Kid Horse Must-Haves
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.