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post #1 of 28 Old 02-13-2015, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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do horses give kids a break?

I've noticed that the rescue horses tend to behave better for kids than adults. One of the women that comes to ride brought her kids today and *, who is usually fidgety and grumpy when being groomed stood quietly while the kids were all over him w/brushes. He stomps and snorts for me and the other adult volunteers.

Same w/the gruesome twosome. The gelding is notorious for making a big deal about being haltered and led to the evening corral. He pins his ears and snakes his head. It's all just a show but it gets old. For the young girl who volunteers he's perfect manners, lowers his nose into the halter etc.

Just wondering if anyone else has noticed this, if it's common knowledge etc.
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post #2 of 28 Old 02-13-2015, 02:29 PM
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It depends on the horse. My mare is generally nicer with children than adults on the ground, but she couldn't be led around by one - should would be likely to drag them to whatever she wanted. Also, when being ridden, she is not good for children. She will just ignore them and stop or walk back to the arena gate if there isn't an adult making her behave. She knows her size (17hh and heavy) and has zero scruples about using it to get her way.
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Our mare Lady loves kids. When an adult rides her, she will spend the first 10 minutes testing them, but she's an angel with a kid on her, every single time.
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Depends on the horse and what is being done with them. We have a couple that only barely tolerate kids, would take advantage and are only really good for (most) adults. Then we have one that any child can ride but she needs a strong adult personality for ground handling. Daisy, one of our draft mares, will let a child do just about anything and will listen when being ridden (not driven) by kids but will test an adult every time.
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post #5 of 28 Old 02-13-2015, 02:53 PM
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One of my horses acts like an angel with children. Give her an adult, she will make you work!

My other horse got kicked out of a therapeutic riding center because she would bite the handlers. BUT- in her defense I think it was for good reason. If she feels a rider become unbalanced, she will just stop. Won't move a muscle until you get your balance. Then she will walk on. Well, when you have kids with certain disabilities, they don't always stay balanced. She would stop, the handler would tug and tug on her halter to get her moving forward, and finally she would have enough of it and give out a little nip to the handler. One day she got a little too nippy and ended up breaking her handlers pinky finger.

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post #6 of 28 Old 02-13-2015, 07:29 PM
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Some horses like kids to hang with. Some horses like kids for snacks and chew toys. Many are in between. Pays to know your horse.
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post #7 of 28 Old 02-13-2015, 07:41 PM
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Some horses will not change a thing for a kid. Some horses will become a little more cautious and gentle. Some horses will become wilder.

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post #8 of 28 Old 02-13-2015, 07:42 PM
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Children are also much lighter than adults and so much more comfortable to carry around!

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post #9 of 28 Old 02-13-2015, 07:44 PM
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My old gelding LOVED kids. He was spooky, hot and prancy for adults. Most people who encountered him didn't particularly care for him. With kids, he was like a dead-broke, ancient trail horse. We used him as a bareback lesson horse for an 8yo little girl who was terrified of horses (had been thrown from a big warmblood at her previous lesson barn) in a French link snaffle. This is the horse that would spook at the wind and was ridden in a tie-down with a twisted wire snaffle by his previous owners because he was so difficult to handle.
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post #10 of 28 Old 02-13-2015, 09:02 PM
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it has been my experience that most horses seem to be really "nice" to kids. they will, however, start taking over, but it's usually not malicious. just them realizing they CAN get what they want.

I have seen horses carry kids around so nice, and be such dwerps for adults.
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