Can we pat the horseeeeeee Am I mean?!

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    09-22-2008, 10:31 PM
Can we pat the horseeeeeee Am I mean?!

I school my horse up at a reserve just up the road from my place, to get there I ride thru a village. There is always tons of kids on the way cause there is a park in the middle of the village. When riding thru they always want to pat my horse, but I worry cause he is young & doesn't take too kindly to stand still for long plus standing my horse on the road doesn't seem like fun.
I often say no and say he is naughty & might hurt them. But I often feel really mean but I am looking after their best interests really cause heaps of them don't normally even have shoes on either.
Am I mean like should I just dismount & let them pat him or am I wise to just carry on? I don't feel so bad if one of the other girls is riding with me cause she has a sensiable appy mare that can stop and let the kids pat her, We just carry on even in that case cause they always want to pat the "Big Brown One" hehe
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    09-22-2008, 10:46 PM
I think you are being very reasonable because you know your horse and recognize the risk. Also, a swarm of kids may be difficult for any horse that isn't used to that, much less one that is young and learning. I will let people pet and visit my 8yrold when I am on the ground with her, but not my 5yrold. Everyone is told to stay away from the "nutty teen!"
    09-22-2008, 10:57 PM
The little ones need to learn patience and restraint. If you don't feel right about the situation, don't do it. No matter how old he is, say he's just a baby and might get scared. And when he is more comfortable (and you are), and you feel he is up to being petted, tell them to form a line and let them come up one at at time. If they don't want to cooperate, they don't get to 'play'.
    09-22-2008, 11:19 PM
Green Broke
I always tell little kids that my horse likes carrots...and he often thinks little fingers are carrots :) it's just safer if they keep their distance - you wouldn't want to be held liable if he takes a chunk out of little johnny's arm, or knocks him down... ;)
    09-22-2008, 11:28 PM
Well, you're pretty mean, but not for this reason. I just know you from another forum and you're really mean over there. Tee! Hee! Just kidding.

No, actually you are being really thoughtful. If you can't be sure that your horse will stand perfectly calm, you are only being responsible by keeping him away from other people, especially young kids. The children may not fully understand, but you really are watching out for them.
    09-22-2008, 11:57 PM
Haha thanks Jackie!

What an interesting artical Ladydreamer yeah my horse is certainly not that bombproof we sometimes even practice doing freaked half passes up the road. He has improved heaps & is getting better by the day.

Well I am glad you guys are thinking like me, my friend that rides with me agrees we often joke about them being little gremlins but so far Mel is more scared of the shadows on the bridge.
    09-23-2008, 12:25 AM
Safety first. Not only for you, but for your horse and the kids. Man, can you imagine what one of their mother's might say? Or, if your horse scares the heck out of a kid or injures him, that kid will never ever want to be near another horse in his life. How many adults do you know who "Rode one time and fell off." and never rode again.

Who knows what your horse might think is going to eat him.
    09-23-2008, 04:41 AM
One of the things that *really* helped me was telling them if they are barefoot, insurance wouldn't allow it. All the neighborhood kids knew if they wanted to be anywhere near my horse, they had to have 'real' shoes on. (not flip flops, tennis shoes, or clogs.) One little girl *hated* shoes, but she always wanted a ride. (in our buggy). You should have *heard* her screaming when we'd leave without! There were 2 rules. You had to wear shoes. You had to tell Mom where you'd be.
Guess I'm a meanie too, eh?
    09-23-2008, 06:51 PM
I don't think it's mean at all you have to do what's best for you and your boy
    09-24-2008, 12:35 PM
If your horse tramples one of the kids, or nips a finger.... guess who is in trouble?

I say nope, my insurance won't allow it.

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