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post #1 of 12 Old 11-23-2010, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Children and horses (see thread for situation please!)

I am hoping this is in the right spot. :)

I just want to see what everyone response and reactions to this would be... And yes this did happen/is happening.

Say you see a picture someone you know posted... It is a picture of the person's cute child (about 2-years-old) on a horse...

The child happens to be on a horse, 15 or so hands, no helmet, no one next to said child, on pavement and with someone barely holding the horse in the picture.


What would you say/do in this situation?
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post #2 of 12 Old 11-23-2010, 10:08 PM
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I'd probably comment and say the kid needs a hat. At the very least.
But then, I'm outspoken like that.
In my opinion, a helmet with a safety standard should ALWAYS be worn if you're going to ride. No matter who you are or how experienced you are. Because you only have one head, and that head is fragile at the best of times.
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post #3 of 12 Old 11-23-2010, 10:09 PM
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I'd wonder how well trained the horse was first.
I know I saw a pic of a lady who had her 2-yr-old twins sitting astride her 3-yr-old, greenbroke stallion & thought it was pretty careless & gutsy of her, but I suppose if the person knows the horse well enough (& this lady had just gotten him back from a month of training) they know if it can be trusted.

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post #4 of 12 Old 11-23-2010, 10:18 PM
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I'm sorry, lilruffian, I have to beg to differ. No horse is completely bombproof. It's still an animal with a mind of it's own and there's always that chance of some freakish event causing the horse to run off, or do something silly. I've seen it happen.
But you used the right word. 'Careless' and I'd add in there, completely irresponsible.

It is not 'cool' to ride without a helmet! period.
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post #5 of 12 Old 11-24-2010, 08:00 AM
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I wouldn't say anything, but I am very non confrontational when it comes to other people's parenting. I know plenty of people who let their kids ride with no helmet. Although I don't agree with it, it's not my kid.
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post #6 of 12 Old 11-24-2010, 08:10 AM
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I would say something. The parent could just be ignorant of the dangers, and saying something could prevent injury to the child. It could just be a casual, "Hey, I know a child that got hurt that way, make sure you're careful doing pony rides."

My best friend got put on her grandmother's horse when she was two. The horse spooked, my friend fell, and now she has a messed up back for the rest of her life.
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post #7 of 12 Old 11-24-2010, 08:31 AM
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Tough situation.

We all do stupid things. If it was a good friend I would for sure try to nicely point out how unpredictable any horse is using lots of words about how you care so much about the child that you would not forgive yourself for not suggesting a side holder and helmet.
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post #8 of 12 Old 11-24-2010, 08:36 AM
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Well, this is a tough one for sure...as a concerned mom, I would most likely walk over to the child & stand next to her for protection. I can't stand by & watch a child get hurt. Plus I would maybe say something like "babies can't hold on very well, so it may be best to hold her until she has more experience". I like to believe that it is a lack of knowledge on a parent's part, but I have heard some parents say some really idiotic things too...so some people it may be impossible to educate!

I have seen some 2 yr old kids that would scream if you tried to take them off a horse, and some that would scream if you tried to put them on. It all comes down to the individual child & parent.
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post #9 of 12 Old 11-24-2010, 09:44 AM
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If that would be my friend/person I know, I'd say. If a complete stranger - not sure, probably not. Most people get pretty nasty/offended for the advice given (even given in most polite way possible).
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post #10 of 12 Old 11-24-2010, 09:53 AM
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Some of you are missing the point. The OP stated that it was a picture someone posted, not something she saw actually happening.

Since it's already a done deal, where's the sense in being confrontational?

If it's the picture of a friend's child, you might want to gently mention that next time it would be safer if she had on a helmet and an adult was standing nearby.

If it's a stranger, MYOB. They're not likely to take kindly to some random person ranting at them.
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