Offbeat

By Becca Husselbee


A dad who was left holding the baby came up with a brilliant way of carrying his young son around the farm while attending to all his jobs.

Endurance rider and Arab horse breeder, Rachel Claridge, left her 18-month-old son, Ollie, with his dad, Adam Farley, when she headed off on a  ten-day trip to Australia in October last year, leaving him in charge of four horses and two dogs.

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Rachel, 36, was left in fits of giggles when she received the picture of little Ollie sat in the seat, attached to a large wheelbarrow, that Adam had created from a plastic food bucket and ratchet strap to hold him in, enabling him to carry Ollie safely to the fields to tend to the horses.

Rachel, from Gloucestershire, said: “He wanted a way to keep Ollie safe while in the field with the horses.

“He bought a bucket, cut a couple of holes in it, fixed it to the wheelbarrow and stuck Ollie in it.

“It meant he could walk from the yard to the field with hay and buckets of feed with just the wheelbarrow, rather than taking the pram too.

“Trying to attach everything to the pram just meant there was too much weight on the back and it would tip up.

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“Ollie loved it. He could face his dad and see the horses.”

Rachel shared the picture on her Facebook page and was shocked to see the post go viral with over with 5,000 shares and friends commenting that they should ‘put it out to market’.

The couple are now hoping the nifty invention will go into production sometime next year to help parents keep their children safe while they are in the garden, doing a spot of DIY or tending to livestock.

Rachel said: “I shared the pictures for a laugh thinking ‘isn’t this funny’when I looked at my phone again it was being shared everywhere.

“People thought it was a great idea so we thought let’s give it a go.

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“When we first tried to get it patented it got rejected as we didn’t put much thought into the design but now we have done everything properly we are hoping it will be approved and people are asking us to bring our prototype to trade fairs.”

Rachel, who has represented Great Britain seven times in endurance competitions, hopes the Barrow Buggy will go into mass production with an improved design, adding a cushion to improve comfort and a cover to protect them from dirt.

She said: “There has been such a massive interest in the product as having children around horses can be dangerous and the buggy is a way to keep them off the floor.

“We are hoping to make a small batch and go from there.”