09-09-2013, 11:18 PM
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^ during my mini mare's first parade I had her under cart, and she was still fairly green (had about 6 months of driving done, but only 4 years old) some crazy woman decided that it would be a great idea to run up to us in the middle of the parade and plop her 5-6 year old child on my mare's back...while walking, while attached to the cart- with no warning at all! I couldn't believe it! Thankfully my mare is quite used to kids and didn't do much more than flatten her ears (she's NEVER had a person on her back before and I'd hoped to keep it that way O_o) but it could have been a big mess.
So just make sure your mare is used to relying on you in scary situations. Theres no way you can desensitize her to every possible scenario in a parade, so be sure she knows to look to you when something scares her. Parades can be fun, but not if your horse doesn't know how to react.