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    05-06-2012, 12:54 PM
  #31
Trained
Pile of sand, toys & a little fenced area is on Gramps list of things to do right now! Our granddaughter is fascinated with digging in the sand & amazingly doesn't eat it! We were discussing this idea an hour ago as I have a horseshow this weekend but also have the grandchild too. Gramps has stuff to do as well so it's hard to watch a toddler every minute without having something to occupy her little self with and keep her safe.
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    05-08-2012, 11:36 PM
  #32
Foal
Great ideas everyone!! Love them!!! =)
     
    05-08-2012, 11:58 PM
  #33
Yearling
I'm one of those "bad" parents I guess:( if the 3 yr old is crabby & doesn't want to come out, then he stays in the carseat. I'll check on him every once in awhile to make sure he's still alive;) otherwise both of them are out & about at the farm. As long as I can hear them or know where they are I don't get to worried. The 3 yr old brings his "diggers" and plays in the shavings pile otherwise he has his "jobs" to do. He knows if he starts running by the horses or into any of the pastures he gets in big trouble, so it's not a huge issue. Most of the time he's right by my side "helping". The 9yr old is pretty self sufficient. I guess i'm just old school in that I think the more things I try & protect them from the more things there will be to hurt them.
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    05-09-2012, 01:41 PM
  #34
Green Broke
Busysmurf, I tend to agree with you , in that many children are kinda "bubble wrapped" today. While safety is top concern, if you visit any working farm (around me are dairy farms), you will see that the young children while supervised, are also learning where and where not to go. They learn pretty quick how to "read" a cow just before it lets a load of you know what go and in their direction! These children become very savvy on these farms and have more responsibility at younger ages then most children.

While I was more apt to allow my children to do more around the horses at younger ages, I tend to be so much more protective of the grandchildren. I really love the idea of a fenced in area with sand box and toys near the arena, so they could play and I could work/ride the horses. If I see that I'll be having more than just Mondays, I think I may do just that. Thanks for the great idea!
     
    05-10-2012, 09:58 PM
  #35
Weanling
*YEARS* ago like over a decade, I boarded at a big lessons barn, so there were always kids and families running around. There was a small viewing area, BUT there was a problem of toddlers and babies SCREAMING while parents were watching their older kids ride. It actually got to be such a problem that they began to spook some of the horses and they had to make a "fussy baby" rule. So to accomidate the paying clientel, they modified one of the stalls furthest away from the arena, and made it in to a playroom.

IT WAS AWESOME.

It had dutch doors instead of sliding doors so older kids and parents could leave but toddles couldn't reach the latch, but also a solid top door in case someone was having a meltdown. All of the stalls had rubber mats anyways, but in the play room they got some extra ones and screwed them to the walls. They put in some chairs for the parents, and some toys, and books for the kids to play with. I think even a TV with a VCR or DVD player built in.

On weekends there was always one parent in there who could watch the brood for a bit, but it was safe enough to where if someone wanted to drop there kids off for 15 minutes to switch out a blanket or drop off a check, you could drop the kids off, latch them in and be with in ear shot the whole time.

I know not all barns have the room to do this, but if you're at some place with the space, an extra stall with floor mats make a great, safe play room.

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I want to take my girls out to the barn today and let my poor horse out for some expercise and have a little "picnic" with my kids while she runs around then do some grooming. I have never done this before and want to be as safe as possible with my children (3&5yrs old), I have no one to help me. I'm thinking about strapping them in a strollers and parking them by the picnic table with the brake on while I take my horse out to the round pen realy fast, I just don't know if this is appropriate or not?!!!! Do you take your kids with you, what do you do? I could also roll the windows down in the car and leave them strapped in thier car seats, the parking area is RIGHT next to my barn and pens, it would literally maybe take me 2 minutes to get her to the pen. *sigh, just having some anxiety about it!!!

Btw, my husband just started back to work on Monday, he has been off for 3 months, I have had my horse a little over a month so I have had help this whole time!
     
    05-11-2012, 10:30 AM
  #36
Yearling
My kids have been going to the barn since I healed enough to walk and get my butt back out there. They were in a stroller when they couldn't walk and now they just play. Now they are 5 and 7 and they come to the barn where I work and we bring coloring books, game system, or toys and they play at the picnic table or in dirt by the wash rack. There are also big open grassy areas beyond the barn they can run in away from all the horses but I can still see them. My barn manager wants to get a little pool and bath toys for my kids and her son during the hot months. We are very kid friendly. At the barn I have my horses at (not the one I work at) we have a swing set by the arena. The kids know they can't go in with any horses, they stay away from horses being lead. When I ride they sit in our outdoor seating area or I'll park the truck next to the arena and they can sit in it or the bed of the truck and do whatever they want.

I went to a cutting clinic when I was a teen and they had a nice big area fenced in, shaded and had play structures and sand toys inside. Right by the far end of the arena so you could always see the kids.
     
    05-11-2012, 02:43 PM
  #37
Yearling
I have a 4 year old and work full time at my barn. I'm very lucky to have my father nearby who watches her on the days I need to strictly get work done. Some days I take her with me, and I bring out our most kid friendly horse and give her lessons on how to groom her, how not to step behind her, etc. We usually move the horses to the back pasture, or stall them up while she's there and then let her play out in our massive front pasture. There is a ton of sand and she LOVES playing with our goat in the front.

It is definitely NOT an easy thing to do. Most people never realize how had it is to bring your kids around horses (especially that young) and still want to keep them safe. It is so hard to split your attention.
     
    05-12-2012, 02:00 PM
  #38
Foal
When my son was still a baby, I left him in the carseat with a babyfoon. That way I could hear if he was awake or crying. It was winter and he is used to sleep outside (in Norway that is normal and in The Netherlands it is also populair). Of course he had a nice warm suit on.Or I put him in my baby backpack. I didn't groom my horse but only to take her out into the roundpenn. In summertimes I don't like to leave him in the car.

Now I have the same problem: he is 19 month old and I don't think he will like it in the car anymore. Sometimes I put him in the stroller/buggy. But at some stables people can bring their dogs (and leave them unattended) so that is not safe enough for me.

But I always bring a babyfoon. Sometimes you leave your kid for more than the 1 minute you think something will take... And I always carry a mobile, just in case.
     

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