NOW LET US ADDRESS THE HORSE BROKE CHILD
Look for our funny hints that your child might be horse crazy a little later today!
1. Has your child been taught basic horsemanship such as how to properly approach a horse, lead a horse, walk around a horse, make a horse back up?
2. Is this a horse that you want your child to learn to ride on or has your child already been taking lessons? It really is better for a child to take lessons first at an established barn with seasoned lesson horses. That way your child will get a good foundation.
3. Is your child gonna to stick with riding? Is this just a phase? Have they pestered you and pestered you to go ride horses? The last thing you want to do is buy a horse just to turn around and sell it again.. (Referring back to #2.. Taking lessons is often an excellent idea so that you can know if this is going to be something they want to commit to.)
4. Does your child persevere? Are they going to give up just because they can’t master something on the first try? Are they going to be upset when they join the “Dusty Butt Club”?
5. Is your child responsible? Will they take care of the horse like it deserves? Will they go out in the snow and cold to feed the pony (go down to your boarding barn) Will they properly warm up and cool down the pony? Are they willing to put in the effort? (Hint, if it is a big battle for you to get your child to water the dog or cat, owning a horse is not for them)
6. Is your child good at following directions and taking instruction? The last thing you want to happen is for your child to ignore good advice while directing a 900 pound animal.
7. Is your child timid around horses? This type of child takes a special horse. Horses are very intuitive and can sense what is inside of a person. You may need the input of a seasoned horse person to help you find a good match for this child. You are looking for one that can instill a sense of confidence in your child and be exceptionally quiet.
8. Does your child have a respect for the feelings of animals? Nothing makes us cringe more than to see a child jerking on a horse’s face and whacking them with a crop while yelling about “this stupid horse”. There is a difference between a child who is learning to ride and is therefore using the reins to balance (who someone is hopefully coaching to overcome this) and a child who is just being plain old insensitive to the fact that their steed has feelings.
9. and finally, and PROBABLY MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL!!! HAS YOUR CHILD BEEN TAUGHT THE ONE-REINED or ONE-HANDED STOP? This tool could quite literally save your child one day down the road. We hope that all instructors will teach this to your child almost from the very beginning. It doesn’t matter if your horse does not know it (although it certainly helps);only that the rider does!
This little fella is one of our most famous rescues. Many people followed Turner’s story as his leg was corrected. Heart of Phoenix will be publishing a book featuring Turner as a fundraiser! We hope to have it released before Christmas season for all those relatives of pony loving children! Here is Turner’s video if you haven’t seen it!
Heart of Phoenix has a pretty awesome announcement. . .
Our board of directors decided that it was in the best interest of the rescue to invest in a heavier duty, newer truck given how often we haul horses instead of repairing the older truck. Safety and knowing we will not break down with horses in the trailer is paramount, especially given the distance we haul often.
The great folks at Old VicDonalds Farm, who have kindly helped HOP in the past, let us buy this truck for many thousands under book value to give the rescue the best truck for the money possible.
Thanks to the Tractor Supply Contest win and the matching offer we had last week on likes and donations, we are able to purchase this truck, cover the rescue intake costs of two horses (Schmidtty and the senior STB) and buy 20 round bales of hay and square bales for winter!
While $10,000 does not last long in rescue, we are so THANKFUL we were able to have so many needs met with this amazing contest win!
The dodge truck will be sold, as is, in order for the rescue to buy a large flatbed trailer for hauling large loads of hay, which will work out great!
— with Tinia Creamer.