Poor kid, just because it is a little pony does not mean it is appropriate for young riders.
Why not put the kid on a larger pony who is not so feisty?
This is a brave kid. I hope the kid is not ruined for riding. I would NOT put an inexperienced rider, or one with a weak seat on this pony, who looks like he could be trained for the airs above the ground.
Ross has a new pony now, and Ed has a new job pulling a pony cart which he loves and is very happy with. Ross is a confident and capable unflappable little rider and I think he did a fantastic job with staying on (most of the time) not taking it out on the horse, losing his temper or losing heart. I think he will make a great rider in the future.
Okay, I admit I did laugh. And the kid has a lot of heart. However just putting a totally outmatched small child on a naughty pony without a much more controlled set up and instruction, is not teaching either one good things about horsemanship. Having the pony on a lead line while the child gets some pointers, progressing at a walk before the trot/buck seems to be obvious to me. If the objective was teaching the kid how to fall, he could break his neck before he masters that. Putting a helmet and vest on was a good start toward safety, but instruction in proper technique would be at least as important.
I cannot understand anyone allowing their child to take such unnecessary risks.This pony is very unhappy/uncomfortable with something. I would look into it for everyone's sake, not least the pony's sake!! Didn't find it funny in the least.
For those over protective, got too much money for their princes & princesses- this would be horrifying. But to us home grown british country types- it's a funny little video about a boy and his beloved naughty pony that taught him to "get back on up and don't give up".
Overprotective, perhaps. I don't think it's a matter of too much money, since having your child in rehab is not cheap either. There are cheap safer ponies too.Getting instruction in any high risk sport is cheaper than burying your kid, or getting a power wheelchair. Of 315 kids that ended up in emerg from horse injuries, 2.5% death rate, 3% discharge to rehab, 40% got a tour in ICU, 30% got surgery for their injuries. Doesn't sound like they were overprotected
J Pediatr Surg. 2000 Dec;35(12):1766-70.
Horse-related injuries in pediatric patients.
Ghosh A, Di Scala C, Drew C, Lessin M, Feins N.
Department of Surgery, The Floating Hospital for Children at New England Medical Center, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to describe the characteristics, nature, severity and outcome of injuries from horse-related trauma in pediatric patients, aged of 19 years or younger.
METHODS: Retrospective analysis was conducted of 315 patients recorded in the National Pediatric Trauma Registry from February 1995 to August 1999.
RESULTS: A total of 62% of the 315 patients were girls. The median age of injury was 10 years. Sixty-five percent of the patients were injured while mounted on a horse, and the most common mechanism of injury was falling off the horse. The most frequent reason for hospital admission was skeletal fractures followed by head injuries. The head, neck, and face area was the most commonly injured anatomic site, followed by the upper extremity, the abdomen, and then the lower extremity. The median length of stay in the hospital was 2 days. Forty percent of the patients needed treatment in the intensive care unit with a median length of stay of 2 days. Thirty-nine percent of patients underwent surgical procedures. The Injury Severity Score ranged from moderate to critical in 31.5% of the children. There were 8 deaths, 2.5% of the injured children. The most common cause of mortality was head injuries. Of the 307 survivors, 3% were discharged to a rehabilitation center, and 2% of the children had 1 or more functional impairments lasting longer than 7 months after discharge.
CONCLUSIONS: Horse-related trauma is frequent in children and can cause severe injuries resulting in death and long-term disability. Awareness of the nature of injuries is important to avoid underestimation of their severity
If we are going to go down the 'omgosh why would you put your kid on a dangerous horse' route, ANY Horse/pony can be dangerous, if you dread the thought of injury etc etc simple, don't allow your child to ride, and dont let it anywhere near horses, cars, houses, the street, school, nursery, parks etc etc, put them in a roll of bubble wrap and let them 'enjoy life'.Every kid will fall off a horse, or go over it's head, or hit their first jump or get a toe trodden on, it's part of learning growing up and becomming a better horseman/woman
The fact the kid still wants to get on after these incidents is something that should be admired, I doubt his parents would keep sticking him up there unless he wanted to, he even claimed that he didn't want to let Ed go and that he loved him very much. And im sure in his own cheeky way Ed loved Ross too.. The kid has learnt a valuable lesson about sticking to your guns and rolling with the punches and im sure the horse has realized that playing his games only amounts in the kid getting on again. I don't think its stupid, and I did giggle at it. I learnt to ride on ponies with a similar attitude and I still own one of them 17 years on, she was just like ed, just a little bigger, she would change direction, buck, rear, prance and drop her shoulder to have me off, but they were some of the most memorable and favorable memories of my childhood. As I got older I started to show her in hand and her, showy/prancyness, won us many a championship.
I think Ed is a wonderful pony with personality and Ross is one brave little kid with a lot of guts.
Yes, life is dangerous, there are risks in just getting out of bed. But there is a new attitude in sport, that you can enjoy dangerous sports but greatly reduce the risks by taking basic precautions. We don't throw children into deep running rivers at a young age and expect them to do well. But they can get lessons on how to swim, enjoy a lifetime of swimming, boating, parasailing, white water kayaking,whatever, but wearing the gear and learning how to do it as safely as possible. Smart people don't put a pair of skiis on their child and point them down Suicide Run on a winter day. But the kids can learn to ski and eventually be racing if that's what they want to do.(Years ago I thought I was going to learn downhill skiing by just doing it, until a ski instructor gave me a few pointers, and I was taking on the advanced runs in very little time, as opposed to on my face repeatedly). Race car drivers have greatly reduced death and injury, but we don't put little people in powered vehicles and send them on their way. Oh, wait, we do that here, and have unnecessary ATV injuries. But there are thousands of other kids enjoying motor sports, cross country motor biking in a comparatively safe manner. Mountain climbers can free climb with no gear or they can climb with safety gear and live to climb another dayBut we don't tell small children, go climb and see if you can just figure out how not to get injured.You will never eliminate all the risks in dangerous sports, but you can have more people survive with fewer injuries if they play within their ability, and expand their performance when they have mastered the previous levels. I learned to ride with relatively few falls and it didn't stop me from improving. As an adult I can choose to ride a riskier horse if I want to, but at least I no longer have people dependent on me and I still try to reduce those risks by learning more about handling techniques. A small child cannot realize there might be a safer way or that he is risking injury. I find it hard to believe that this fantastic little guy could not have learned to ride well,advanced in the sport, and enjoyed it too, if he'd had a better mount and introduction.