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RMR's Horsepeople's Forum

Horses are Important to a Child's Values &

Experiences while growing up

 

Editor’s note: We asked people who voted on their favorite photo in the December 2013 issue of RMR to tell us if they believe horses are important to a child’s values and experiences while growing up. We are thrilled with the enthusiastic responses from the world of horse lovers!


I believe horses are extremely important to a child values. The responsibility and experience a child gains is forever a life value lesson. Kids that learn to work with horses and I believe make better citizens in society. I think about the photo of Ella and her wild horse. He is a young horse, which means he still being trained and it appears as though they are going through life together. This is such a positive outcome of kids and horses. Thank you RMR for thinking and including kids in your magazine.

 

Lander

WY


Absolutely, without a doubt! Horses give kids a sense of purpose. They teach them to be responsible for another living, breathing being. Horses teach a kid how to be assertive, yet kind and humble. If you're not honest with your horse, they aren't going to be honest with you. They teach a kid the value and meaning of words like "try," "consistency" and sometimes "courage." They can be a confident when no other is found. My life, and the lives of my kids, would be incredibly different if it weren't for the horse.

 

Casper

WY


Yes. My horse was my best friend, my companion. They enabled me and my friends to ride to all the mountain tops around Missoula and down Higgins Ave. in parades. The hours I spent with my horse taught me responsibility, caring and a lifetime love of horses. I am 73 and I still have 3. The following words were written by singer/songwriter Mary Ann Kennedy in "Horses in Heaven" from the "Hoofbeats, Heartbeats & Wings" CD. "When I was a kid and I first put my hands on a horse, they touched my soul. They've been a part of me way down deep to my core. And I believe I was born with this love and just one lifetime won't be enough." Well said.

Carol Blowars

Hall

MT


Yes there are so many reasons why I believe horses are good for kids. There are so many events, trail riding, a place for comfort if you're feeling down your animal can give you. It's a family a fair for the young and old. Keeps kids from running the streets or falling in with bad company. There are exceptions but mostly horses mostly make the best come out of everyone they tough. Life is good with horses.

Carol Ham

Helena

MT


Absolutely! Horses teach compassion and responsibility.

Debbie Wilson

Victor

MT


Yes I do. It gives them something to take care of and the experience of responsibility and to love.

Donna Tourtellotte

Fortine

MT


Yes I do. I think every child should be raised with a horse. They are the best friends in the world.

Myrna Zimbelman

Gregory

SD


Absolutely, teaches compassion, responsibility, and is good exercise and clean fun!

Robert McDonald

Ojai

CA


Absolutely. They learn responsibility, hard work, and how to treat animals.

 

 

GA


Growing up riding and having a horse of my own, I believe it teaches responsibility and companionship. Some that is very important for kids to learn and take with them through life!

Bob Mensik II

Lake in the Hills

IL


I do believe that any animal in a child's life helps the child to learn. It also teaches about love & eventually about loss. The important part being that if you refuse to become attached & truly love, because of the eventual loss when the animal dies, you miss out on an awful lot of what makes life worth living. A horse can teach a child a lot, confidence being a big one.

Bonnie Chepulis

Columbus

MT


Connection, responsibility, kindness, communication, fresh air, understanding the natural world …I could just go on forever.

cheri

montrose

CO


Yes, if the child likes horses. The two should never be forced together. To have a horse and be responsible for that animal is a huge responsibility. Feeding, cleaning stalls, making sure the horse is fed and watered, exercise and health of the horse are all important responsibilities. In return a horse can love you unconditionally. A horses great strength and love can help a child through just about anything. A child who grows up around horses will never forget how they smell, how the steam comes from there nose on a cold day and how they rub up against you to show their affection. To ride a horse down a lane or through a field, just you and your horse...well its an experience a child never forgets.

Heather Quinn

Red Lodge

MT


Animals are wonderful companions to children and teach children about Love, Responsibility, and Trust.

John Hoerber

Boca Raton

FL


Teaches responsibility and how to speak to an animal without talking but just with movements of arms and legs…body language.

Julie Hoerber

Lithia

FL


Absolutely!!! They teach kids responsibility as well as providing companionship and friendship. Good care and being a good friend is rewarded by the horse's love in return. A 4-wheeler can't do that. Plus they make thousands of wonderful memories together; and as the commercial says, "Priceless!".

Kathe Mensik

Red Lodge

MT


My wife grew up with them and she spends a lot of free time with her horse and shares many many stories of her childhood and the role her horses played when she was a child.

