Youngsters compete in open show
parents who want to buy their young child a horse. That child might only weigh 30 to 40 pounds. You have to remember, a horse can easily weigh a thousand pounds. It’s not a snuggle-up dog.”
Just a thought to parents considering purchasing a horse for their child. Marx said, “Don’t take the child with you when considering a horse to buy. Children, excited at having the prospect of owning their own horse, will have you buy the first thing they see. That’s often a bad move, and you should avoid that situation. Unless you are a strong-willed parent who can say no to your child on an occasion like that, take the child later to see the horse you (the adult) are considering. Also, ask the person you’re buying it from for a ‘trial period,’ say a week or month, with the agreement that the horse can be returned over that time, if the horse doesn’t work out.”
Horses are a big investment and require big responsibility by the child and parent for horse care. Marx said, “If you insist on buying a young horse, you must be willing to invest in paying a professional trainer to train the horse and train the child to be safe. Otherwise, you’re wasting your money and asking for trouble with a horse.”
Open Horse Show judge Bryan Bradley, left, looks on as Lauren Levasseur, 6, of Centreville, leads her horse away as she completes her Showmanship pattern during the Open Under 8 show, Friday, August 11. In a full class of competitors, Lauren placed 1st. She was showing her 16-year-old Quarter gelding “A Bita Redfords Chip.”
Peyton Dill, 7, of Sudlersville, rides her Quarter horse gelding “Star” across the bridge obstacle during the QA Fair Open Under 8 horse show, Friday morning, August 11. Peyton was one of a number of children who rode in the Under 8 Trail class during the show.
The line-up for the Under 8 Open Show Lead-line class. Far right, show judge Bryan Bradley talks with and instructs children following the class to help them improve their riding posture.