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post #11 of 17 Old 02-11-2009, 10:46 PM
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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?
I'm pretty sure that those are just stirrup leathers But whatever works...
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post #12 of 17 Old 02-11-2009, 11:04 PM
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would something like this help?

Children's Wintec Saddle - Dover Saddlery.

It isn't shown with stirrups so I don't know if you can put them on
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I put kids on bareback or with a plain bellyband to hold onto or any type of saddle, but I'd never strap them in. Kids are remarkably resilient and if your horse is quiet, explain to your daughter that they must both learn about each other. With a saddle or without, but definitely "no attaching of child to horse" let your daughter sit on the horse first. Let her experiment with her own balance up there. Let her slide off into your arms. Let her lean forward, back, side to side, have her do airplane up there... anything at all. Then a few steps forward and a few steps back... once she has found her balance and you have found a comfort zone, you may feel differently.

When I was just a baby, my neighbour had two big ol' Clydes and he would walk them down the road to our house, just so my siblings and I could sit on the horses and be led around the yard. Bareback and hold on to the mane. No one owned a saddle then -- that was for "dem city folks".
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I'm pretty sure that those are just stirrup leathers But whatever works...
Is that what they are?? Would have to be some pretty dang long stirrup leathers :roll:
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Is that what they are?? Would have to be some pretty dang long stirrup leathers :roll:
not if you attach 2 together
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would something like this help?

Children's Wintec Saddle - Dover Saddlery.

It isn't shown with stirrups so I don't know if you can put them on
That's an English lead line saddle. They are perfect for little ones, with the handle in the front. You use English stirrup leathers and safety irons with it. 4" or 4.25" peacock irons are the way to go with kids, that way if they do fall, their foot won't get hung up.

With the OP's daughter only being 2 years old, she might not have the arm strength to hold on to the handle though. I'd still want an adult walking next to her with a hand on her leg or on the back of the saddle ready to catch her.
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ahh I didn't know that was a leadline saddle. Thanks luv2ride!

Obviously I don't have kids and thought that would be good, but I do understand that a 2 year old would probably not be able to hold themselves up there.

I do think an adult walking next to the child would be the safest thing. Maybe even 2 adults on either side in case the little girl started slipping to either side.
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