Keith Lohmuller

Brookhaven

NY


Yes they teach kids to respect animals and how to be responsible. Horses are unlike any other animal and it's amazing to see a child with the right horse, chills!!

Pete Hoerber

Olalla

WA


Absolutely! I have seen mentally ill children helped and quieted by the simple contact with ponies... And the younger the rider the more he learns that an animal is more than it appears, that when you succeed in "building a couple" with your horse, nothing is impossible! And you learn discipline, kindness, attitude and emulation... you learn that rules exist, and not only for the pleasure of ordering, but because some things are natural and cannot be overstepped

Pierre POUSSIN

ETEL (France)


Gives a child a sense of responsibility and an understanding of working with another creature that his a mind of its own; a match of understanding and cooperation.

Robert K. Leaverton

Absarokee

MT


Absolutely! Children learn so many aspects of life with horses: respect, consideration, love, care, good work ethic, responsibility and the sheer experience of being horseback.

Sue Thompson

Fort Shaw

MT


Any animal teaches kids how to care for another lives being, and putting that animal first.

 

 

WY


Yes. It takes their early love of horses to later in life and keeps the attachment going.

 

 

OR


Yes. Horses aren't for all kids but horses can be a child's best friend and they can teach them values that aren't as easy to be taught by lecture. Some kids need to experience things on their own and horses can teach children along with accompanying them along the way.

Brittany Brasil

Shoshone

ID


Believe ! You bet 'cha. It helps children to focus on something "larger" than themselves. Always. Horses benefit children with that fact. A spirit big and powerful silently teaching leaves an impression that carries you and that you can apply all through life. You know, not all children get a chance to spend time with a horse. - It's a Gift

sharon edwards

Ennis

MT


Yes. It teaches them that they need to be responsible to care for an animal and the tack etc. They learn to be careful and kind. It gives them confidence in themselves and their abilities as they achieve positive behavior in their horse and improve their riding abilities.

Sheila Liddle

Huson

MT


Of course, valuable. Responsibility for care of animals. Patience, determination, respect... and love of animals translates into a kid's view of life. Not to mention, horses are huge fun whether for pleasure riding, trail riding, cowboying.

 

 

MT


Yes I grew up with horses it taught me I needed to care for them before myself my horse, Pal, was great

 

 

MT


This I believe to be true. I grew up with horses & I believe strongly that kids learn responsibility, patience & builds character & also helps us build good problem solving skills. Compassion & consideration is also built on.

 

 

MT


I think it is in the top five — next to Parents, Grandparents, rural life, other children and God.

Elaine K Allestad

Big Timber

MT


After a horrible tragedy in my life I went to equine therapy and learned what being around horses could do for me, I think horses can be of extreme value to children while growing up.

Stacey Richards

Livingston

MT


Extremely important- horses teach kids, respect, responsibility, teamwork, helps them gain self esteem

Debra Zimnicki

St/ Maries

ID


I absolutely believe horses are important to a child's values and experiences while growing up, because it teaches them responsibility, companionship, partnership, patience, and best of all it creates wonderful memories!

Elizabeth S Osborn

Sunnyside

WA


Owning and caring for a horse builds life long qualities, like making choices, taking responsibility, sharing, athleticism. It helps to nurture a sense of competence that carries out through every aspect of life.

jan c sousa

Huson

MT


It is my experience that children, once exposed to horse riding, develop a relationship that aids in all other forms social behaviors. It is as if that a protect layer is lifted and they become more open as individuals.

mike baumgart

buena vista

CO


Definitely, there is nothing better to show a kid responsibility and the love from the horse or pony the kids get out of it helps later in life.

Stephanie Trollope

Hamilton

MT


Yes. Horses teach kids responsibility, love and respect.

La Dona Yerian

Hardin

MT


Yes, they act like a friend!!

 

 

MT


Horses were very important to me growing up and taught me a lot about commitment and respect of animals, caring for horses and cattle each day alongside my father and brother. Wish all kids could have our same experiences!

 

 

MT


Horses teach you patience, humble you, love you and most of all they teach you not to give up on yourself.

Debra Smith

Miles City

MT


Builds self confidence.

Lynne Nyquist

Glasgow

MT


Yes.. Horses teach responsibility, patients, and kindness.

Sheila Nelson

Glasgow

MT


Horses are so important in childhood. They teach a child responsibility, true friendship, hard work, and patience. Couldn't have a better upbringing than on the back of a horse.

Tori Schedel

Glasgow

MT


Very much so! Being a horse owner myself in past years and teaching my children to love and respect them, I believe they instill a value of pride and ownership as well as responsibility, friendship and love.

