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    09-29-2010, 10:14 AM

On Halloween this year my church will he holding a Fall Festival. I've been asked to bring my horse for "pony" rides. My horse is not a pony, but a short Morgan cross who stands at about 14.2 hands. She is calm and gentle as she used to be a lesson horse. She does not spook at anything. With 100% confidence I believe she would be a great addition to the festival. I know the kids would love the experience beause we're in the middle of the city. Has anyone else ever done something like this?

Also, any costume ideas? I'm thinking of painting her like a war pony and doing a Native American theme.
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    09-29-2010, 10:22 AM
I have done this with my horse several times. It is so much fun watching the kids enjoy the pony rides.

Please make sure the church is fully covered for any liability issues associated with your horse being there.
    09-29-2010, 10:54 AM
Green Broke
I did this for my xboss. I took my pony and my arab mare. Both never did something like this before. With all the commotion and ballons and people they were both very well behaved. A great experience. Like someone said tho, make sure someone is liable for any issues thAt may occur. I would make sure you have a helmet for the kids. Do some pretesting on your horse to see if she can handle balloons flying/popping. Have fun
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    09-29-2010, 11:10 AM
I'd also suggest printing up waivers, and having the parents sign them before putting their children on your horse.

Even if the church has liability insurance, you can still be held individually responsible if something happens.

Waivers may not protect you in all cases, but they're better than nothing and show that the parents were aware that horses can be dangerous.

I think you're very nice to agree to do this. Don't let being nice get you into hot water if something happens.
    09-29-2010, 11:31 AM
Thanks, all. I've actually done this before with my old Welsh and she did great. I would not have even thought about a disclaimer, but it's definitely necessary. I'll be sure to have the waivers now, though.
    09-29-2010, 11:58 AM
Just a small suggestion...nothing to do with liability!

Make your costume as small as possible. Bring brushes and treats. Little kids like brushing horses almost as much as they like riding them. Maybe make her(?) a princess and buy some of that sparkly stuff to put in her mane. Have the kids help you. What is better than dress up with horses?!

Good for you for helping out! I wish we had a horse that we could do this with. I would love to bring a horse to my sons preschool festival!
    09-29-2010, 12:03 PM
Cori, ooh a princess pony! I like that idea.

OP, you could paint glitter polish on her feet, and maybe use one of those pink ruffled neck things. You'd be knee deep in little girls if you did that!

Little girls like all things pink, glittery, and ruffled. Add a horse to that, and they're in heaven.
    09-29-2010, 12:23 PM
I love the idea of the princes pony. And the waiver is a great idea. Maybe even put on a poster board, "Waiver must be signed". I believe I'd put pink and white ribbons in her mane and tail, and tied to the saddle in some way, instead of the ruffle around the neck though. Or maybe an untied pink boa. My fear would be the kids pulling on the ruffle, and maybe freaking her out to cause her to throw her head. I know they have the pink glittery hoof polish. It would be too cute!!!
    09-29-2010, 12:24 PM
Green Broke
What a good way to contribute to your church.

If you dress your horse up as a princess....try and see if you can find a crown at the dollar store and pin it onto her bridle, or attach it to the helmet for the kids so they get to be a princess/prince while riding.
    09-29-2010, 12:26 PM
A glittery pink wand would be good, too. A fairy princess horse with pink and white ribbons in her mane and tail, and pink, glittery hooves!!! Squeeee!!!!

Ahem. I do believe I just turned 6 y/o again there for a second....

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