My DD turned 9 a few weeks ago, and we had her birthday party where she goes for horseback riding lessons. My 11 year old DS takes lessons there, too. We had 9 kids come to the party, and one has already signed up to start lessons there, too. The kids had a great time! They rode for about 45 minutes, even trotting and playing red light, green light. (Only my kids and one other girl had ever ridden before). Then, we went out for ice cream, and some of the kids came back to our house to play for a while.
It was the least expensive, easiest birthday party my kids had ever had! I didn't buy the table settings, pizza, cake and drinks that I usually buy. I was a little surprised that only two parents stayed for part of the time, then they both left. I would not have left my kids in a potentially unsafe activity, without staying to offer assistance, if needed. The kids all led their horses to and from the two arenas, and a few needed some help when walking past the hay bales, since they wanted to have a little snack! Do you leave your kids at parties, or do you stay and help/chat/supervise?