Re: Children and Horses
I think there are two issues here. 1)Does this child WANT to ride? Your friend should have a quiet chat with her younger daughter, and if the child really doesn't want to carry on, sell the pony and let her do what she's interested in. 2) If the child does want to ride then she should stop being so lazy, look after her pony and ride it properly.
There is a girl at our yard, about 15, has a really nice horse but it's the father who does most of the care of it. All she is interested in is competing, and if she doesn't win she gets a face on like a smacked bottom!! If she was my daughter she would do a lot more than wave a body brush about, and take lessons. When the horse was really badly hurt in an accident when he freaked out waiting to unload from the lorry her dad bought to take her to competitions, I never once saw her take care of it, it was her dad or other people on the yard who had to dress the wounds etc . Ok it was pretty unpleasant but a true horselover (like a proper mum) does what has to be done!!
My daughter Sophie first loaned a pony aged 10, and although I was nearly always around, it was her responsibility first and foremost. We share our horses in a pretty true sense of the word, for which I am grateful. I am there as groom and back-up at competitions but I am not there as a doormat!!