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post #1 of 17 Old 02-08-2009, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Kids' safety saddle?

My two year old has been desperate to ride one of our horses. I have a very nice, gentle quarter horse but he's big and I don't feel comfortable just putting her in a regular saddle, even a kids sized one. I've been trying to find out what those straps are that they use in pony rides that help the kids stay in the saddle ... it's just a wide leather band that either attaches to the horn or the pommel and wraps around the child's back to help stabilize them in the saddle. I have no idea what this would be called or where to look for one, or if they even exist outside of the pony-ride world, but I feel like my daughter would be a lot safer if she had something helping to secure her in the saddle. Sorry if I sound like an overprotective mom (but that's kind of what I am ...)

Anyone know?

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post #2 of 17 Old 02-08-2009, 03:30 PM
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in my opinion I would just go for a saddle meant for children, or maybe those double ones. I would stay far away from a strap keeping your child on your horse, no matter how gentle he is. For example the horse could fall down, and there would be no way for a child to fall off in an emergency.

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Are you describing what was mentioned in this thread? Some good replies here...
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Personally, I would never strap my child on a horse or pony. If they aren't coordinated enough to keep themselves on the horse, they aren't ready to ride and as someone else said, they "can't" fall off, even if the horse spooks, falls, etc.

I have ridden since before I was born and I rode bareback first on a big buckskin mare from around 2 1/2 yrs. Up. My sister and I developed really good instincts for staying with a horse. It's hard to find a "pony" saddle that fits a horse.

I don't know how you feel about riding double but there are "buddy" saddles that strap on behind your saddle and fit a small child.

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My two year old has been desperate to ride one of our horses. I have a very nice, gentle quarter horse but he's big and I don't feel comfortable just putting her in a regular saddle, even a kids sized one. I've been trying to find out what those straps are that they use in pony rides that help the kids stay in the saddle ... it's just a wide leather band that either attaches to the horn or the pommel and wraps around the child's back to help stabilize them in the saddle. I have no idea what this would be called or where to look for one, or if they even exist outside of the pony-ride world, but I feel like my daughter would be a lot safer if she had something helping to secure her in the saddle. Sorry if I sound like an overprotective mom (but that's kind of what I am ...)

Anyone know?

Thanks,
Becki

Becki,

Maybe you are referring to Buddy Stirrups by Abetta ?

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I'm not talking about putting her in the saddle and letting her go for a canter. I am talking about lead-lining her in such a way that I don't have to have one hand on her and one hand on the halter.

I have seen these types of saddles on pony rides pretty much wherever I've seen pony rides, and I'm a bit surprised that they seem to be considered so universally dangerous. I'd have thought that would be a huge liability for a business that regularly puts inexperienced kids on horses. I'm sure their insurance policies must be expensive as it is.

Thanks for the input.
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I don't know much about this, but I think the best seatbelt you could have for a child that young is one person leading, and one person at their side holding them steady.

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post #8 of 17 Old 02-09-2009, 12:04 PM
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The safest way for a child that age to ride is with an adult walking beside them and another one leading as claireauriga suggested. With helmet. Never strapped in.
I used to ride my kids behind me with an Abetta Buddy Seat (walking) but took off the stirrups as a child's foot can easily fall through. When my kids were old enough and had the body strength and coordination to learn how to ride in the saddle, in the arena, I ordered a nice western childs size saddle (12.5-13 inch seat) with full quarter bars and it fits both my horses just fine. It wasn't inexpensive but it has sure lasted and is ready for another set of kids when the time comes. I smile when I see it there in the tack room!
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I don't know much about this, but I think the best seatbelt you could have for a child that young is one person leading, and one person at their side holding them steady.
I agree. That's how my husband and I did it with my little one. She was up on a horse at 8 months old that way, lol.
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How about getting one of those straps that tie around the horse's neck? No idea what they are called but they are normally used when kids learn how to jump that way they have something to hold on to when they go in 2 point. Hold onto the strap instead of the mane.

Not sure that tying something to the saddle would be safe. How about starting them in a western saddle? Would that be an option?
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