The stupidity that is. Thanks to a pal who posted this gem:
The text of the ad is as follows:
Horse Training/Riding Lessons
Specializing in helping you prepare your horse for trail, driving, tricks, bathing, trailer loading and fixing bad habits.
You can bring your horse to my place or pay me to drive to your place. By appointment only $10 an hour. I also train your gaited horse for you for $300 a month plus feed ($75 a month or you bring the hay and grain). 870-421-1282 NO texts. Not for city slickers.
OK-not that alarming, even the spelling is fine. Then we get to the pictures.
Well now, isn’t this speshul? A barefoot toddler, no helmet, sitting on an unstrained horse, in an enclosure that looks to have been made by three drunken rednecks out of scrap.
I’d bet the other little girl is also barefoot. So many things can go wrong in this picture it defies counting. Just having a horse in that enclosure alone is ridiculous, there isn’t one section that won’t catch a hoof.
And the kids? Well I guess you can always make another one 😦
Then we have this:
No helmets? Check. Bare feet that that can either slip through a stirrup or be crushed by a hoof? Check. Improper tack? Check. Leadrope dragging on the ground? Check.
Yup-I guess kids are cheap and you can always make more….
As evidenced by this picture:
Really? REALLY? What a great way to de-spook a horse! “Hey Mary Ellen git on over here and ride under Mr Socks there on your trike, willya?”
Yup, great advertising! Are they trying to impress people with the fact that this horse is OK with this stupid stunt? Or are we supposed to want to send our kids to this place for some lessons? At least wait until they are teens and have stolen your car and you really don’t want them anymore….;-)
I suppose it is better than those fancy stuck up places that want you to go out and buy a helmet and some boots with a heel. Hell you don’t even need to send your kid here with shoes on!
Maybe this is what they mean by “not for city slickers”?
Then we have another heartwarming riding picture:
Again no safety equipment on the kid, both of them look to be barefoot (hard to tell) and are they ponying the other horse?
And finally there is this shot:
Look carefully-there is a tiny kid in between the two older ones. All it would take is for the horse to the left to do a typically ear pin and snap over that hay and the kids will be sent flying when the one they are sitting on jumps out of the way. Best case-they fall down and get dirty, worst case they get dead.
I can’t believe none of those children have been injured yet…I can’t believe anyone is this stupid regarding the safety of kids. EPIC STUPIDITY!
I hope no one who reads this ad thinks this is a good place to send their kids for lessons, horses aren’t big stuffed toys, the sweetest ones can step on your foot by mistake and cause a whole bunch of hurt. The quietest ones have pasture spats where you best not be in the middle (or sitting three up without even a halter and lead rope for control).
And training? If this is what she considers safe for kids what the heck does she consider safe for horses? Besides fencing made from old guardrails and recycled chicken coop wire?
Poor kids…seems there are quite a few pictured. Maybe she wants to downsize a bit.
*banging head on desk now*