Thank you for your input, catsandhorses. I'm not sure where you get the idea that I "frequently disagree with the way a student is practicing", however. The particular child was at my farm under my supervision, which I don't think you realize, considering that you make no mention of this on your response. 4x over the course of two months, I spoke to the child about her "maneuver”, one of those instances was when the parent was here and asked my assistance for her daughter, whose horse has several dangerous habits, including rearing. The last time I spoke with the daughter about the particular "unsafe"thing she was doing was because, under my supervision, she was doing things that were directly causing the horse to rear. At that point I reminded the child that while she was here without parental supervision she needed to not do that, and that, since this was the 4th time I requested she not do it, if that behavior continue, she simply would only be able to come out when the parents are here to supervise. I'm not having a child flip their horse on
To be honest, other than having to remind a child to not ride their pony in the barn aisle to get outside, I let people do their thing. We have barn rules, and those are the only other things I chase a person down for, haha... Like "hey, no flip flops at the stable. You might not mind losing a toe, but I mind having to clean up the mess..." Hedge
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