Went to daughters first horse & pony 4-h meeting last night (yeah, I didn't miss those, lol). Anyway, they were going thru the handbook and a few things....surprised me.
These are for when at 4-H H&P events:
1. No shorts will be worn when around a horse. This includes leading, bathing, cleaning stalls, etc.
~ granted I rarely wear shorts anyway, but it can get insanely hot/humid around here in the summer. At the fair when kids are on barn duty, they must stay by the stalls and there's not really any great source of ventilation so it gets HOT in the barns. So not only do the kids get hot, but the horses as well.
2. Fans are not to be hung on the stalls, this includes outside of the stall.
~ refer to my comment for #1
3. Shirts must have sleeves. Tank tops and cap sleeves are not acceptable.
~ I don't know about you but I ride in tank tops 99% of the time in the summer. I'm not looking forward to treating J for heat stroke every time we go.
4. Parents are not allowed to assint 4-H member in any way (that hasn't exactly changed, just the extent of it has. Parents used to be able to help saddle, load in the trailer, be a brush box before they go in the ring, etc. mainly for the younger kids, once we all go to be about 13 most of the stuff we could do on our own. They were just never allowed to ride or school a horse directly.).
~ to a point I understand this one. However, J only reaches midway to Odie's shoulder, there's no way she can put the saddle on herself or has the strength to. Not to mention tightening the girth. She's 9 and 5' he's 16.1hh and 1100 lbs, she's just learning and he's a big boy. If she needs my help, I WILL STEP IN and not just in an emergency. If it means me tightening the girth so she doesn't fall off, than so be it. It doesn't mean I'm going to braid, bathe, etc for her, but I will be RIGHT there until she's ready to handle it on her own.
5. First year members are required to attend x number open arenas (little clinics).
~That's fine, but one of the instructors of a required open arena and I DO NOT get along (loooonnngggg story). I don't want my J learning her methods, period. If J can go to just get used to the arena and the instructor leaves her alone, fine.
6. Familys are REQUIRED to bid / purchase items at the potluck fund-raiser.
~ I will be more than willing to donate as much time and help out where I can, but I'm not made out of $$.
I was in this exact project for 12 years, a lot of us have come back with our kids, but there's a lot of "new" people. US "old crew" all agreed, we don't like where/what it's seem to become I was honestly hoping I could just slide back in, guess not.
OK, rant over...I think