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AIBU to not want to take my 8mth old DD horse riding??

(43 Posts)
mangohedgehog Tue 12-Feb-13 19:44:44

Is it just me? I think I would be mad to do this!

DM wants to arrange pony trekking for the whole family. I have not sat on a horse for 20 years. DM thinks that baby DD can come on the horse with me. Apparently the stables has a special baby seat. No special baby riding hats though (they are in Greece).

Has anyone on here ever taken a baby on horseback?

MamaBear17 Tue 12-Feb-13 21:07:17

That would be completely insane. Tell your MIL that you and baby will watch from the sidelines. What if the horse jolted and you lost your grip? Go with your gut, it isnt safe so do not do it!

HollyBerryBush Tue 12-Feb-13 21:08:16

I wouldnt recommend it but I have photos of my G/grandad colt taming with his new born daughter in the crook of his arm. Them's were the days! But he was a born gaucho

thebody Tue 12-Feb-13 21:08:54

Definatly no. Greece is not known for their health and safety laws.

Tell her to fuck off.

MamaBear17 Tue 12-Feb-13 21:09:00

Sorry DM, not MIL. My confusion stems from the fact that when my dd was 9 weeks old my MIL wanted me to take dd on a rickety paddle boat!

rollmopses Tue 12-Feb-13 21:11:29

Absolutely ridiculous idea. There's no such thing as a bomb-proof horse and you do not want to have a baby with you, without a proper hat at that, when you find that out.
Totally mad.

mangohedgehog Tue 12-Feb-13 21:12:48

Good, I'm glad it's her that's mad and not me!

No fucking way. I'll tell her that then

gordyslovesheep Germany Tue 12-Feb-13 21:14:44

No way YANBU - we all ride but I would not have let my 8th old do so! and mine never ride without a hat!

RafflesWay Tue 12-Feb-13 21:15:24

YADNBU op! What if for any reason your dd proves to be allergic to horses?
We found out our dd has this allergy at her first attempt at riding for the disabled - she is SEN and was 8 at the time - and she had an horrendous reaction which could be life threatening to someone so young let alone the thought of trying to balance an 8 month old on such a massive animal to such a small child.
Stick to your guns OP!

poodletip Tue 12-Feb-13 21:20:38

YADNBU that sounds insane!

Lovecat Tue 12-Feb-13 21:28:28

Is it in Crete, by any chance? DH and I went riding there years before DD and it was a bloody nightmare - we're both experienced riders and we struggled with the horses, they were used to doing what the hell they wanted and carted several people off into a vineyard we passed to have a quick snack, kicked out at each other, decided they didn't want to walk - absolute chaos as most of the riders were completely inexperienced and there were about 20 of us which was far too many. Plus, yes, local youths thought it v. funny to jump out and spook the horses.

If it is the same people, all I can think is that they also have a horse drawn carriage for non-riders and possibly they mean you ride in that with your baby - but even then I'd be wary!

Glad you've decided no way smile

Midori1999 Tue 12-Feb-13 21:39:30

It's insane and very dangerous. The chance of something happening are small, but the consequences if it did could be huge.

I have had horses all my adult life until the last few years and can't wait to get DD on a pony hopefully, but not until she's at least three, unless its a potter on a friends pony with me holding onto her.

SomethingProfound Tue 12-Feb-13 21:42:16

YADNBU.

Total madness!

Show her this thread!

spiritedaway Tue 12-Feb-13 22:06:42

Actually i think it could put the baby at risk of shaken baby syndrome. Every post i make seems to reference my mental ex but he wanted to take our baby off road cycling in a back pack. . 6 months. I was so concerned i spoke to my gp who as it happens was a cyclist and explained the dangers of the vibrations before 1 yr and the risk of positional asphyxiation from wearing a helmet. YANBU

Stinkyminkymoo Tue 12-Feb-13 22:07:03

No fucking way! Is she mad?! I have my own horses and wouldn't do this.

I know someone who had one of those basket things she would put on her horse and it slipped and the baby fell out! No damage but it could have been nasty if the horse had panicked.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Tue 12-Feb-13 23:05:36

That is some fucked up shit. Yanbu.

catgirl1976 England Tue 12-Feb-13 23:22:35

I have horses and I wouldn't

A horse is not a machine

You can't predict what it might do

I work with and have horses. It is complete insanity for your DM to even put this idea forward. I would maybe do it on a plod with a basket saddle in this country with a leader and somebody walking alongside the baby supporting (and ready to catch) but even then I really struggle to see any point in the effort. Hard hats don't come small enough for a baby, my DC where 3 before they started riding and I don't allow them on the yard without a hard hat.
The places offering riding in Grease (and other holiday destination countries) are notorious for their lack of safety measure and poorly trained and kept horses. I wouldn't ride with the vast majority of them (carefully research will pull some gems from the sludge though) let alone let my children ride.
YADNBU and can tell DM that it is simply never going to happen and she is quite mad to even think about it!

firesidechat Wed 13-Feb-13 08:05:06

Both of my daughters rode horses, so I'm not anti horse or anything, but there is no way I would do that. I'm sure all the royal family were put on a horse at birth, but that doesn't seem sensible to me. The lack of properly fitting hats would put me right off.

I would highly recommend horse riding when she is older though. Both of mine rode for years and it did wonders for their confidence and self esteem.

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