In three short days, you can catch up on the
latest training and education, shop the nation’s
premier equine vendors and connect with your
horse friends. Attending the expo is more than
a weekend away, its a yearly pilgrimage with
friends, a way to stay engaged in the horse industry, making sure you have the tools, knowledge and
products to help make the most of your investment
in the horse owning lifestyle year round.
FEBRUARY 3-5, 2017
FAIRPLEX UÊPOMONA, CALIFORNIA
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Melissa Hopper, Psy.D., recommends
the following tips for kids, parents and
grandparents to follow when there’s a
bully at the barn.
COMMUNICATE: Sometimes only
kids can effectively respond to other
kids who bully, and just like their older
counterparts, they can choose between
confronting the bully or ignoring her
altogether. Whatever choice the child
makes, it’s important for parents to know
that the offensive behavior is happening
in the first place.
RESPECT DIFFERENCES: Whether a
child chooses to confront a bully or to
ignore her, parents need to understand
that the child may handle the situation
much differently than they would.
KNOW HOW TO STEP IN: If after
a discussion, a child wants a parent
or other adult involved, adults should
search for out-of-the-box solutions.
“Perhaps the parent could talk to
the trainer about the issue or ask that
the child’s lesson time be changed so
that she does not have to be around the
bully,” says Hopper. “Sometimes an adult
needs to ask the barn owner or manager
to get involved, too.”
GET SUPPORT: Whether a child
decides to confront a bully, ignore her or
involve a parent or other adult, both the
kids and the adults need support from
MOVE ON: When it’s impossible to
resolve a barn bullying situation, parents
and kids should consider relocating to
another barn or hiring a new trainer.
Like their adult counterparts, young
riders must master the skills they
need to prevent bullies from robbing
them of a fulfilling sports experience.