lol I love the pacifier in her mouth. That picture brings back memories, of a time when we weren't too worried about safety.
Originally Posted by PNWjumper
I don't think I've ever seen a "pony ride" setup without a "seatbelt" of some sort. Haven't ever seen one that puts the kids in helmets either.
My daughter's first "real" pony rides (away from home and without me holding her) were at our local fair with the horses on one of those wheel things (each pony tied to a bar in front of it).
Considering the crazy things I used to do as a kid without a helmet, I tend to not be overly concerned by things like this. And the photo of the "lead line pony losing his cool" is, IMO, a different scenario than a pony in a true "pony outfit" type situation. The ponies I see at shows are often picked for the cuteness factor over the "dead to the world" factor, and aren't always ponies that schlep around kids day in and day out. Not saying accidents can't happen, but I feel better about putting my kid on a "pony outfit" pony than I do putting her in the car every time we go somewhere.
With that being said, at home the rule is that there is no sitting on a horse without a helmet, and no straps of any kind. But my pony is not a "pony ride pony," nor is he under a great deal of control for most of the ride.