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    03-17-2012, 11:44 PM
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Banned
Parade Training?

As many other young horse riders out there I have always wanted to ride in a parade! My horse is 12 years old, but hasn't been to a parade since she was 4 and whenever she was-- she saw her reflection in a mirror at one of the businesses and wouldn't leave it alone :p I myself am a pretty experienced western rider, not to "toot my own horn" or anything(; And I trust my horse COMPLETELY. But I want to explore ALL aspects of riding in a parade. I would rather be safe than sorry.

My main question is, is should I just go wing it in a parade or desensitize her? She is very good with things that are at parades, but I don't know how she would be with them ALL AT ONCE. Ya know? Like today I was carrying a banner for our Saddle Club and there was GREEN everywhere of course. And people throwing things.... So any suggestions? LOL.
     
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    03-18-2012, 09:15 AM
  #2
Weanling
You may not like my response, but I don't care for parades nor will I ever do another parade, too many things can go wrong and the general public is ignorant when it comes to horses and crowds in general.

Last year and the year before, our town has a big 4th of July parade. Both times, a team of draft horses were attacked by a big dog, one was a Pit Bull that someone let loose, biting the horses legs, belly and barking and snapping at them. The year after that the dog bit the horse in the nose, chest, and legs, the horses became dangerous and thank goodness the driver knew what to do and had a quick way to escape before it because a wreck. I have seen others throw fire works right in front of the horses, balloons flying and moving around, candy being thrown, etc...

I myself got talked into doing a neighboring towns "small" parade of mostly animals last December. We were asked to carry Santa and Mrs. Clause in our surrey and it was pulled by my most steady mare Smoke, who is a been there done that Percheron. When we got there, hitched up she seemed okay with the llama's, the pot belly pig in a tutu, all the sights and sounds. People in vehicles though, they cut me off, the sped by me, and while standing in line a dually truck came by me to get in front of me but couldn't so there I was, literally trapped, an ambulance behind me, the dually and flat bed next to me, and another vehicle and flat bed in front of me with screaming kids. Smoke did the parade, she pranced and danced the whole time, thank goodness I had 2 outwalkers with me. When we got back to the trailer I had a group move so I could go between two trailers, I turned Smoke then let her fast trot as the surrey isn't light and we were going up an incline. I was half way up, mind you she has brass bells on her harness, a lady walks out in front of me and when I yelled "MOVE" my husband grabbed her and jerked her out of my way. I would not of been able to stop Smoke on that incline without her sliding backwards from the weight or her jack knifing our carriage so I was fully prepared to run the woman over than risk my horse.

So, while you can prepare for a lot of things, personally, my horse and their health and well being are MORE important to me than some parade with screaming kids and people. Are horses expected in parades? Absolutely. My hat is off to those who can take their horse out and do that, but you cannot know what the crowd will do or control the people in it.

Good luck to you. Just my personal experience and .02 worth.
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    03-18-2012, 05:59 PM
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Green Broke
I am weighing in on the "great idea BUT" position. Seen too many things happen to ever really entertain the idea.

To wit: Firecrackers, toddlers darting out after penny candy, spectator reaching out to touch horse causing major spook, (they just darted out quickly) stroller falling over in front of horse, kids throwing beads, rocks, soda cans.

And have a friend that took her two horses in town parade right after moving here, horses well used to crowds, but what wasn't used to was a rider beside them throwing candy across everyone to the opposite side of street, hitting friend and her horse with it.

In towns without barricades on streets and major cops, there is too much of a risk for me to chance it. And another thing, if your horse does hurt someone? You can bet you will be sued.
     
    03-18-2012, 06:45 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by Palomine    
I am weighing in on the "great idea BUT" position. Seen too many things happen to ever really entertain the idea.

To wit: Firecrackers, toddlers darting out after penny candy, spectator reaching out to touch horse causing major spook, (they just darted out quickly) stroller falling over in front of horse, kids throwing beads, rocks, soda cans.

And have a friend that took her two horses in town parade right after moving here, horses well used to crowds, but what wasn't used to was a rider beside them throwing candy across everyone to the opposite side of street, hitting friend and her horse with it.

In towns without barricades on streets and major cops, there is too much of a risk for me to chance it. And another thing, if your horse does hurt someone? You can bet you will be sued.
Ahhh GREAT point....I forgot to mention, when we do any public event, as long as I am not getting paid for it, which I never ask for money, were covered for a million $$. While I keep that at the back of my mind, I don't ever put my horses, or myself, in any type of situation that may make me use that insurance.
     
    03-19-2012, 01:32 AM
  #5
Foal
R you riding with the saddle club? If you are, try to see if someone will be riding a horse that has been riding in them that is calm and stay close to them. Try to get someone that can lead/help you to walk along with you. Hope you have fun.
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    03-19-2012, 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted by GreySorrel    

I would not of been able to stop Smoke on that incline without her sliding backwards from the weight or her jack knifing our carriage so I was fully prepared to run the woman over than risk my horse.
As much as I live my horses, dogs, cats, etc. and as STUPID as some people can be......I feel people's safety or life is a higher priority. Glad it worked out for you though. That's my 2 cents!
     
    03-19-2012, 11:20 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by gigem88    
As much as I live my horses, dogs, cats, etc. and as STUPID as some people can be......I feel people's safety or life is a higher priority. Glad it worked out for you though. That's my 2 cents!
For me it is usually too Gigem88...however, the incline was a bit steep, the surrey is not light, even with no one in it, I had to go by one trailer and the other side was a drop off onto a cement walk way so...yes, I would of run the woman over and dealt with her later...my HORSE is my first priority and if someone can't look where they are going when they are around animals or realize what could of happen or just not pay attention and think, then too bad for them.

That is a very gruff way to think of it but that is how I feel. Smoke is not at fault for listening to my cue's to her while being driven, she wears blinders, and depends on ME to take care of her, just as I depend on her to take care of me and trust me while driving. If she had slipped off that incline or slipped backwards and jackknifed my surrey, is it worth loosing your horse, breaking her legs, or anything else or going through the trauma because one woman wasn't thinking or paying attention? Not for me, as Smoke is irreplaceable to me and to our farm. Believe me, that woman will think twice now before just bee bopping out and not paying attention next time.....my husband made sure of that!

And yes, in most instances, I prefer the company of my horses over most humans too...
     

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