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post #41 of 42 Old 02-16-2009, 01:13 PM
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Hmm, I hadn't thought about that.
I used to work at a ranch that dealt with handicapped kids... Generally speaking, we liked using the shorter, stocky horses, that way, if the kid somehow fell (near impossible with 3 helpers to each horse!) it wouldn't be a far fall and/or the helpers would have a better chance of catching the kid.
Also, trying to load up a child with disabilities is hard on a good day, with a child that is fairly cognitive... Denny is 16.2hh... Not exactly ideal.
Of course it is a good idea, and I will contact a few people around the area that are involved in therapeutic riding.
*sigh* this is all very daunting...

Regarding keeping him while owning a friesian foal... if I could, I would. That would be ideal. BUT - what if they both get hurt at the same time? Double vet bills? I would rather afford one really well and not worry at all...
No doubt. When I had the 2 horses I managed to pay double everything as well for halters, coolers, feed and their feet, shots, deworming. All those things were somewhat gradual as they never all had to be done at the same time so its duable but no doubt. It's generally a lot more stressful and complicated to manage 2 horses.

The other BIG MASSIVE bonus is general horse care. I LOVE (and its going to sound selfish) but I LOVE going to the barn knowing that alllll my time is going to be spent on Cobalt. It's actually a lot less stress to know that when I go there I can spend my attention, time and effort only on him. Going to be a lot nicer for showing as well, just one horse, one focus, one set of entry fees etc etc.

I honestly really enjoyed owning multiple horses at once but I really got a whole new appreciation with just the one and I would never go back to owning more than one.
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post #42 of 42 Old 02-16-2009, 01:25 PM
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Hmm, I hadn't thought about that.
I used to work at a ranch that dealt with handicapped kids... Generally speaking, we liked using the shorter, stocky horses, that way, if the kid somehow fell (near impossible with 3 helpers to each horse!) it wouldn't be a far fall and/or the helpers would have a better chance of catching the kid.
Also, trying to load up a child with disabilities is hard on a good day, with a child that is fairly cognitive... Denny is 16.2hh... Not exactly ideal.
Of course it is a good idea, and I will contact a few people around the area that are involved in therapeutic riding.
*sigh* this is all very daunting...

Regarding keeping him while owning a friesian foal... if I could, I would. That would be ideal. BUT - what if they both get hurt at the same time? Double vet bills? I would rather afford one really well and not worry at all...
Just my $0.02 re: Denny's height and therapeutic riding. I volunteer at a riding center now that works with adults and children, and honestly, it's not about the horses' height. It's alll about temperament and willingness to learn. The place I volunteer at has two babies that are pretty green when it comes to therapeutic riding (one 6 yo. Draft cross mare and a 5 yo. QH) but the center is teaching them the ropes.

Most center come equipped with ways to assist riders onto horses, no matter how short the rider or tall the horse. Lifts, ramps, you name it. Maybe ones by you don't have those types of set ups, but I really don't think they'd turn away Denny because he's too tall

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