Want your Merida to ride a horse?…Do your homework!


With Disney’s Brave hitting the theaters, little girls are egging Mom and Dad to enroll them in horse riding classes.



Kids think there’s nothing to it. You just need to wear a long gown, leave your hair loose, slip on dainty shoes and hop on. Simple as that…

((Bleep!!)) Wrong!


Apparently there’s quite a bit to it.


To ensure your child is equipped to ride a horse, you need to get her…

  • The right attire (Well fitting jodhpurs are suggested…and no, bling accessories are not advised!),
  • The right riding helmet and
  • The right riding boots(I always thought the only sort of riding boots in the market were the long, glossy, leather boots. Well, an amateur rider is suggested to go in for short boots or paddocks while older, seasoned riders go in for the long boots. The paddocks are easier to break into and more comfortable…a must for a young rider who is getting used to being atop a horse.)



Sure she may not look anything like Merida on her horse but what’s important is her safety.


If you keep in mind this little ditty when you go equestrian apparel shopping, you won’t go wrong…

Comfort and protection for my dottie are  key.

That’s the only way my little Merida will be safe on that horsey!



Do your kids ride horses? Do you have any helpful tips to add?


About Marina

Marina is the grateful, Texas-based, Mommy of a book-loving, 9 year old daughter, a 5 year old son who loves all things that fly and a serene 1 year old daughter. Her husband (and best friend) is her biggest support as she shares snippets from the awesome life God has blessed them with on Mommy Snippets.

What tides her through each day?...A hot cup of cardamom chai and Philippians 4:13!


  1. 1
    Michele L. says:

    My daughter rides – we own 3 horses. You definitely need a good helmet and boots. The jodphurs aren’t necessary, but being comfortable is a good idea – you have to stretch that leg to get your foot in the stirrup to mount! Boots may not seem like a necessity, but they are. A bit of a heel is good so your foot doesn’t slip through the stirrup and it gives extra support to your ankles. My daughter was bucked off her horse a few months ago and wasn’t wearing boots. She broke her ankle. Not to mention protection if you get stepped on – it still hurts, but you’ll keep the skin! On the positive side riding horses is a wonderful way to boost a child’s self confidence. And there’s nothing like the relationship you can have with a horse.

    • 2

      Thanks so much Michele. This will really help Moms/Dads who’re serious about this. I’m so sorry to hear your little one got hurt. Is she doing okay now? Personally I’m scared to allow my daughter to ride but she’s enthusiastic. Have asked her to wait till she’s 8 to decide.

      • 3
        Michele L. says:

        She healed up perfectly and is riding and cheering again (she’s nearly 16 and should have known better). It IS scary to see them fall, and if they ride there will be falls, but they could get hurt walking across the yard. 8 is a great age, I think – still young enough not to be afraid of everything. I wish I had taken lessons as a child. Good luck to your little one. I hope she’s still interested when she reaches the ripe old age of 8!!

  2. 4

    I loved horseback riding as a child, and can’t wait to share that with my girls!

  3. 5

    I’ve never rode a horse before but it is something I’d like for my kids to experience so thanks for the tips.

  4. 6

    I am too scared to put my kids on a horse although my teens used to ride when they were younger… as did my husband. My in-laws used to raise both Morgans and Arabians. :) And I like those boots!

  5. 7

    What a good point! Merida is certainly not properly dressed for riding!

  6. 8

    Mine would love to, but she can only do that or gymnastics and she chose gumnastics

  7. 9

    Cute post! We have 2 horses and a donkey. The girls love to ride.

  8. 10

    Oh wow, great infomation! I’ve only been on a horse a few times, but they’re definitely fun :)

  9. 11

    We are a horse loving family. I used to ride all the time! So fun. Great post!

  10. 12

    My kids do not ride horses.

    But, when I was a kid, my best friend had a horse and rode her (Jiggers) all the time. She had Jiggers until just a few years ago when BFF had to put her down.

  11. 13

    I love to ride on a horse and my kids as well. This is perfect since my kids have their perfect outfit for riding a horse.

  12. 14

    yep yep. we’ve seen BRAVE twice now and all my 7 year old keeps asking is if she can ride a horse.

  13. 15

    i hade the cutest riding pants in high school, loved them. nevermind that i didn’t ride horses LOL

  14. 16
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