My son is 7. He took riding lessons for several months with my trainer (who does all levels). She has primarily full size horses. They are very well mannered, but it is tough for a 6 year old to handle a full size horse alone, so the lessons were on the leadline. As she got a few more small kids, sometimes they shared a horse for a lesson so they’d only ride half the time. I felt like he had sort of learned what he was going to learn on the leadline, and it was far away, and expensive, and he wanted to play soccer, so I decided to have him take a break for a while. Plus I was never sure how into it he was. He enjoyed the lessons and the other kids but he never really talked about it at other times. But he just asked me to start again, a month+ after his last lesson. So I want to think about it seriously.
That is a lot of rambling to ask - how much lessoning do you think is worthwhile for younger kids? What do you want to see in their lessons? And what do you think is a reasonable lesson cost?