People are not happy with Tyler Baltierra at the moment. The Teen Mom OG star shared a photo of his daughter Nova riding a horse on May 5, which sounds like it would elicit all sorts of “awws” in his Instagram comments. Unfortunately, not so. Fans took issue with Tyler, 27, not requiring his daughter to wear a helmet for the occasion. Scroll through our gallery below to see what they said.
There’s no doubt that Tyler is a doting dad to his daughters, Nova and newborn Vaeda.
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Fans have been able to watch his journey as a father and as a husband to Catelynn Lowell on 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom OG. Plus, both parents are pretty great at keeping fans updated on their lives via social media.
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They share moments from their lives together, but especially the sweet moments they get to enjoy as parents. Normally, fans eat it right up and love hearing about everything and anything when it comes to Nova and baby Vaeda.
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For instance, when Tyler and Cate bought Nova her first pony, most fans thought it was the cutest thing ever. “Making Novalee’s dream come true today [and] watching her face light up with pure bliss was so humbling as a father but also made me feel so proud of raising such a loving, caring [and] free-spirited little girl that I am blessed to love [and] cherish,” Tyler wrote at the time. “She felt extra special today [and] I live for moments like this as a Dad!”
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“So cool! Most little girls want real ponies! How sweet,” one fan wrote in the comments when Tyler shared the update with his followers. Another said, “Some little girl has daddy wrapped around her finger!😍❤️”
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However, people didn’t seem quite as pleased with Tyler when he shared the latest update on Nova and her pony on Instagram.
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“Strong Little Girl”
Tyler shared an image of his little girl riding the horse in front of their house on May 5. He began the caption on the post, “Novalee Reign Baltierra … you are growing up to be such a beautiful [and] strong little girl.” Aww! So far so good.
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He continued, “Your gentle fierceness is the most beautiful thing to witness. I am so blessed to have such a genuine loving spirit like you calling me Dad! 😍❤️😭.”
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Nothing Wrong With That
There’s nothing wrong with that sentiment, right? Well, it wasn’t the caption that fans had an issue with.
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Fans were actually concerned with Nova’s attire in the shot. As you can see above, the little girl is not wearing a helmet while riding her pet. And as seemingly gentle as the creature appears, that could spell trouble if it got spooked.
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Love It, But …
Tyler’s fans and followers made it very clear why they were not happy with the Teen Mom dad. “Love this, but always have her wear a helmet,” one fan responded.
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“Please put a helmet on her,” another fan replied to the reality TV star’s post.
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Others were a little more harsh with the MTV star. “A child should always wear a helmet, western, English, or otherwise,” one person wrote. “Accidents happen, and until she’s old enough to make the decision on her own if she wants to protect her melon her parents should always have a helmet on her.”
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“All It Took”
They continued, “A professional rider who has been on the Canadian show jumping team passed away because his horse tripped on a trail ride and he died from a head injury. Tripped. That’s all it took.” Yikes.
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Another fan wrote to Tyler, “Kid should be wearing a helmet plain and simple. What happens when the pony scoots out from under her. Coming from someone who has climbed trees and fences and jumped outta them but I have also done eventing, barrel racing and worked cows. I don’t wear a helmet now which I should but I have had more serious concussions riding horses and coming off she should be in a helmet.”
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The person added, “Until she’s old enough to make her own choices and understand the risks she needs a helmet. Also, most insurance companies won’t cover horse accidents to riders under 18 not wearing a helmet.” Eek, good to know.
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Let Us Know
Tyler didn’t respond to the criticism on Instagram as of May 7. What do you think? Are fans right to call him out for not outfitting Nova with a helmet? Tell us in the comments below!