My 4 1/2 yr old daughter wants to take riding lessons and I am not sure about it. If you think thats too young dont be afraid to say because I am still not sure myself! I had a pony at 8 but didnt start riding by myself until I was 12 and then I learned the hard way on flighty arabian in a saddle with no stirrups so needless to say I took a few spills. Also what did you or your kids start in? English or western? Also why do you think one is preferable? All opinions appreciated!