Kid Horse Must-Haves

Spin to Win Rodeo - - Young Guns -

JoJo LeMond’s three kids—Newt, 10, Shaylee, 7, and Gun­nar, 6—all have their iconic dad to look up to when it comes to rop­ing and rid­ing. But that doesn’t mean he’ll just throw them on any great horse that comes along. LeMond is care­ful that each of his kids has a horse that fits them and their needs, and he breaks down what each horse must have to fit into his ju­nior-rodeo herd.

The first thing for sure is safety. I want to know that they’re safe. I want to know that if I’m not out there with my kid, they’re not go­ing to get in a wreck. I want my kids to be able to ride a lot and get used to sad­dle time, and the horse has to be safe for that to be possible. I want no buck, no set­ting back, no ig­no­rant stuff.

I def­i­nitely want a horse with some looks, so if one of my kids needs to step up, we can sell the horse eas­ily. Kids grow out of horses, and be­ing able to eas­ily find them a home with a new kid to help is im­por­tant.

DAVE JEN­NINGS PHO­TOS

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