Okay, looking at the above photos I look like a seriously irresponsible parent, lol.
The first ones we impromptu shots while we were playing around in the pasture. She wanted to hop up there and get a couple of photos for her grandma. Bridgette (the horse) was in no danger of going anywhere, lol.
The second photo was taken for a "professional" photo shoot. I had some spring/easter type photos done of Kayla with Bridgette. The photographer decided he wanted her on her, to get some riding photos. I was RIGHT outside the shot.
Normally, 99.9% of the time, Kayla has on a helmet and proper riding attire. She always uses a bridle or some sort of head gear for the horse. When she's bareback, I make her use a bareback pad that has a handle.