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        11-05-2012, 09:42 AM
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    I gotta say that I agree with the person who questioned the good sense of putting a child on a horse that you know so little about , and who is so green. I think you will find a lot of folks agree with me, so don't be surprised about that sentiment. However, I am very glad it went well and that the horse has so much promise, so young. You lucked out!
    Never ever said she was green. Don't ASSume. Ask.
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        11-05-2012, 09:49 AM
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    Hope you don't get overconfident.....horses have a way of being very humbling when it comes to that, and with a little kid with no helmet....hmmm. I won't even let anyone in the barn without proper footwear, no less on the horse. And you in the saddle really makes no difference, IMO. Not the best judgement, but that explains why you thought the price was too high on another thread-you don't live there.
    Those two things don't really even relate or make sense? What does letting a kid ride a horse have to do with me thinking a horse is a little too expensive?

    Aren't we supposed to only comment on things pertaining to this thread?

    I've never worn a helmet in my life and probably won't. Just my personal preference. I know horses can be humbling. Obviously, I would never put my kid into a situation I thought was dangerous.

    She isn't green, and was a lesson horse for beginners her entire riding life. She did great for me in the round pen and he rode for 20 minutes with me right there.

    Haha he is a good little rider. Helps that he has been in the saddle since he could barely walk.
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        11-05-2012, 09:54 AM
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    Okay so, just realized this title was totally misleading. First ride for US on the horse. Not first ride for the horse ever. I would NEVER DO THAT EVER.

    Prior to this, she was a lesson horse for beginners and had been ridden pretty much daily. I had seen 8-10 videos of her at a w/t/c and doing an obstacle course and things like that. I had worked her on the ground this week and ridden her 30-45 minutes before I let him on.

    This horse is broke. This isn't the first time she has been ridden, just the first time she has been ridden by me. Haha, I do realize that sounded a little crazy!
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        11-05-2012, 09:55 AM
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    Never ever said she was green. Don't ASSume. Ask.
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    I was assuming the horse was green to YOU. You said you saw 10 videos of her and bought her sight unseen, rider her around for 30 minutes and popped your son on without a helmet, clothing or footwear.......sorry but don't bite people who make that assumption.....I did too. I'd never ever ever put my kids on a horse without a helmet or footwear.......let alone a horse who is virtually an unknown quantity......the time it takes to put a helmet and footwear on is minimal, compared to the consequences of them having a wreck helmetless.....sorry if this bothers you, but I don't drive around with my kids unbuckled in the truck either.....
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        11-05-2012, 09:59 AM
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    I was assuming the horse was green to YOU. You said you saw 10 videos of her and bought her sight unseen, rider her around for 30 minutes and popped your son on without a helmet, clothing or footwear.......sorry but don't bite people who make that assumption.....I did too. I'd never ever ever put my kids on a horse without a helmet or footwear.......let alone a horse who is virtually an unknown quantity......the time it takes to put a helmet and footwear on is minimal, compared to the consequences of them having a wreck helmetless.....sorry if this bothers you, but I don't drive around with my kids unbuckled in the truck either.....
    And neither do I? He was just out watching, playing in the dirt and wanted to jump on. She was a beginners lesson horse and she was calm, cool and collected. We rode in a 40 foot pen, not down the free-way.

    I remember me and my sister jumping on my dads young horses bareback when I was 8 and 9 years old and racing them full speed down to the barn and jumping off right before they slid to a stop. I'm still alive and well.
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        11-05-2012, 10:08 AM
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    And neither do I? He was just out watching, playing in the dirt and wanted to jump on. She was a beginners lesson horse and she was calm, cool and collected. We rode in a 40 foot pen, not down the free-way.

    I remember me and my sister jumping on my dads young horses bareback when I was 8 and 9 years old and racing them full speed down to the barn and jumping off right before they slid to a stop. I'm still alive and well.
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    Yeah and that was probably before seatbelts, car seats and in some parts of the world bike helmets became mandatory, for good reason.....

    In today's world with all the research and evidence of the damage caused to the brain when not protected with a helmet, why would you not practice due diligence and take a minute to protect his head??? I don't know, it's ok if you don't want to wear a helmet, it's your head, but a child doesn't have a clue just how badly damaged their brain can be in a bad wreck, therefore as parents it's our responsibility to protect them because they cannot make informed choices at such a young age....just saying.....
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        11-05-2012, 10:08 AM
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    Is this thread for real? Did the OP really put her toddler son on a brand new, four year old horse? With no helmet, shoes, or clothing?

    At the riding stable I used to work at, people used to ask all the time to ride double with their young children but we never allowed it, because if the horse spooks and the riders fall, the adult will almost always land on top of the child.

    Not worth the risk, IMO, and I cannot believe anyone with any horse sense whatsoever would actually BRAG about endangering their child's life.

    Call me overprotective/careful but my son will NEVER ride double with me, and will NEVER even so much as sit on a horse without a helmet.
         
        11-05-2012, 10:15 AM
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    Wait ... a beginners lesson horse? Didn't you state she was a 4 y/o? I'm confused. And didn't you just get kicked? Was that by this horse or another one or am I messing up posts in my head?

    Anyways, is your horse and your kid *shruggin*
         
        11-05-2012, 10:23 AM
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    Wait ... a beginners lesson horse? Didn't you state she was a 4 y/o? I'm confused. And didn't you just get kicked? Was that by this horse or another one or am I messing up posts in my head?

    Anyways, is your horse and your kid *shruggin*
    She is 4 and will be 5 in April and is an extremely good horse and was a lesson horse for 2 years for kids.

    Some people have more than 1 horse, so yes another one kicked me ;)

    He was on her for 20 minutes people and it was fine, I would never put him in danger. Give me a breaaaaaak.
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        11-05-2012, 10:24 AM
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    Yeah and that was probably before seatbelts, car seats and in some parts of the world bike helmets became mandatory, for good reason.....

    In today's world with all the research and evidence of the damage caused to the brain when not protected with a helmet, why would you not practice due diligence and take a minute to protect his head??? I don't know, it's ok if you don't want to wear a helmet, it's your head, but a child doesn't have a clue just how badly damaged their brain can be in a bad wreck, therefore as parents it's our responsibility to protect them because they cannot make informed choices at such a young age....just saying.....
    This made me chuckle. I'm 21, I don't think I ever lived before seatbelts were mandatory.

    He competes in rodeos and doesn't wear a helmet, none of the 50 kids do. He will be just fine.
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