Originally Posted by Barry Godden
We are talking about the horses reacting to children - the fascinating thing is to watch children and handicapped adults reacting to horses.
This mentally challenged lady, about 35 comes to the barn with her aunt. For her birthday they had given her a halter and a lead line. She is so proud of having her own horse stuff. While severely mentally diasabled she can tell you the name of every one of the 25 horses on the farm, every one.
We let her go and get my spirited arab and with her he is so gentle. She will take him out the lane to graze and you watch her leaning on him, talking to him. Sometimes she comes back into the barn without the horse?? She forgot and just ran back to the barn to tell us how good he is for her and forgets to bring him along. He just keeps on eating and she goes back out to him.
We will sometimes saddle him for her and let her ride him but I learned recently that she has a steel rod all the way down her back and if she falls of she could be crippled. I am worried about letting her have him after learning that.
This spirited arab just knows that this person is special and he acts so carefully around her.
As for breed? Any older laid back horse, not too tall, not to heavy will do as long as they exibit this gentle behavior.