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    05-02-2012, 02:56 PM
  #11
Foal
I wouldn't leave them in the car just because people these days are out of control. I am not saying that YOU would leave them in there to die of heat stroke or forget about them but you never know how people will react and the last thing you would want is to get in trouble. Don't even get me started on the creepers that roam the earth these days either. If you have a stroller I would just get them out and prepper and strapped in the stroller while you tend to the horse. Maybe while you have them there you can start to teach them how to act around horses, what to do and what not to do? My daughter is 5 and I am still working on the whole responsibility thing around our horses. But it is never to early to start.
     
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    05-02-2012, 02:57 PM
  #12
Green Broke
It depended on my kids.

My eldest was a DOLL .. and I used to put her carseat in the shade and she would sit there and watch me ride/work with my horse .. or I would set up a playpen where I could keep an eye on her and ride. I also toted her to dog shows until she was almost 5 and did the same.

My youngest was ... well .. not so much a doll! I gave up showing dogs ... and if I was going to ride, I had to put her on the horse with me (walk jog only) or find a babysitter. She would climb out of the playpen and come across the yard after me .. and sitting still in the carseat was NOT going to happen!

LOL .. kids!
     
    05-02-2012, 02:58 PM
  #13
Foal
By the way I meant prepped and strapped not "prepper" my eyes did not catch that mistake. I apologize.
     
    05-02-2012, 02:59 PM
  #14
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Whisper22    
^^It doesn't sound like you read her whole OP.

I would leave them in the car also. As far as grooming, I might skip it. You don't want your kids running behind the horse while your grooming, and then what do you do when it's time to put your horse away. A picnic sounds fun, good luck.
I read the entire post and gave my opinion. Leaving kids locked in a car doesn't sit well with me.
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    05-02-2012, 03:16 PM
  #15
Foal
Thanks for the input everyone, it would just be for a minute while I moved the horse so she can exercise, I'm not going do anything with my horse except watch her, there are picnic tables and a grassy area to do so. The stroller thing made me nervous, especially because my kids can get out of that. There is a car law in my state, although I saw somone lunging thier horse outside of the arena with maybe a 3 yr old running around loose by the horse and my heart dropped in my stomach, the kid easily could have gotten run over, it was scary. The barn I'm at is pretty relaxed, I don't see a problem with it and hopefully if my lesson guy is there he can give me a hand for a minute, but I don't want to depend on that. And btw I don't even leave my kids in the car the pay for gas!! Although everyone with kids I know does, which I don't see a problem with, I'm just paranoid lol!
     
    05-02-2012, 03:21 PM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by JanetsPaintedRayne    
I wouldn't leave them in the car just because people these days are out of control. I am not saying that YOU would leave them in there to die of heat stroke or forget about them but you never know how people will react and the last thing you would want is to get in trouble. Don't even get me started on the creepers that roam the earth these days either. If you have a stroller I would just get them out and prepper and strapped in the stroller while you tend to the horse. Maybe while you have them there you can start to teach them how to act around horses, what to do and what not to do? My daughter is 5 and I am still working on the whole responsibility thing around our horses. But it is never to early to start.
Yeah I know, it's crazy these days, I had a friend leave thier baby in the car while they took thier 2 yr old to play in the park and the parking lot was not line of sight!!!
That's what I want to do with my kids, start teaching them about safety and how to behave around horses, but if I don't ever take them out there it's never going to happen. I was around horses since I was a baby and showing lead line before I can't barely remember, toted around to horse shows, peed in horse trailers and took a bath in buckets lol!!!
     
    05-02-2012, 03:32 PM
  #17
Foal
When I am out at the barn and have no one to watch my daughter, I open up the windows and the hatch, strap her in her car seat and never go out of ear shot. She has a leapster game that is for the Jeep only so it keeps her occupied.

It's sometimes unavoidable. Last night was supposed to be, feed water and look over. About 30 minutes at most, we got home 3.5 hours later due to an emergency with the horse. She was a doll. Her dad was gone, her grandparents were busy, and I don't have anyone to call for babysitting.
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    05-02-2012, 04:23 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Go to the barn get the horse, have dad bring the kids and visit mom at the barn.
Take kids to barn, have a picnic and watch other peoples horses,
Find another mom, you watch her kids, she watches yours.
Just some thoughts,
     
    05-02-2012, 06:02 PM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by JanetsPaintedRayne    
I wouldn't leave them in the car just because people these days are out of control. .... you never know how people will react and the last thing you would want is to get in trouble.
Exactly this.
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    05-02-2012, 10:38 PM
  #20
Foal
Wanted to give you all an update on how it went. My lesson guy was there and he is so sweet, watched the kids for me in his tack room/office and even printed them out horse pictures to color, even though it literally took my less than 1 minute to get back lol! Had our picnic, it was a beautiful day. There were two little kids running around there with NO SUPERVISION and there is a "run" of grassy/picnic area gated off and I could have let my kids stay there for literally the 40 seconds it takes me to put my horse away,( I timed it, my horse walks right up to me!) but the unsupervised little boy was acting violently and was trying to wack my daughter's with a huge stick!! So I did sit them in thier car seats for protection from the little devil boy who wanted to hurt them!!! Seriously, not a parent in sight!!!!(I think thier parents are the grounds keepers who live way out back) My lesson guy had a lesson so he couldn't do anything!!! My kids were in no danger sitting in the car for 40 seconds, just to put everyone's minds at ease. Unfortunately I haven't met anyone yet, it's always pretty dead when I'm there, and there are two big barns, kinda wierd!
     

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