Ellison is a professional horse trainer and riding instructor. She runs a summer camp program and offers kids a safe introduction to horses.
Will My Kid Love Horses Forever, or Is It Just a Phase?
There are lots of kids that are horse crazy. Some are horse crazy for just a little while, while others maintain that attachment for life. I'm sure many a parent has thought that their child would "outgrow" the horse phase.
Since I was a horse-crazy kid who turned into a horse-crazy grown-up, I think I have a pretty good handle on the warning signs of when your child's horse-loving condition may, in fact, not just be a phase.
20 Signs That Your Child Is Horse-Crazy
- They don't talk about anything else besides horses.
- They want clothing with horses on it.
- They want toy horses.
- They want Breyer horses.
- They have a feeding and exercise regimen for their toy horses.
- The only books they will read feature horses.
- The only shows they watch on television have horses in them.
- They won't bother to sit down and watch a movie unless it's about horses.
- They begged for horseback riding lessons.
- They want to go to their lesson whether the weather is burning hot or freezing cold.
- They talk about their last lesson all week long until it's time for the next one.
- They read horse magazines.
- Their bedroom walls are covered with horses they have cut out of horse magazines.
- They will do barn chores for free all day.
- They are saving their allowance to buy their own horse.
- They ask for a horse for every holiday.
- They have fallen off horses multiple times, but continue to want to ride.
- Their only friends are kids from the barn.
- They will sit quietly and watch horses at a horse show for hours, but won't sit for ten minutes to do their homework.
- They will go to school even when they are sick so that they will still be allowed to go to the barn afterward.
Are You the Parent of a Horse-Crazy Child?
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How to Diagnose the Horse Crazies
The signs and symptoms of a child who is going to be horse crazy for life are more than I can begin to even write in this article.
If your child is showing any of these or other signs of clinical horse craziness, I would recommend you get them to the nearest lesson barn immediately. Your child is showing signs of not outgrowing horses, so you might as well get used to it and become a barn parent!
Is There a Cure for a Horse Obsession?
There is no alternative treatment for this condition besides allowing the child to be around horses. The prognosis is an expensive but good one. Your child will be too busy with horses to get into trouble, but you might run out of money!
Ellison Hartley (author) from Maryland, USA on April 15, 2019:
Aww that is so cute! Thank you for sharing. I hope that if you want to at some point you can get involved with horses again! Thanks for taking the time to read my article!
Amanda Brumbelow from Camas, WA on April 12, 2019:
I was horse crazy as a kid. When I was growing up, I had a neighbor who taught me how to ride horses in exchange for helping to take care of him. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I still love horses today, but not so crazy. Fortunately, my daughter is into unicorns rather than horses, which is a lot less expensive to manage :)