I cant stand people who let their kids loose period. It is dangerous and a problem for other people. I am there to compete or groom/ braid for other people NOT to babysit your feral children , if you let your kids ride bikes/run/ generally make a problem of themselves around my horse it is not my problem if they get kicked/trodden on/bitten. Like above , a couple of the horses I show / groom for are biters or kickers and they wear red ribbons to alert the surrounding people that they have a vice. Respect that people.
yes I agree that biting / kicking is somthing that should be trained out - but at the same time Im not going to let that stop me from competing. If you come to close it is your own fault - and if you cant control your children put them on those toddler leads - I have one for my own son , and while I rarely use it (infact have only used it twice while on international flights he wore it at the terminal - for those who have a problem with them , I would rather my toddler be secure on a toddler rein rather than lost in a country he dosent know that speaks a language he dosent understand - and besides, even in an english speaking country he couldent tell you his name/address/phone number if you asked him anyway) He hates it so much that the threat of being put on the rein keeps him close. And when im busy doing the horses he is secure in the truck - I clean it off and put down a large rubber mat that covers the floor and he can play in there / ride his trike around and can still see us as I have a roller gate that is fitted to the ramp opening that keeps him in and everything else out. hes safe and the horses are safe -
If I am moving around the grounds I often carry him in sling on my back for his own saftey (as I dont think that any small child is safe while at a show grounds and horses are moving around - for all I know , those horses have never seen a small person and might freak , he is safer off the ground on my back) This keeps him safe (and happy ! theres nothing worse than a screaming over tired toddler - he is quite happy asleep secure in his sling and I have both hands free for whatever.
bottom line people , control your children - they are YOUR responsibility and no body elses. If you cant control them , get a sitter for the day there is no excuse for putting your child in danger , and that includes not supervising them around large 'tame' animals.
maybe im a grump - but I do not see being '2/3/4' year old as a good enough reason for bad behaviour. Unfortunatly so many parents do feel that it is.