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post #21 of 28 Old 03-03-2015, 12:23 AM
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I reckon it depends on the horse.
My horse isn't good around kids or blokes. He is a lady's horse, if I bring my little sisters or brothers along with me to see him or whatever, he gets very upset and anxious. He is a nervy horse on a good day, but blokes and kids turn him into a panicked mess, wether he has had a bad experiance previous to me owning him I don't know.
Then my brothers horse, who will swing his butt in my face, or not tolerate anyone but if there is a child around, he is the sweetest gentle horse ever, the little kids are able to cling off his halter and he will lift his head up and down, and once when one of my younger sisters was only three she was running directly behind him, and he just ambled along.
My sister who is currently three is often found sitting out on the pony, and she used to run between the legs of my dads Ottb....who is usually a very nervy horse when something sudden happens.

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My horse, Sonny, is a fairly hot headed retired barrel horse. He's not as hot as he used to be, but he's still pretty hot. He's the perfect level for me. Too hot for a novice, and probably too chill for a pro.

But oh my dear goodness does he just chill right out and get all gooey around the tiny humans. It's like he knows the exact skill level of the person getting on his back and adjusts his behavior accordingly.

He's amazing.

My sister's horse, Nick, is a rescue, and oh lordy. He's a handful. He likes to press his luck. He's not dangerous, but he's naughty. He can read the skill level of the person on his back and then he messes with them. Any decent rider can correct his behavior within a few minutes but a kid would be lost on him.
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post #23 of 28 Old 03-03-2015, 12:19 PM
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Nope, not at all....



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post #24 of 28 Old 03-03-2015, 12:48 PM
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My late mare adored children. I took her to several events where kids would crawl under, over, hang on her head, pull on her tail, get on her while she was laying down and all that creature would do was lick their hands and take it all. She was the best. Any kid could climb on her without adult supervision and that horse would just walk.

My rescue gelding interacts with children better but I have to watch him as sometimes he doesn't know his own size and could potentially hurt them. However, a lot of the little kids who come to the barn love cuing him to bow or shake hands. It's adorable to watch kids pick up a massive leg when he extends it to them and for a 16+ gelding to stand on three legs and wait for them to let him have his foot back! Now I don't think he would tolerate them in the saddle but only because his nervousness is with a rider.

My stud colt (while still a baby himself) adores kids because I think they're at the age when the mentality is much the same. He just plods along with whatever they do and will bring them sticks or jolly balls for them to throw, then he brings them back and they go at 'fetch' for hours. I know my boss' granddaughter climbed under his fence (being a slippery kid and disappearing from our side!) and got in with him one day when he was asleep on his side. The kid waltzed up to him, sat down beside him and proceeded to braid flowers into his hair. When he woke up he just grunted and wiggled around to put his head in her lap and let her go on.

Some horses are tolerant of kids and some aren't for all the examples of my three being good with kids I've met examples who weren't.
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post #25 of 28 Old 03-03-2015, 12:52 PM
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My mare adores kids; she is generally well behaved anyway but will go out of her way to accomodate a child.
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post #26 of 28 Old 03-04-2015, 05:15 AM
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Yes, that's my mare Misty for you. Fiesty, opinionated, strong, and a complete powerhouse for me to ride...she really is not an easy horse. But plop a beginner child/teen on her and she's a slow, steady girl who will go wherever you point her nose. I let my sister (who was 18 at the time) ride her - which means my sister had her arms straight out, heels up, pinching at the knee, and pulling on her mouth. Maybe Misty just likes to make me look bad LOL

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post #27 of 28 Old 03-05-2015, 04:25 AM
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I had a horse with very few manners come to me as a livery.

A friend of mine wanted to rode again so, whilst she took a horse out I was baby sitting her daughter aged about two.
I had been in this horse's stable and had taken his water buckets to refill. The tap was around the corner from the stable and being lazy I just put the kick bolt on his stable.
I heard a click and the child had undone the kick bolt and was standing with her arms around this horse's front leg saying. "Me ride now. Up please!"
The horse was looking down and then at me as if to say, "Please get this child off me!" Had he moved he would have harmed her.

When I was about ten, I'm instructor bought a horse that was an ex racehorse. She was clipping him and when she got near his head he was frantic and throwing himself all over the place.

I loved this horse and would spend ages just sat in his stable. The owner left him for a bit to settle and went to have a coffee.
Being the pesky kid, I picked up the clippers and ran them over his face whilst they weren't running, when I switched them on he never moved.
When the owner returned, I never saw her coming, she told me to try and clip the hair, I did, he barely moved.
I am sure it is because he never felt threatened by me.
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post #28 of 28 Old 03-05-2015, 09:05 AM
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My mare is a complete saint for children. I could probably put a newborn on her and she walk real slow in circles all on her own.
Adults, she is NOT fond of though. She will listen, but unless your cue for something is perfect and exactly the same as mine, she'll do her own thing.

She'll listen to kids though, no problem. She'll let them hang all over her, pull her tail, smack her, stick their fingers in her mouth, etc. No issues at all. She listens perfectly for me and children, any adult has quite the workout coming if they intend to do any riding on her. It's a struggle, I can only give very beginner lessons or very advanced lessons, no in between lessons on her, haha.
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