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Young children and horses: How to foster a positive relationship

Sometimes there’s something almost magical that connects children with horses, and this video is proof of that exact bond. Emma takes the chestnut mare Cinnamon for a walk in the snow, and the young girl’s attachment to the horse is evident.

You have to love the horse’s reactions, too: Cinnamon is careful to stay a safe distance behind Emma and quietly follows the little girl.
Cinnamon is a perfect example of a “babysitter horse.” Babysitter horses are those one-in-a-million horses that you can trust with your child’s safety.

These horses are careful, aware and incredibly obedient, even when the child can’t possibly physically control them. Babysitter horses seem to have an innate understanding that they need to be careful with human children. It’s something that can’t be taught.