It isn't the kids, my friends. It's their parents, and the mores of today. When I was a kid (and when my kids were kids) we knew what discipline was. Kids weren't allowed to run wild. Kids learned how to behave whether they were around livestock or not. Good behavior meant that if a kid didn't know they weren't supposed to go behind the horse, a simple "don't go behind the horse" meant the mistake would not be repeated. If it was repeated, a spanking would be in order.
My girls grew up in the country - and had the run of our property and the neighbor's pastures. In the summer, I saw them at breakfast, lunch and dinner - maybe a snack or two, and the rest of the time they were playing in the woods...outside in the fresh air - NOT in front of the TV.
My step grandkids are fairly new to the country, and were not raised in such a manner that they could develop any common sense, so they cannot be allowed the run of the property and the neighbor's places. It's really sad. Some people think I'm too hard on the grandkids - I won't allow them near the horses without me right there with them, but you would think differently if you saw the incredibly stupid things they do! I have lost count of how many times I've told them you are NOT to swing on the horse's tails, or NOT to stick their hands down in the horse's feed tubs while the horses are eating.
I wish I had my step grandkids from the very beginning - like I did with my kids and my own grandkids - but the damage has been done. My step grandkids are the reason most people don't want kids around their horses, and I can't blame them. They are learning, but I really fear that one of them is going to get hurt - or hurt one of my horses before they learn and practice what they learn...
Plain Old Dee, horses Dancer and Rain I believe in dragons, unicorns, good men and other mythical creatures!