Uhm... Is it possible he only rides in flat eq class and hunter over fences? Regardless... He is EIGHT! Not 18 or 28 or 58....8. You know what's a more sadder day at the barn? When older people start picking on children! Posted via Mobile Device
I think sometimes it's difficult to really understand what a child should know at various ages, especially if you don't have any children. Maybe the boy behaves/speaks in a manner that implies he's older or more knowledgeable. I have a similar problem with my 8 year old daughter. Sometimes I forget that she's only 8. Granted, she competes in contesting and gymkhana events and I'm pretty sure she doesn't really know the difference between them. Anyway, maybe the OP just doesn't know what respect from the boy and assumed that having multiple horses meant he understood more about them. Posted via Mobile Device
My 10 yr old only has 1 horse (MINE!), and I'm just happy she knows the difference between a bridle & a halter (most of the time, lol). And she grew up around horses!!!
What IS sad, is that there are kids between the ages of 15-18 who HAVE been riding since they were 8 don't know the signs of colic, have no idea how to safely tie a horse, think that a kimberwick is standard issue on ANY horse, the only way to get a horse to do anything is yank on it's face, I could go on if you want....
My 9 year old rides barrels and poles in an English saddle. LOL! Who cares??!!! Any day that gets any child out around a horse and out from in front of a TV, DS, ipod, Xbox, video games, computer, need I go on.... is a GLORIOUS day!!!!! (No matter what they know or their economic status) The rest will come with time, experience, passion and an involved adult that can't wait to share this passion.
At 8 I was convinced that English riding was evil and killed horses, and that gaited horses such as saddlebreds and TWHs had their legs tied to poles and 'stretched' to get them to park out the way they do, and 'appaloosa' was only a horse with a snowflake blanket..... I'd say that little boy is doing pretty darned good!