Young­sters com­pete in open show

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Sports -

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.

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

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.

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