Are Horses And Kids a Bad Mix?

Mrs. Koller and I have never taken our sons for a carriage ride through Highland Park. When they’ve viewed Dallas’ best Christmas lights, it’s been from the back seat of our minivan. I suggested we get adventurous this year, but she’s afraid one or both of them will need a potty break as soon as the carriage leaves Highland Park Village. Have any parents out there found themselves in this situation?

By Dan Koller Nov. 27, 2012 | 7:07 am | 8 Comments | Comments RSS
  • sls

    Not to worry. If that happens, your evening just got more interesting. We have some very funny memories of situations just like that when our three boys were young. When you have kids, as long as no one is bleeding, unconscious, or suffering from anaphylactic shock, you’re good. Sorry, just reminiscing there…

  • Uppercase Matt

    We’ve taken our kid for an HP carriage ride pretty much every year since she was a toddler. Never been an issue — but then we show up a little early to HPV and hit the Starbucks for coffee, hot chocolate, and restrooms just before the ride.

    Your bigger problem may be getting a good reservation time at this point.

  • Mrs. Koller

    You fail to mention we’re talking about an autistic child who does not communicate that well, waits until the last minute and does not distinguish well which call of nature is … well, calling.
    It’s not fair to him to force the situation.
    If there are parents of special needs kids who have gone on the carriage rides, I’d like their input, too. I say we wait a bit on this one for all our sakes.

  • bdad

    @Mrs…. you can accomplish the same thing, and yet be in control, like this: rent or borrow a big convertible. Put the top down. Thermos’ with hot chocolate for the kids, decaf coffee for @Dan, coffee with Kahlua for you. Snuggly blankets.

  • allison

    You might need to check reservation times first. The years I’ve done it were booked in October. Availability only at 10pm or later may answer the question for you. Check first.

  • Neal

    @Dan: Negotiation concluded.

  • Mary

    Families that live along the carriage route have accommodated youngsters’ untimely calls of nature since the carriage rides began. I’ve heard a couple of stories, and I was very touched at how friendly and understanding the HP residents were.

  • Mrs. Koller

    Thanks all!

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