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post #1 of 4 Old 04-14-2009, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Have you ever done a camp with your horse?

My trainer has invited me and Lacey to come with her to the beach in August and help give pony rides to kids with hemophilia for a week for a hemophilia camp.
I think it sounds like a lot of fun and the groups of kids are so small that if Lacey needs a break she can very easily get one. She's also super great with kids, it's super adorable, at my trainers house there's a little girl (she's maybe 6) that adores Lacey and she'll grab Lacey's halter and lead her around for hours and Lacey is totally good with it.

But my real question is has anyone done something like that before? How did you prepare yourself and your horse? I've worked at a camp before but that was summer camp with healthy kids and Lacey was there but the kids were not allowed to go near her.
Lacey would be being high lined and I'm not sure she's done that before, is there anything I should do to prepare her for that?

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Well I haven't done something like this but in a sense its where I want my horse to be able to be (in a calm way and riding level) that I can let inexperienced people such as my bf to ride my horse. I would practice high lining her, and maybe if you have a young cousin to get them to come out and ride and play with ur horse so she gets really use to being with little kids. Have fun!

Sorry I'm sick and I kinda can't seem to think all that much, lol.

You want to get her use to doing things that little kids would do. Also make sure she is bomb proof!

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post #3 of 4 Old 04-21-2009, 02:25 PM
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If you are considering doing this then you obviously have confidence in Lacey's abilities, her personality, etc, which is the most important thing as you know her best. She sounds good with kids already, as you mentioned, but maybe just have some kids (you know, if you can find any hanging around ) climb on her, lead her around, lead the kids around ON Lacey, whatever else you think they'll be doing with her at the camp.

In all honesty, she sounds well prepared already. I think for a horse to be able to work at a camp with kids, personality is very important and from what you've mentioned it sounds to me like Lacey is there already.

Good luck!

ETA: If thats her in your picture, she looks absolutely adorable! :)
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for some reason kids like to run up to horses. from behind, the side, any old where. Not sure why, but it seems pretty universal. I practice running up to our horses and then rubbing them, holding the lead rope so I can't get kicked of course! As the horses have gotten used to my crazy behavior I have elaborated. I put them on the lunge line so I have more room and skip up and come up clapping etc. got the idea from some Clinton Anderson tape. Just last week some kid ran right up behind my horse. Luckily he did not react much. Wish I knew how to teach a horse to highline though.
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