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post #1 of 16 Old 11-23-2012, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Finding time to ride when your babies are young?

So, I have a gorgeous, perfect 18 month old son. I have such a hard time finding time to ride! I can't justify paying a babysitter so I can go ride. My husband works and goes to school so there's no way I would ask him to watch the baby in the few hours he has to rest and recuperate. The only family in town that could watch him all work too late for me to go riding. Theres no way I could bring him with me to the barn, it's simply wayyyy too dangerous. So, do I just need to wait til he's older? What did you guys do when yours were young or what do you do now? Or does anyone have any ideas?
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post #2 of 16 Old 11-25-2012, 01:18 AM
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Well I took mine riding with me. Trail rides and all. If that's not an option for you and you don't or can't pay for a baby sitter, then I'm not sure what tour other options are.
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I have a daughter a little younger and we live on the property so for now she enjoys feeding them carrots and petting noses. When it comes time to ride she is given to daddy to watch, and there are the odd weekends where the grandparents want to spend the time with her, so I take every chance I can get to work around the ranch or ride.
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Well I took mine riding with me. Trail rides and all. If that's not an option for you and you don't or can't pay for a baby sitter, then I'm not sure what tour other options are.
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Really? That's awesome. I don't know if I'm brave enough to do that! Haha! The horses I ride don't belong to me. I had to sell my horse earlier this year. I have only been riding these for about 4 months so I don't trust any of them well enough to bring my son. Maybe eventually.
What age did you start bringing yours along? Did you put them in a baby-backpack thing or just sit them on your lap?
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She was around 2 when I started taking her. She absolutely loved it. She sat in the in front of me. I thought about the backpack thing. I figured if we had a fall or accident, it would be easier for me to roll her off with me and not land on top of her of her if she was loose and I could grab her lol.
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post #6 of 16 Old 11-26-2012, 12:01 PM
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I would find a girl to come watch your kiddo while you ride. Maybe trade rides or lessons on one of the more broke horses? Maybe there is a neighbor kid (10-14) who would sit with him in a safe area. I know there are thousands of girls that would LOVE to just get to be around a horse, maybe even for free? I would have.

I live out in the boonies so that wasn't an option for me. In the warmer months I would call DH and tell him I was riding, put the kid down for a nap or with toys in a playpen on the porch and ride around in the yard. DH also comes home for lunch so I'd get that ready, tack up a horse and be waiting for him to come eat.

It's sweet that you are letting DH rest... But you need to keep up with your riding for your sanity. They also need time alone to bond. Even if it's just once a week for an hour and a half, that's not too much to ask! I was a SAHWM, so I was working, running the farm, the house, taking care of the kid... He went to the office from 9 to 5, but had to work most weekends. So after a few melt downs I started putting my foot down and taking some time for me. It's best for EVERYONE!

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Hey! That's a good idea flygap! I bet I know some horse crazy kids who could watch him for an hour or so. My little brother is 9, and while very responsible and good with the baby, I think it would be asking too much of him for right now. When they're both a little older maybe. I could trade lessons, that's actually the reason why I have anything to do with these horses, I use them to teach lessons. Thanks for the idea flygap!
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my boyfriends dad used to put him in a playpen with the dog when he was working on their farm....until the dog chewed the playpen and they both escaped.

He also would set him on the ground [we he was like 2yo] when he had to climb up a silo and tell him 'dont move, don't move, don't move.' hahaha he would usually come down and find him nearby..

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It's sweet that you are letting DH rest... But you need to keep up with your riding for your sanity. They also need time alone to bond. Even if it's just once a week for an hour and a half, that's not too much to ask! I was a SAHWM, so I was working, running the farm, the house, taking care of the kid... He went to the office from 9 to 5, but had to work most weekends. So after a few melt downs I started putting my foot down and taking some time for me. It's best for EVERYONE!
Yep. I send my hubby to ride our (almost 8 weeks) son in a stroller around the neighborhood while I'm riding. I agree - best for everyone: hubby gets some exercise (and spend some time with the baby), and I have my time off to keep my mood up.

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I rode before DH went to work & DD was sleeping or did like Fly suggested and had a responsible lesson student hang out with her while I rode in trade for extra lessons or let babysitting time add up for awhile & took her off property trail riding. DD is now 7 and very much adores that particular student.
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