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post #1 of 8 Old 08-02-2012, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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People These Days...

Well, today we had our town's annual parade Lots of fun and candy, lol. And horses! But I can't believe parents these days.
There was this girl, had to be only 5 or six, riding a pony in a tom thumb bit, and the poor horse kept tossing its head because the kid kept hauling on the reins, and when the horse stopped for her, she didn't release the pressure. And she had spurs on too. Great. And some of the other horses had some messed up contraptions on their faces/mouths.

But for the most part there was good riding and safe tack ( and lots of minis!). I just don't understand people anymore......
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-02-2012, 04:41 PM
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I don't mind strong bit/artificial aids as long as the rider knows how to use them - leading to your point - most children don't have the restraint and respect needed to moderate how they use things like that.

When I took some of my boss' ponies to our local show, in the gymkhana classes spurs, whips and shanked bits/gags where banned. I thought this was a good idea, as it's these classes that are mainly entered by kids, who can get incredibly competitive, and forget that those bits/spurs/whips can hurt in their pursuit of a rosette.
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All children don't have the knowledge, experience, reaction time or common sense to ride a horse appropriately. Give them stronger artificial aids is a recipe for disaster.

There was a 5 year old in a parade a couple years ago somewhere in America. Her parents put her in a parade alone, which was against parade rules in the first place. One of the horse drawn wagons lost control and her horse reared and dumped her. She was crushed under the wagon and died on the scene.

Typical example of bad parenting and the lack of reinforcing parade safety rules. I didnt follow the case all the way through, but I do believe they were going after the wagon owners for fault. In my opinion, the parents and parade officials were at fault.

Bad parenting is rampant when it comes to horses. Everyone wants to show their child off to prove they have the coolest little kid or calmest stallion. My 3 year old has only been on the back of a horse a handful of times, and all the while she had an adult on the ground holding her. I won't be injuring or losing her because I ignored common sense.
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-02-2012, 07:42 PM
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It's not people these days, people have always done this you're just starting to notice it now.

It's not just horses, many people do things without first learning what they need to know to do it properly.
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that's not a new problem at all. I've seen it the entire 10 yrs I've competed.

Its irresponisble parenting. But its everywhere.

There was a girl at county fair who only rode english (se was like 10? If that.) her parents put her in all the western classes (including barrels) so she could try to win highpoint.
She did barrels in an english saddle with no helmet. Her horse had never seen a barrel before so by the time she got done with the last barrel and started whippin her horse home he was completely freaked.
He ended up running head first into the bucking chute, snapped his neck and died, and the girl got thrown over the chutes and broke her back. She's now paralyzed from the waist down...just because her parents were greedy and wanted her to win.

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Roperchick that's horrible!
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I worded that really incorrectly and badly. I realize that this is a not a new problem at all. Just after all these years after going to the parade I have noticed stuff I didn't before, and made me a little upset by the way that the little girl had been treating her horse. ( I wasn't badmouthing spurs in my opening post, they can be a great tool, just in the hands, well, boots of a inexperienced person, EEP!) And I know that it could of been worse, I mean she wasn't downright mean and beating the living daylights out of it or anything, and I guess I got a little too worked up when I typed my first post out. Sorry if I happened to offend anyone out there.
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-03-2012, 01:25 PM
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understandable haha.
I still get really pissed when I go out to the rescue and see some of these "trainers" who think that the normal way of breaking is going to work for a 12 yr old recently cut, blind in one eye horse.....

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