Post # 1
So, today my fiancé and I went to our venue for another look and to take some measurements. While driving down the road the venue is on was a sign for pony rides. There is a stable beside the venue and my Fiance thinks it would be a great idea to see about having a horse there for a couple hours, mostly during social hour (cocktail hour). We will only have about 70 guests there, and a lot of kids included. We aren’t having a very formal wedding. And I kinda think it might be a good idea. But I’m not sure. Maybe just a little something fun for the kids. But I’m not sure if this would work…or if this is a dumb idea.
Post # 3
I guess it depends on if you have to carry the liability insurance or not.
Post # 4
Eh… I wouldn’t want to be responsible for a bunch of kids around animals…
Post # 5
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
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
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
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
Meh,I think it is a bad idea.Too dangerous.
Post # 10
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.
Post # 11
Thanks everyone for your help. I showed my Fiance all the comments and now we are on the same page 🙂