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        01-19-2013, 12:40 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Wearing tanks and shorts does not make you any cooler, if anything in the sun it makes you hotter. I would have added substantial footwear to the dress code. I cringe everytime I see girls running around with flipflops, Seen a horrendous injury caused by this. Hanging fans and strung along extension cords along with hoses and wash racks, sounds like a commen sense safty issue to me. Also. The kids are there to learn. Not have mommy do everything for them.
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        01-19-2013, 01:23 AM
      #12
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Joe4d    
    wearing tanks and shorts does not make you any cooler, if anything in the sun it makes you hotter. I would have added substantial footwear to the dress code. I cringe everytime I see girls running around with flipflops, Seen a horrendous injury caused by this. Hanging fans and strung aolong extension cords along with hoses and wash racks, sounds like a commen sense safty issue to me. Also. The kids are there to learn. Not have mommy do everything for them.
    I agree they are there to learn, that's why I enrolled her. We all know parents know ABSOLUTELY nothing. :). BUT, if a child is physically not strong enough to do something, wouldn't it be better to have an adult there? I don't see that as doing everything for her, I see that as being a responsible parent. Let me put it this way, J must brush the horse by herself. If it's not done properly she has to do it again. She picks his hooves, I supervise. I get the saddle down ( it's on the top rack) but she has to put the saddle pad on and carry the saddle over to the cross ties. I will put the saddle on, but she has to attach the girth on the off side, put the breastcollar on and tighten the girth to at least the first hole (hunt saddle) more if she can. She then has to bridle him by herself. Lets just say thankfully he's patient with her because it's not pretty, lol.
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        01-19-2013, 01:33 AM
      #13
    Yearling
    Weird phone, sorry. Anyway...

    Physically she's not strong enough yet to tighten the saddle all the way. So if I tighten it, am I doing everything for her? Braiding: I'm a perfectionist when it comes to braiding/banding. BUT I know I'm going to have to get over it when she shows him. I will stand next to her and talk her through it, but she's doing the work. Is that doing everything? Clipping: seriously, would you let a 10 yr old newbie who's never seen it done clip YOUR horse?

    As for foot wear, I agree. Ppl who wear flip flops around a horse aren't the smartest to say the least.

    The fans. Cords can be safely and properly hung on the outside of a stall. It just takes common sense.
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        01-19-2013, 03:56 AM
      #14
    Trained
    The clothing restrictions aren't just about the heat, they are about being sun smart in general I would imagine. I insist on my kids going by the old "slip slop slap" when out in the sun - I do it for myself, why wouldn't I do it for them too?

    The weather here is frequently dry and scorching hot. If I am out in the sun for any length of time, I find myself far more comfortable in a long sleeve cotton shirt and jods than in shorts and a t-shirt. This is because the shirt and pants protect my skin from the direct sunlight, so I am not burning at all, which keeps my skin cooler. It also adds an insulating layer that allows a cool breeze to pass over the skin - allowing sweat to evaporate and thus function properly. As well as that, I usually select a light coloured shirt to reflect as much as possible, which will also keep me cool. And when it is really, really baking hot, a long sleeve shirt that has been wet in a trough is like a personal air conditioning system.
         
        01-19-2013, 08:48 AM
      #15
    Trained
    Also, it you fall off when riding in a tank top, you are very very likely to scratch your shoulders up badly. The sleeve rule has been a PC rule for a long time.

    Maybe you can get her a stool so she can tack up herself. That's what I did when I was a kid.
         
        01-19-2013, 02:03 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    That 9yo would probably surprise you with what they can and can't do, when given the choice of sit in the truck and cry, or tack up and ride. Currently you are giving her the choice of let mommy do anything hard. Id also add that horse probably isnt the best choice though. I know a couple skinny little 10 year olds and younger that quickly learned to tack up on their own when I showed them how to tie a girth at the girth instead of at the saddle. That way they can use their body weight to tighten it instead of upper body strength to lift up, any child big enough to get on a horse can tighten a girth. ( talking western here)
         
        01-19-2013, 02:22 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Joe, I understand what you are saying. And I agree, I was 8 and doing everything on my own & was a lot smaller than she is but was a lot more physically advanced than she is. She does however have some physical issues that we've been working with her on since she was a baby (she first was coordinated enough to run and jump after she turned 3). She's not technically disabled in any way, just behind physically for her age, she grew faster than her body/brain was ready for (if that makes sense). As a parent, I'm trying to find that balance of pushing her to much and not enough.

    We did that with riding a bike (pushed to hard). And she didn't want to have anything to do with it from the age of 4 to 7. She just learned how last summer. She still has a hard time pedaling, her legs just aren't string enough. It is getting better, it's just taking awhile.

    She's expected to push her body as far as she can when tacking up, I'm trying to teach her to work past that feeling of giving up. We just practiced today. She was able to use the stool to get the saddle on, but to finagle it into it's proper place was difficult. It was causing the horse discomfort as well as she was trying, thus me trying to find that balance of helping to much, not helping enough.

    Yes, her learning on a horse Odie's size isn't ideal. But it's what I have to work with, so I have to make due. She does use a stool when brushing and tacking up, always has.
         

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