Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
PLEASE be sure to make sure your pony is well turned out, and that you have another horse-experienced person with you. This person will need to be able to scoop poop, put children on/off, potentially side walk, help control excited children that are waiting, etc. I had a horrifying experience with a 'company' who came to one of my therapy client's birthday parties. I was there only as a guest, but when they truck showed up with two very small ponies (one was a stud, the other a gelding) for the 4-10 year old kids, ratty halters and saddles, and the saddle TIED ONTO the pony's backs and knotted around their chests to stay on, I stepped in. Not only did this man have miniatures (that he insisted weren't minis, but they were smaller than my 34" tall mare...no one rides her at all) he was the only one there with both horses AND a petting zoo, and he would just drop the pony's lead ropes or let the kids lead the ponies around with kids on their backs while he went to scoop poop, and he traipsed through other people's yards with his ponies. It was a disaster. He even let the stud pony trot with the kids bouncing around on his poor back. I was horrified, and the party guests were disgusted.
I share that to say that you need to make sure you think about every aspect of this, have a schedual of when you will arrive/leave, have someone to help you, make sure your horse is bombproof, decide the weight limits, etc. A well turned out pony is amazing but a poorly planned and executed job will leave customers upset.
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