 

 

OK


Yes. Horses taught me a lot while I was growing up, and children's lives are enriched by having the opportunity to be around them. Taking care of horses teaches responsibility. Riding horses teaches teamwork and appreciation. Training horses teaches patience and respect for individuality. Lessons learned vary according to the child's abilities and personality, the animals themselves, and adult supervision that is or is not provided.

Donna McLean

Philipsburg

MT


You bet! Helps to teach responsibility, work ethic and gives the individual immediate rewards when they experience an accomplishment such as the young lady it photo I voted for. You see in my opinion, success with an equine is not doing exactly what a class in a show expects, rather true success with an equine is getting the equine to do what you want in order to make your life and theirs more fun or beneficial. We have all heard the old timers say, " they get along", when referring to a rider and a particular horse, to me that means the rider is able to accomplish what they need that equine to do. And that my friends is success.

Ed Sangster

Atlanta

MO


Yes, I believe horses are an integral part of a child's values and experiences while growing up. It has taught my daughters and granddaughter responsibility. They also value their horses as confidants and a wonderful & fun exercise experience, and they would lots rather spend time riding their horses than questionable activities that could get them in trouble!!

Yvonne C. Yoder

Plains

MT


Yes I do. Any pet can be an important to a child's values and experiences while growing up because then that kid can have someone to talk to that will just listen. And a lot of the time, that's what a kid needs, someone to listen.

 

 

ID


I do believe horses are important for many reasons .It teaches them responsibility and a horse and rider are like one unit it will be your friend for life .

kim montgomery

sandpoint

ID


Yes, I believe a child growing up with a horse can learn responsibility. Horses are not cheap or easy to keep. The more the child can help out with the horses care, feeding, grooming, etc. builds responsibility in the child. My daughter got her first horse at the age of 11. It was the best thing for her. From that point forward, she wanted to be out doing things with her horse. She learned how to care for her horse, which included feeding him, grooming him, cleaning his feet, and changing and filling his drinking water. She cleaned up after her horse, which is hard work. She kept her tack clean and in good condition. She did everything for her horse. Through this, she and her horse bonded and became partners. They went everywhere together. The horse watched out for her and she watched out for him. It was an amazing partnership. When they were out riding together, I knew they were safe and having a great time!

Patty Miller

Draper

UT


Learning respect for and sensitivity to other beings is critical to the survival of human beings.

 

Bahamas

 


All the young people I have met growing up with horse seem to have solid personalities, well grounded

 

 

ID


Absolutely! I watched how my daughter learned patience and how to control her temper when she had to be consistent and patient in order to train her Quarter horse gelding. They have formed an incredible bond. I know her experiences with our horses and 4-H horse camp each summer helped her mature in very positive ways.

 

 

ID


Absolutely....

 

 

ID


Yes, they can teach us so much about patience and understanding. Horses are born as kind trusting animals.

C. Dean

Carmen

ID


Horses are absolutely important in the lives of children as they grow up. The experience of taking care of a horse teaches the child responsibility as well as unconditional love.

Carol Nord

Salmon

ID


Yes, I do. I believe it teaches a child about responsibility and unconditional love, and especially patience when the horse might be misbehaving.

Chloe Ross

Salmon

ID


I believe horses are miracle workers, especially with children. I am a therapeutic riding instructor and see what horses can do everyday - lots of negatives melt away as soon as the horse and rider are in contact.

Jeri Guzman

Salmon

ID


For experience, growing up with horses, they teach a young person at a very formative age how to love and care for an animal, as well as how to get along with a large living being, and get it to be cooperative.

Leslie conner-maiyo

Salmon

ID


Most definitely. It was good for me growing up to learn love and responsibility. My mom and dad liked it because I was horse crazy---not boy crazy. I am going into my 25th year of 4-H leadership, most of which has been in horse 4-H

Sharon Bradley

Challis

ID


Absolutely. I grew up with horses in my life. It provided so many valuable lessons - respect for animals, responsibility, kindness, love for another being, friendship but the most important thing it did for me was to teach me how to have confidence in myself and my abilities. Horses give so much and we as humans have to learn how to give back to them and to meet their emotional needs. As a child, daily interaction with a horse provides the opportunity to learn how to communicate with another being in a common language that is native to neither.

Stefani Spencer

Salmon

ID


Horses and other animals were the most important part of my life and the very best part of my life, in the not so great growing up years. I had to go on, they made my life worth living.

