Re: Heated debate!
No, I can't see a problem - the people we share our field with have a pony that's too small for the children now, and another family with 2 little boys come up and sometimes groom and ride him, sometimes they just come up to make a fuss of him. They do poo picking, fill up water buckets, and any odd things that may need doing.
The owners are pleased that the pony still gets ridden, the other family are keen for the boys to learn ALL about pony care, not just the riding, and they wouldn't get that at a riding stables.
It makes a lot of sense, and makes two families happy, so where's the problem?