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

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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?

Sirzy Tue 12-Feb-13 19:46:16

At 8 months the baby would get nothing from it, you would be worried the whole time. YANBU for not wanting to go.

Arithmeticulous Tue 12-Feb-13 19:46:24

That's a crap idea shock

mmmuffins Tue 12-Feb-13 19:47:03

This sounds like an incredibly stupid idea.


FatherHankTree Tue 12-Feb-13 19:50:23

Yes, you'd be mad to do that. Isn't the fontanelle still open until about 18 months? Taking an 8 month old with no head protection is not a good idea.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 12-Feb-13 19:51:01

YANBU - it'd probably be fine, but horses are never entirely predictable.

Bakingtins Tue 12-Feb-13 19:51:02

Ridiculous. YANBU.

thegreylady Tue 12-Feb-13 19:52:12

It is a dreadful idea to take a baby on a horse! Even with a hard hat the child would be unsafe and very very uncomfortable.The woman is mad!!

Charliefox Tue 12-Feb-13 19:52:50


Iggly Tue 12-Feb-13 19:53:04

No fucking way.

Excuse my French.

sue52 Tue 12-Feb-13 19:54:12


itsaruddygame Tue 12-Feb-13 19:55:18

YANBU. I have ridden all my life and have my own horses and I wouldn't do it!

Hermionewastherealhero Tue 12-Feb-13 19:55:23

I own horses and have a baby and that sounds a terrible idea, you are not currently experienced, you don't know the horse... So
Many reasons

Asamumnonsense Tue 12-Feb-13 19:58:12

No way! at 8 months old. I would not even dream of it. It does not sound like a very safe thing to do with a baby.

scratchandsniff Tue 12-Feb-13 20:03:25

YANBU what a completely ridiculous idea and bloody dangerous.

TheDarkSideOfTheSpoon Tue 12-Feb-13 20:04:04

YANBU I have owned and ridde horses my entire life, have two DDs who enjoy being around the horses and helping out but no way would I have taken either of them riding, hard hat or otherwise, at 8 months.

At that age she won't get anything out of it that she couldn't have got from a nice stroll in the buggy/sling and you would spend the entire ride fretting and not enjoying yourself. Horses are unpredictable, your DM is definitely BU.

gatheringlilac Tue 12-Feb-13 20:12:06

I'm impressed. Your dm sounds pretty awesomely batty. She is totally in the wrong era, though. She should be dressing up in native garb and venturing into the cartographical blank bits with a vast retinue of workers and guides, ideally in the C18 or C19.

Are you having an OK time with her generally?

pigletmania Tue 12-Feb-13 20:15:21

Noway no no no

goneHaywire Tue 12-Feb-13 20:31:45

I'm convinced that something weird happens in a person's brain when they become a grandparent, the crazy things they say and do knows no bounds. I find myself thinking "who the hell are you? and what have you done with my parents?"

ENormaSnob Tue 12-Feb-13 20:37:11

Totally stupid idea.

IneedAsockamnesty Tue 12-Feb-13 20:46:35

Yanbu your mother is barking

tazzle22 Tue 12-Feb-13 20:49:44

I think what the special seat is .... maybe its a basket saddle

I dont think you can get saddles you can both sit on together.

I think babies can like the action of being on a horse and if you are leading a reliable pony or horse it can be good fun for everyone. Having said that, and me having plonked my own children and grandchildren on my own horse and RDA horses over the years ( and doing things some blanche at like letting little kids groom biggish horses)....... I would not do a trek with such a young baby with me on another horse. ALWAYS have a hard hat on !!!! .... the fact they dont have one would be the most compelling reason not to do this trek with these people at this time.

TheNoodlesIncident Tue 12-Feb-13 21:03:19

I remember a woman doing that at a livery stable which did mini treks. The woman customer actually held the baby on the pommel of the saddle, just in front of her. The horse she was riding was known to be a total plodder. The baby seemed to be less than 8 months (although I couldn't be sure obviously) and didn't always hold her head up reliably.

I thought she was INSANE. And I was a lot younger then.

(Also, we went horse-riding in Greece, and some youths in a 4x4 deliberately spooked the horses and videoed the result. Not saying this would happen to you, but...)

EuroShagmore Tue 12-Feb-13 21:04:49

No fucking way.

Sashapineapple Tue 12-Feb-13 21:07:15

You DM sounds totally insane. I just can't believe anyone with half a brain would think that was a good idea.

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