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26. March 2018

Riding is fun and healthy

Horseback riding is more popular with children than ever before. Riding is not just a fashionable sport, but a very meaningful leisure activity. Riding promotes empathy and a sense of responsibility. Body tension is trained and helps to prevent posture problems. At Erlebnishof Fronalp there are riding offers for children as young as 2 years. The pedagogically trained riding instructors teach the children the nuts and bolts of riding.

The Swiss Holiday Park offers age-appropriate riding lessons at its Erlebnishof Fronalp with trained riding instructors who show great sensitivity and patience. The horses and ponies are kept in an animal-friendly manner in accordance with the guidelines of the STS horse label. From the age of two, children can gain their first experience on the back of a pony, and from the age of eight, they can start with proper riding lessons.

Arguments for riding

Riding is not just a trend. Riding teaches children important things for life. Riding promotes empathy, intuition, fairness and a sense of responsibility. These are important values in the life of every human being. These values are trained while riding quite incidentally and out of self-motivation. In addition, the children are active when riding and move outside in the fresh air.

By sitting on the horse, the muscles that are relevant for posture are trained. This can prevent posture problems.

From when do children learn to ride?

2-5 years Children as young as two years old can ride at Swiss Holiday Park. They sit on the back of the ponies and are guided. In this way they can gain their first experiences with horses at an early age.

5-7 years At this age, the children's balance and sense of rhythm are trained in a natural way. Real riding lessons are not yet possible, as the necessary body coordination is still lacking.

8-10 years From now on, beginner lessons and lunging lessons are possible. However, it is still difficult to control the left and right halves of the body independently. And it is difficult to concentrate for 45 minutes. Breaks and other activities are necessary.

11-18 years When motor skills are fully developed, riding training can be continued continuously. From about 16 years the full capacity is reached.

We take into account the developmental stages of children and adapt the lessons to their age. Our horses are used to dealing with children and are very patient.

The riding lessons at Swiss Holiday Park can be booked by both overnight and day guests. Further information about the offer and prices: All information or by phone +41 41 850 54 80

When is a horse a horse and a pony a pony?

It is the body proportions that make the difference between a horse and a pony. Biologically, however, there are no significant differences. Only the size is decisive.

In horses, the height at the withers is greater than the body length. The legs are also longer than the chest girth. Horses are at least 1.48 meters tall. Anything smaller is a pony. The height at the withers is decisive. This is the protruding bone vertebra between the neck and the back.

The largest horse breed in the world is the Shire Horse. A full-grown horse weighs up to a ton, similar to the weight of a small car. And there are exceptions to the designations. The Icelandic Horse is referred to as a horse, although by size it would be a pony. The same applies to the American Miniature Horse. This also does not have the typical pony proportions, but looks like an Arabian horse in mini format.