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post #1 of 13 Old 07-31-2016, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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Red face Etiquette question from newbie?

Hello,
I am so new to the horse world, but I have a deep respect for the dedication I see from all parties involved in this culture.

My 4.5 year old daughter started riding last month. She LOVES it.
She LOVES her lesson horse. At some point, probably closer to Christmas, she is already talking about what we can get her horse.
I would like to purchase something that could be used for the horse, like maybe a saddle pad, etc. But is this ok to do? I didn't know if this would be taken as me saying the stables NEED better supplies or something. I wasn't sure if students ever treat their lesson horse to something special. Thanks in advance for answering!
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-31-2016, 10:22 AM
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A lot of the girls at my friend's lesson barn have personalized tack. I think it is a great idea! Get it monogrammed or have a nick name put on it! Cute!

In our culture, pictures of cute children on lesson horses are required!!!! Haha!

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post #3 of 13 Old 07-31-2016, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much for your reply. I couldn't figure out how to put a picture into a post, but I did figure out how to make one my avatar.
So my avatar is my daughter, Eden, showing her appreciation to her lesson horse, Misty. I hope she always remembers to show her horse the gratitude she deserves after a great lesson!
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post #4 of 13 Old 07-31-2016, 11:03 AM
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You can always ask her instructor for a recommendation of what to get. Lots of lesson kids will bring their own tack and dress up the horse so I'm sure your instructor won't take offense.
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post #5 of 13 Old 07-31-2016, 12:08 PM
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My barn is overrun with pink glittery tack, so - go ahead :)

Pink glittery tack clashes terribly with chestnuts but it never stopped a single little girl so don't let it stop you either (the lesson horse looks chestnut on my screen)
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post #6 of 13 Old 08-01-2016, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much for the replies!
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post #7 of 13 Old 08-01-2016, 09:14 AM
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The barn here has fleece pads for cushion and many of the girls have the quilted square pads in their favorite colors that are monogrammed with their names, initials or horse related items like a jumping horse or helmet and boots or horse shoes in the corner of the pad. They aren't given to the owner for a specific horse if that is what you were asking. Several of the younger girls have their own grooming kits that they bring as well even though the BO provides kits for the kids to groom with. The older girls often have their own tack that is fitted by the BO so that there are no fit issues.
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post #8 of 13 Old 08-01-2016, 09:20 AM
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Hi Littlewing!

Above all else, horses love treats. Ask the horses owner if an occasional after-lesson treat would be acceptable. Slices of carrot, or apple, horse cookies, or even a peppermint are all appreciated. It doesn't appear that quantity is as important as the act of giving.

Mine all look forward to a cup of sweet-feed after a ride. And believe me, they anticipate this, and generally come into the barn and stand in the doorway to the feed room to "help" me get it ready for them :-)

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The barn here has fleece pads for cushion and many of the girls have the quilted square pads in their favorite colors that are monogrammed with their names, initials or horse related items like a jumping horse or helmet and boots or horse shoes in the corner of the pad. They aren't given to the owner for a specific horse if that is what you were asking. Several of the younger girls have their own grooming kits that they bring as well even though the BO provides kits for the kids to groom with. The older girls often have their own tack that is fitted by the BO so that there are no fit issues. The kids rotate through horses here but if they would be assigned horses I would expect that the kids would want to get the horses presents. I would also assume the BO/Trainer/Instructor would not be offended.
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I've always preferred to use my own saddlepad. This way, it makes it more 'personal' and it's super cute! :) Nothing wrong with it at all. I agree with asking about the treats as well- I've always brought some carrots, or some apple slices to my lessons!

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