In this week's Guest Blog Post Becca Hart (The Farriers Wife Blog) shares with us her top tips for taking little ones to shows.
We recently took our daughter Freya (3 years old) and our mini shetland Conker to our local pony show. Taking a toddler anywhere can be stressful, let alone throwing a pony into the mix so I thought I would write down my tips for taking toddlers and ponies to a show.
1. Preparation! This is key to limiting the stress factor. Trying to get everything organised on the morning of a show is just asking for disaster. Pack up as much as you can the night before and bath pony (if needed) the night before too. No one needs to be getting up extra early to wash ponies/clean tack the morning of the show.
2. Make lists, I am a serial list maker! It makes me feel so much more organised if I can tick things off as I have done them. It also makes me so much less likely to forget things if I can see it written down. I make a list for the pony, a list for the rider/leader and a list for the family. I did tell you I liked writing lists! (I might even write a blog about what I write in my lists!).
Enjoying a lovely picnic back at base after a lovely morning showing
My brother and his girlfriend leading Freya back to the box whilst I man the pushchair
8. Have fun! The whole point of taking little ones to shows is for them to have fun with their ponies. Don’t over phase them with too many classes or making things too strict and piling the pressure on. We just enter the fun classes at the moment, children are just happy that they are out and about on their pony riding with other people. Any rosettes won are a bonus, after all it is the taking part that counts.
So those are my tips for taking little ones to a show. Do you have any other tips to make days out like this easier? I would love to hear them, leave them in the comments below.
A note from Suzanne:
Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic Blog Post with us Becca! You really are amazing taking two children and a pony to shows! I find it hard just leaving the house with my two most of the time :D Your tips will definitely come in useful so thanks again.