Mae, Klette

Sunburst

MT


So important. Giving kids a responsibility like horses can keep them out of trouble.

krisy hammond

gallatin gtwy

MT


Most definitely and I base my response on first hand experience. It is my belief that if I had gotten a horse at the age of 4, I could have saved myself (and my parents) a great deal of grief. Instead of paying attention to my horse I paid attention to boys and mischief. Since I had to wait until I was 40 my first horse had quite a lot of counseling to do. He got the job done and I am much happier today because I have horses in my life.

Tamara L. Bruhn

Salmon

ID


Absolutely. The responsibility of a horse starts early the idea that life isn't just about me. There is nothing like having a friend to tell your biggest disappointments as well as someone to share your happiest times. Scooping poop is good for anyone's frustration!

Roberta Daniels

Wenatchee

WA


I believe horses teach children many important life's lessons; everything from caring for another living being to physical and mental strength.

Anita Symonds

Ellensburg

WA


Learning to take care of another living thing is so important for children as they grow. A horse provides friendship, companionship, and an opportunity to learn responsibility and compassion to children.

Frank Stilwill

McCall

ID


Kindness, respect, honesty, many good values come from their relationship with pets/horses. Honest creatures do the job very well.

Joe Mironack

Columbus

MT


Absolutely! Horses are wonderful teachers of life's greatest lessons: Responsibility, Compassion, Patience, Understanding, Faithfulness, Etc.

John Mutter

Three Forks

MT


Absolutely! I started riding when I was 3 on an ornery (of course) Shetland pony. I learned the hard way that losing my temper was no help, that my way was not the only way. My parents did not allow us to use saddles, thinking it much better for us to fall off repeatedly than to be dragged even once, and they were right. We dealt with physical pain, frustration, rejection (This pony WOULD NOT love us back!), and the need to be responsible (Oh, the terror we felt when she got through the open gate into the green alfalfa was awful.... She survived to dump and bite us again.) And beyond those nameable lessons was the incredible feeling of sitting on a horse, especially at the lope, of being a part of something so much more powerful than ourselves; the freedom and the strength we felt-- still feel-- when riding well and confidently. Not to mention horses postponed boy-craziness. But not for long.

Mary Yemington

Sundance

WY


Oh, I very much think early introduction to the concept of pony or horse is exhilarating. It helps to see their size, strength, eyes, structure and how they fit in the natural order. It is another possibility to learn about caring for them physically, loving and showing kindness towards all other creatures besides ourselves inhabiting this earth we share.

Priscilla Hawkyard

Hamilton

MT


ABSOLUTELY! Horses remind us to stay present in the moment, encourage us to be kind and patient (with ourselves and others) and show us we can achieve things we never knew were possible!

Sarah Barton

Upton

WY


Yes as it has made a great bond for my Granddaughter and me. I feel she will pass this long to others. She enjoys riding any time we can get together.

Pat

Missoula

MT

They learn responsibility

Teri High

Gallatin Gateway

MT


Yes I do believe horses are important to a child's values while growing up.

Eileen Lohmuller

Firestone

CO


They teach responsibility.

Gail Beauchamp

Red Lodge

MT


Yes, they teach children about respect and responsibility

Jaclyn Barri

Reno

NV


It teaches responsibility.

Marissa Isgreen

Fort Collins

CO


Yes, I have personal experience on how therapeutic horses can be.

P. Zumpano

Lithia

FL


Yes A child who interacts with horses not only learns respect but responsibility as well.

 

 

MI


Absolutely. Responsibility and love.

 

 

MT


Yes, it helps kids to bond with animals and teaches them responsibilities.

George Edwards

Helena

MT


Yes, it builds kids confidence to many things.

Larry Feight

Whitehall

MT


Definitely!

Pamela Gomez

Redwood City

CA


Yes we learned many valuable lessons from taking care of our horses growing up.

Zodee Learn

Ronan

MT


Horses teach kids about responsibility. That is a life-long lesson that can only help children out.

 

 

MT


Yes, it helps them build a relationship and learn responsibility

 

 

MT


Yes!!!!

Becky Kolbeck

Drummond

MT


Absolutely

tracy schueler

Ronan

MT


I think a kid involved with horses is more likely to stay out of trouble

Jehnet Carlson

Belgrade

MT


Yes

 

 

ID


Yes they are.

Audrey Aldous

Salmon

ID


Very much so

JoAnn Goddard

Salmon

ID

ABSOLUTELY!

Kathleen Phillips-Helman

Capitan

NM

Yes very much so!!!

Kathy Hochstrat

White Sulphur Springs

MT


Although I never was a real horsewoman, my memories of my childhood horse are some of the best. He was my friend when I was an awkward kid. I still miss him.

 

 

WY


Yes

Vicki Robbins

Stevensville

MT


 

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