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Since I own horses, people are always asking me how old their child ought to be before she starts to take riding lessons. But since I’m not a parent, I don’t really know how to answer that question. I’d probably say, old enough to be coordinated and to follow directions without asking, “But why?” I know of one child who began riding at the age of three. Horse trainers’ children tend to start earlier than other children simply because their parents 1) know what they’re doing, and 2) they have a suitable horse.