Gaining confidence on horseback
HORSE RIDING: Junior horse riding clinics provide the perfect opportunity to build confidence in youngsters.
Horse trainer Breanna Cook has been holding junior riding clinics teaching children the basics of trick riding.
The Monto-born rider has made a name for herself as a trick rider and takes great joy in seeing children develop through her clinics.
"I've been building up the kids' clinics to help them have fun and get trick riding out there,” Cook said.
Cook has held five clinics so far, three in Monto.
She did one at the Monto Showgrounds and two more at her home at Kapaldo.
"We started off with on-the-ground activities with their own horses and then we did fun games to help them get control,” Cook said.
At the most recent clinic held on Tuesday and Wednesday, all the children had previous experience and some had attended prior clinics.
Children new to the experience are eased in with the basics of walking, while more advanced riders move on to trick riding lessons.
"It is very difficult with kids and horses because they don't have the strength for full-grown horses, so it's a challenging task to set up activities they can handle,” Cook said.
Earlier this year, Cook took part in the ABC's Heywire rural youth outreach program.
She also spent time working at Tamworth before touring Queensland with her horses for show season.
Cook's mother Janette, who helps at the children's clinics on their property, said it was great to see her daughter passing on her skills to a younger generation.
"We both love kids and she loves passing on her skills, and I'm happy to support her,” Janette said.
"We're already seeing the kids grow and gain confidence.”