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post #1 of 31 Old 12-28-2011, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Barn Rules?

okay so my little cusin is coming out tomorrow with her dad, hes a push over and lets her do what ever. so im trying to figure out some Barn rules and if they dont listen then shes done and cant see my horses anymore. so far i got a few. but i want more i dont want my horses hurt because of their stupidity.

Last winter he threw her on my TB gelding he was thin and sick and just threw her on him. he also threw her on my moms TB/Clyd and he was unpredictable and he had been rearing with me just 10 minutes before i went over grabed his reins (he let her get on him and let go) and yelled at him to get her off and he took her off and i lead them both and unsaddled them.

he disrespects me and my animals and i need rules so if they cross any i can get them away right away! my horses and in training and i cant have people around them fooling around them.

so far i got...
No getting on any horse unless told to.
no being in the pasture unless told so.
no feeding them treats.
no leading them.

Any thing else (shes 10 btw)
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post #2 of 31 Old 12-28-2011, 07:46 PM
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How about:

No one is allowed near the horses without me there. Anything I say is to be immediately obeyed, or the consequences will be dealt with quickly.

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post #3 of 31 Old 12-28-2011, 07:51 PM
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I like Velvet's rule, it's very encompassing.

My favorites for little ones are No RUNNING near the horses. And no fingers near the nose because a horse can't see them and will think they are carrots and we don't want to lose any of our carrots! Never Never Never go behind, or under ANY horse for ANY reason.
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post #4 of 31 Old 12-28-2011, 07:53 PM
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I would suggest talking things over with your mom (IIRC you are under 18, correct?) so that you can be in agreement about what the rules are and they can be communicated in the most effective way to both your cousin and her father.
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post #5 of 31 Old 12-28-2011, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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I informed her I was going to yell at them and inform and for her not to argue with me she agreed.
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post #6 of 31 Old 12-28-2011, 10:25 PM
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If the girl is 10, she is old enough to follow rules. But you can't expect non horsey people to automatically know what is or what isnt safe around horses.
Talk to her nicely before you go out to the barn. Let her know that your horses are sensitive, and while they dislike loud and fast movements, they appreciate kind, soft words and actions.
Let her know that she may not run or be loud around the horses (ie screaming or squealing with laughter.) Tell her that you will take her to see them, but she may only ride (if you are ok with that) if she remains calm and listens to you, so as not to upset the horses.
Then lead by example, by not yelling at her, but by remaining pleasant and helpful. If at any time things get out of hand, just let her know that the horses are getting nervous, and a nervous horse can be dangerous and unpredictable.
Try to be sympathetic to the fact that the girl is probably very excited. Remember what it was like to be a little kid, and dying just to be around horses?
Try and get her dad to stay at the house!! lol
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post #7 of 31 Old 12-28-2011, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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She's one of those kids that say 'this is how you ride' or 'this is how they listen better' and things like that. She tells him to come along. That way she can get her way he will argue with me. She rides little and mostly my horses which she rides -_- once to twice a year. I'm going to flat out tell her 'you listen to me, or your staying in the house and not coming out to see them at all'
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post #8 of 31 Old 12-29-2011, 02:01 AM
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wont her dad get on your case for telling her that? It seems like they kind of gang up on you....well, that is how it sounds from what you are describing.

So telling her it's your way or the highway is a good idea, but what are you going to do about her dad? You aren't going to say that to him also, are you??? Hey, maybe that's not such a bad idea!!!!!
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post #9 of 31 Old 12-29-2011, 02:14 AM
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TBH I really think this is something that your mother should be addressing rather than you.

Rather than tell your mother you will yell at them talk to her about the problem and together come up with a solution that your mother will discuss with your cousins father.

If your cousin rarely rides its probebly the highlight of her visit to get to sit on a horse. Help her have fun and to do the right thing.
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They are my horses and they both are in training I'm hopping to get one in a world show and the other is someone you have to get after and he can be unpredictable some days. They do gang up but I care more about my horses safty then her highlight. These horses aren't just pleasure horses they are show horses and it seems like everytime she rides (usually my qh(he cannot be ridden right now)) she makes them irritated and for a week or so after they are still trying to get away with things that she never corrected. And they become fusterated with her because they are ridding a certain way and she ignores what I say and does her own thing. And when I get back on the fight with me and always try to go the way/speed/dirction they want and when I try to get them to go the way I want they will toss their heads and rear sometimes bucks. So in the end its more work for me and their training goes backwards and I have to start over on what I tought them.
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