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  • Would it be okay if my 3 year old niece walked around with my horse and me in conformation?

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    09-03-2012, 11:57 AM
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Yearling
Starting lessons

I have shared parenting with my daughter, and since her father lives so far away, we settled on a "2 week on, 2 week off" arrangement.

For the 2 weeks I have her, I don't get to see my horse at all since my horse is kind of a crazy and I don't want her around my daughter, who is 3. I have been battling with maybe putting her in daycare while I go ride on my days off since she loves daycare and never wants to leave...but daycare is so expensive! And besides, I only get so much time with her, I really want to spend the 2 weeks I have her, with her.

And then it occured to me...

I am boarding my horse at the facility that first taught me how to ride. Same instructor, different horses since it was so long ago...

So I called the BO and set up a lesson program for my daughter. She is 3, will never leave the lungeline, and she will be on quiet horses with slow, smooth trots.

I think my old instructor might have sensed some hesitance in my voice when she mentioned the trot, because she emphesised their slow, smooth stride. I know the horses and I shouldn't be so worried because my daughter is in good hands. This woman is very gentle and very slow, and always kept me safe when I was riding under her, so I shouldn't worry.

I have to resist the urge strap her up in her elbow and knee pads and whatnot...I always said that I wouldn't allow her to ride until she was old enough and her reaction time is better (around 7 or 8 years old...maybe 43?). But I think this would be good for her, if I can get past my heart attacks, and that it is something we could do together when she's here.

Lessons cost way less than daycare and even if I can't ride Raina while I'm out (since I will be more focussed on watching the lesson), it will still give me some barn time.

I'm excited for her. I haven't told her yet because she will be asking about it until it happens (11am tomorrow!), but I'm excited and a little worried. I just can't help but worry. I'm glad someone else is teacher her and not me...
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    09-03-2012, 12:03 PM
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Yearling
I can get you bubble wrap & duck tape from my work! Wrap my son from head to toe all the time! LOL. From one super worrie wart mom to another, Breath, it will be ok
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    09-03-2012, 12:23 PM
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Weanling
Buy her a decent helmet and trust your instructor ;). We have a couple of 3 & 4 year olds who ride at our barn. Their horses are dead broke old geldings that just sigh and walk very carefully. I honestly think these old boys know that they are carrying precious cargo.

Good luck, I think you are doing a wonderful thing for your daughter and yourself. Don't forget to post pictures!
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    09-03-2012, 12:27 PM
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Yearling
She's so tiny and horses are so big...

I took my niece there when she was 5 for a lesson and this instructor took great care of her. Taught her how to groom, helped picked out the feet, and she never left the lungeline either. It was only a one time thing. My niece loved it but my sister didn't bother enough with it to give her a second lesson. Its $20 a lesson and she's a single mom too, so I can understand.

I plan on getting my daughter one lesson per week that I have her. She watches Spirit all the time, has about 100 horse toys and plays "horse" all the time, so I think she will enjoy it.

I just told her and now she wants to "Go bubyes to ride horses". I knew I shouldn't have told her but I couldn't help it...I'm excited :-D
     
    09-03-2012, 12:29 PM
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Yearling
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Buy her a decent helmet and trust your instructor ;). We have a couple of 3 & 4 year olds who ride at our barn. Their horses are dead broke old geldings that just sigh and walk very carefully. I honestly think these old boys know that they are carrying precious cargo.

Good luck, I think you are doing a wonderful thing for your daughter and yourself. Don't forget to post pictures!
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She will definitely have a helmet (and bubble wrap, and an eventing vest, and elbow and knee pads, and a mouth guard and wrist guards and shin guards...). The instructor has loads of them in different sizes and she won't allow anyone under the age of 18 to ride without one.

I'm going to ask to borrow a camera for pictures, otherwise I'll have to use my phone!
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