Was a 2 year old "hunting" as such. or attending a meet?? On a lead rein is a given at walk yes, possibly trot however I have to question that the headline is entirely accurate. We probably ought not to speculate as to why. Condolences to family and friends.
A two year old doesn't have the muscle tone to sit up securely and ride so I can't see how parents that knew anything about horses and riding could contemplate taking a child of that age on a hunt; nor can I understand the hunt countenancing such a thing; this is one instance where a risk assessment would have been a useful procedure.
I think many of us who have had small children have taken them to events, the last show I attended there was a two year old in the fancy dress class, and with ponies dressed like planes and, other exciting things going on accidents do happen. I can remember my daughter at two screaming for an hour because she couldn't do stuff at pony club that her older sister could.
My thoughts are with the parents, children around ponies is always risky, I know of one child who had a head injury from a pony kicking out in the field.
Going to an autumn meet is usually a social affair, a chance to go out early and enjoy the morning, slow paced, and a lot of standing around, watching and a lot more controlled, in my experience, than the local gymkhana lead rein.
In these situations, people always resort to blaming the parents simply because they can't allow the possibility in their mind that this could happen to them or their own children. But they should have the tiniest bit of empathy about what they post publicly on the internet - I'll never understand how people can post half the stuff they do, especially in such an awful situation.
I can only add that those quoting the offensive comment in their replies condemning it are inadvertently/accidentally proliferating it. Could I suggest instead of repeating the comment it might be better to quote the posters username.
Rest gently little one, thoughts with all affected.
There was a child that looked about 2 on the hound exercise I went to yesterday, they did not come round the whole ride just a small section on the lead rein with mum on foot on a private road on the estate . All very safe and the child loved it.
We cannot judge if we do not know the full story.
So unbelievably sad. I think it’s a natural instinct to look for someone to blame. It makes us feel safer. “I would never do that, therefore my child is safe”.
That and the weird phenomenon of trolling- filling a gaping hole in the psyche by forcing people to acknowledge our presence (usually through vile words or deeds). As the saying goes ‘don’t feed the troll’.
Riding is a risk activity and anyone of any age could have a fatal fall.
I do wonder though if there should be a minimum age for attending a hunt meet or any equestrian activity where there is no first aid on site.
We don't know the full details of what happened but toddlers can't move very fast or easily follow instructions so it can put them more at risk if they get into a difficult situation or fall off.
Most riding schools won't accept children under the age of four and most shows are the same.
This is a very sad accident and I hope once the media activity has settled and the situation been reviewed that perhaps people may learn from this devastating incident and a minimum age for riding be put in place for hunt following or meet attendance. Hunting activities carry an extra risk due to the possibility of saboteurs and perhaps are not suitable for very young children.
We don't know what happened and this is a situation where I think online speculation as to the details is genuinely insensitive and uncalled for. If the parents have made an error then they are already suffering the worst possible consequence and do not need further condemnation. If they haven't then they will feel the weight as if they have anyway.
It's tragic beyond words. I'm so sorry for all the child's connections. Rest in peace little one.