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Re:Camp: Kids around horses: Farfetched? wrote:
> In a message dated 2/27/99 6:56:49 AM Pacific Standard Time,
> writes:
> they've strayed too far.  I make no apologies for doing that, but their
> parents should.  Personally, I think a toddler has even less place at a ride
> than a loose dog (unless a parent is there full-time for him -- i.e. not
> riding).  Obviously this is a bit of a touchy subject for me, but an important
> issue for parents/riders to think about.
I agree with this. When our kids were growing up, (we have 5 children),
if we could not find a baby-sitter to stay with the kids at home, we did
not go. My husband and I missed  a lot of trail rides that way.
Sometimes he would stay home and I would go. I have seen people bring
babies and think that baby is going to ride in the sun or rain all day
on a horse. My youngest ones, (twins) are now 8 and they get to go on
trail rides this year. They started riding when they were 5, but we
didn't take then on trail rides until they were 7. And then just a
couple easier ones. I feel that if they can't ride the trail ride from a
horse and if they don't understand how to act around strange horses or
dogs, they don't need to be there. I understand that some people start
bring their kids on horseback when they are younger then 7 or 8. But for
Kate and Kayla that was the age that they were ready to start joining us
on trail rides.

Now we just need to figure out how we are going to take 5 horses when we
only have a 4 horse trailer. ;-)

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