning playful and age appropriated how to sit and move with the horse.

15 min leading pony back to grooming area, untacking and pony after care, giving pony a treat and saying goodbye to the pony

This lessons is aimed for students ages 3-5 years who demonstrate strong motor skills and good focusing skills. It is a great way to get your young rider confident in the saddle and it is  designed to give your them a age appropriated "leg up" in the horse world.

Once your child progresses past this stage or ages out, they enter our regular lessons program

- Scheduled individually

- 1:1 child/trainer ratio.

- Parent must be present for the entire lesson but doesn't needs to participate. 

You receive 1 lesson a week (4 lessons a month)


$ 200

a child


(monthly tuition)

For Toddlers in the Columbia, Lexington and Sumter area Pony Gang is the dream home

Meet and Greet Appointment 

Our assessment appointment is our assessment lesson and it is a  one time lesson which we use to get to know our potential new students. We will talk about goals and evaluate where students stand. 

Incl. introduction about us and our program, grooming and a short evaluation riding lesson.

We also have a Q & A 

Intro lessons are run around 45-60 Minute 


Price:   $50*