Elise Gaston Chand is the host of the Because of Horses Podcast, and is a horsewoman with over 30 years’ experience in horse management, breeding, competition, and industry marketing and advertising. She was the horse-crazy kid of non-equestrian parents and has raised a horse-riding daughter. Elise has been a journalist, freelance writer, editor, and photographer.
A Parent’s Guide to Riding Lessons has been endorsed by the United States Pony Club and by Young Rider’s magazine, among others. And it’s full of information specifically geared to help you: including how to find a knowledgeable and expert riding instructor, how to help your child ride without having to buy a horse, economical ways to make riding financially possible, what you need to know to keep your child safe, and – also important – how you can enjoy your child’s experience and really connect with him or her through their love of horses.
Do you know a young person who loves horses and desperately wants to ride? But maybe you’re not sure where to begin… and, especially, how to keep them safe as they learn?
As the horse-crazy child of non-equestrian parents who meant well but didn’t have a clue about horses, trust me when I say that we made every conceivable mistake under the sun. And as the Mom of a horse-crazy daughter, I understand now what I couldn’t understand as a kid – that parents agonize over how to help their children follow their dreams… even as they agonize over the potential danger of doing so.