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post #21 of 38 Old 05-04-2012, 10:37 AM
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I am glad it went well for you and hopefully you meet some people soon.
Its hard to answer a post like this as there are so many variables. I board at a small private facility, so I can park right by my stall and everything is within sight to walk to the arena. I often leave my purse and keys in the car with windows down..its just that close ...only you know the circumstances and if its really safe..

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post #22 of 38 Old 05-04-2012, 07:35 PM
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I did not read the whole thread...

But I have a couple of inputs/thoughts.

1) one of the larger puppy playpens, tacked down with a couple of tent stakes would put the kids someplace secure (assuming you can see them and verbally stop them from trying to escape) yet free to play with toys etc. Plus it would be easily transportable. If you made a game out of, "You get to be puppies today!" they might even like it.

2) One barn I boarded at when I was a teenager and had no need for it, had the GREATEST thing. They had a full fenced playyard. It was about 10x30 feet, had some large playground type toys in it, wood chips on the gound, seven foot tall sides with a wire roof, and a door that latched from the outside. It was easily seen from the grooming area and the outdoor arena.

I have never seen any other stable that had one, but it was worth its weight in gold. Moms could drop the kids off to play, with goodies, smaller toys, juice boxes, and then not just play for a minute, but actually ride thier horse.

If finances are ok, and you like the stable enough that you are goign to be there long term, you might talk to the stable owner about putting in such a thing... maybe you could pay for some of the costs/do some of the labor etc. But I know that the stable would find a lot of moms would flock to them because of it.
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post #23 of 38 Old 05-04-2012, 09:24 PM
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I was thinking I might lock the kids in an empty stripped stall with no ropes hanging or water buckets or whatever. In my barn, they couldn't reach the latches or sliding door releases to let themselves out....if it's safe enough for the horse the kids should be safe, too.
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post #24 of 38 Old 05-05-2012, 04:54 PM
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I was thinking I might lock the kids in an empty stripped stall with no ropes hanging or water buckets or whatever. In my barn, they couldn't reach the latches or sliding door releases to let themselves out....if it's safe enough for the horse the kids should be safe, too.
Look, a new game for the kids! "Let's be horsies!" This is a very safe place for them. Make sure they can hear your voice to know they are safe, and they will learn that this is ok - especially if afterwards they always get a special treat they will learn to really like it - I see ice cream.
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post #25 of 38 Old 05-05-2012, 06:39 PM
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Pick up a puppy xpen and bring it, balls, bubbles and fun things. Set them up where you can see them before you go get horsey.
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post #26 of 38 Old 05-05-2012, 06:47 PM
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After taking care of my 1 yr old granddaughter for a couple of days and trying to even attempt to brush a horse......I admire mothers who can manage little ones by themselves while working with horses & I bow to them!
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post #27 of 38 Old 05-05-2012, 08:19 PM
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After taking care of my 1 yr old granddaughter for a couple of days and trying to even attempt to brush a horse......I admire mothers who can manage little ones by themselves while working with horses & I bow to them!
I'm with you Waresbear! When I have my two grandchildren, Bella 3 yrs and Michael 18mos, I do not work with or around the horses. But then, I am so much more cautious and a bit over protective of them.
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post #28 of 38 Old 05-05-2012, 10:37 PM
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The real issue is what if something should happen to you and you can't get back to the kids, no matter where they are.
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post #29 of 38 Old 05-05-2012, 10:50 PM
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You should try grooming dogs and decorating cakes while watching babies.
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post #30 of 38 Old 05-06-2012, 12:23 PM
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My boarders would give their kids a pile of dirt, spoons & toy trucks & such. One would bring out toy horses with stables & the kids made their own farm. She would put the kids in an area she wouldn't be riding in but still close by. One boarder put her infant in a wheelbarrow, all wrapped up of course. We never had any trouble & the horses got used to the squealing.
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