Prince George is being taught how to ride by Zara Tindall on Shetland pony

Prince George is being taught how to ride by his dad's cousin Zara Tindall.

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Prince George has started learning a new hobby with the help of his cousin, Zara Tindall.

Prince George had already started learning to ski earlier (opens in new tab) this year and now it seems the little royal is broadening his hobbies even further.

Taking after his great-grandmother's love of horse rising, Prince George is said to be learning how to ride with the help of his dad's cousin Zara Tindall.

According to a source who spoke with Hello!, Prince George has been practising his skills on a Shetland pony owned by Zara, who's currently expecting her second child (opens in new tab).

The source said: 'William and Kate were really keen to get George riding – it's something all the royals do and the whole family adore animals. But obviously he's only small so they didn't want to put him on a big horse.'

The source continued to explain that William and Kate felt more comfortable with their four-year-old son learning on a smaller horse and asked Zara for the favour.

The source said: 'They asked Zara if they could use one of her Shetland ponies and he's been learning to ride on one of those.'

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Zara Tindall riding 'Drops of Brandy' in the show jumping section at the Whatley Manor Horse Trials, last September

Her Majesty, who started riding when she was three, was spotted on her horse in Windsor on the same day that Kate Middleton gave birth to her third child (opens in new tab) Prince Louis, the Queen's sixth great-grandchild.

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The Duchess of Cambridge has also previously spoken about Prince George's sister Princess Charlotte's love of horses.

While welcoming home the athletes from the 2016 Rio Olympics, Kate spoke to equestrian triple-gold medallist Natasha Baker about Charlotte's passion for horses (opens in new tab) and how she will champion and encourage her sporting interest as much as possible.

Perhaps in a few years we'll be seeing Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis competing in various equestrian competitions? Zara has won several accolades herself so she is the best person for the little Cambridges to be learning from.

Zara won the Eventing World Championships in Aachen in 2006 and later went on to win a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.