(Closed) My fiancé wants horseback riding at the reception???

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I guess it depends on if you have to carry the liability insurance or not.

Post # 4
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Eh… I wouldn’t want to be responsible for a bunch of kids around animals…

Post # 5
3126 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

My friend had her reception at a rural location. One of the guests lived next door and brought one of their horses over for the kids to pet. It was a big hit!

Post # 6
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My gut reaction is that it’s a bad idea.  Like someone else said, it’s a liability, and I just think it would be a huge distraction.  Maybe they can pet a horse, but I don’t think riding it would be good.

Post # 7
8359 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

What about some sort of cart/hay ride instead? Horses can be smelly to humans (just their natural horsey smell) and I don’t think your guests would wnat to smell like horse for the rest of the reception.

Post # 8
1348 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Horse riding would not be a good idea at the reception imo. When you ride, you really need to wear pants that you don’t care about (not really what most people wear to a wedding), there is a chance someone would get hurt (horses are very much prey animals and even a well trained horse can misbehave if it feels scared, excited or nervous) and then there is the very real possibility that your guests will get very dirty.

I wanted to have one of my horses in my wedding, but thinking practically about it there’s just way too many chances for something to go wrong.

Having a horse come over for guests to pat and possibly give some carrots to is not such a bad idea, if the horse is well trained and calm with crowds of people. I think you’d need to have the guests supervised pretty closely though, most people don’t know a lot about horses and things that seem completely innocent can be harmful or dangerous (e.g- feeding a horse cut grass, or a laminitic pony too many carrots). Horses can still be dangerous when you’re not riding too (even though a lot of people assume otherwise) so close supervision for children would be needed as well. It’s a cute idea, but it has downsides as well, make sure you do all the neccessary research regarding liability ect.

Post # 9
1158 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Meh,I think it is a bad idea.Too dangerous.

Post # 10
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

People will be too dressed up to want to ride a horse, or even pet one, and I don’t think horse poop would be good to have around if you’re dressed up either. Horses poop a lot.

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