So a poo incident happened the other day which made me realize having worked with and ridden horses for over 30 actually helped prepare me for that moment. Here is a list of 5 ways being with horses prepared me for kids.
A little spit up, pee and baby poo stain out of baby clothes is nothing compared to trying to get autumn shedding horse hair out of your clothes. Not to mention horse slobber, mud from the 10 min roll in the muddiest patch in the field and grass stains from falling in said field. side not treating grass stains will come in handy when your child is about 3 years old.
Training a horse properly takes time, dedication and a lot of positive reinforcement. A few mint treats a long the way as well lol Not unlike kids, teaching kids the proper way to behave takes a lot of time and effort on behalf of the parent. Positive reinforcement goes a lot further than physical punishment. A few little treats can't hurt either lol
Ha you thought the mommy wars was bad try barn drama. I don't even think either one of these require explanations. Being juged for using a bottle with a baby, being judged for using draw reins. feeling eye balls on you when horse or child is misbehaving. Not to mention all the unwanted unprofessional advice offered on both fronts. Working with horses I learned to ignore all of those things and just do what I think is right and what is good for me. Look at me all you want while my child is having a melt down in the middle of the store, doesn't faze me anymore.
You have a horse sick with colic, yep your are not sleeping tonight. You have a little one sick, perhaps your baby is not a fan of sleeping, teething... yep your are not sleeping. Vet wrap always in your kit and you know what works on kids too. Proven by a friend who needed an emergency bandage for her son. Developing an eye for movement, you notice the smallest lameness. This coming in handy watching your little one grow and give up dates to his / her doctor. I noticed my son doesn't have a straight gait thanks to years of watching horses. With horses you have seen and dealt with numerous cuts and the ability to treat many things on your own. You learn to try not to panic. Okay this one didn't totally transfer to me as noted by my husband but I'm sure it has helped others lol
5) The incident mentioned which started this blog
Working with horses from a young age you become nonchalant over poop. You've mucked it out of stalls, caught it on the way down with a bucket or shovel. You have stepped in it without even a second thought. You have maybe fallen into it, got it on your hands, lets face it horse poop is everywhere. Now we come to this week in my life. I go to put my 15 month old son's boots on. Something is preventing me from getting his ankle in. His lower pant legs seems really bulky. He is wearing long johns under his jeans so I go under neath to unbunch it. Yep you guessed it, it was not his pants or long johns. Somehow poop got out of his diaper, made it down his leg to the bottom of his pants and is now in my bare hand. You know what? I'm not freaked out, grossed out or anything out. I knock on the bathroom door as my husband is in there, I tell him I have to come in because i have poo in my hand. Yep poop in my hand.