Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj
What disturbs the ever loving crap out of me isn't just the asinine woman and the child who's obviously going to get crippled at some point during his short life, but who on EARTH is running this freakshow? Seriously? How do they not have enough accidents to get themselves sued on a daily basis?
I used to work for a carnival, specifically doing pony rides. It was by far the most responsible setup I've ever seen. We had height and weight limits in place, and I had full rein to deny anyone. Bernice cared by far more about her ponies then about money. People would actually scream and complain because when it was 40 degrees celsius, all the ponies would get an hour break every hour (hour of rides, hour of quiet time). They were enclosed in a portable metal pen, and they were each individually led around by a handler to ensure our full attention. And I demanded parents walk with their children and HOLD them if they were under 2-3 years old. I actually had to get beligirent and kick people out at times because parents would be like "HE'S FINE, HE'S FINE!" as the kid is sliding off the flipping side and I'm doing the crabwalk shuffle trying to lead a pony and catch a kid at the same time.
People are stoopid.
I actually went to a zoo once where they did pony rides, my son was 2 at the time and I was going to pay for a ride for him until they informed me that parents were not allowed to stay with their child during the ride! No pony ride for him lol I'm sorry but i'm not going to let some stranger(who's knowledge of horses I don't know) lead my kid around on a pony I don't know with me behind a barricade 10 feet away. I thought that was the most ridiculous thing I ever heard.
Oh and as everyone already said over the 2+ years this post has been up, seat belts and horses are not a good combo!