My neighbor's daughter is five years old and she simply loves horses. She comes around my barn now and then and I've been teaching her how to ride. If you ask me, she's got horses running right through her blood!
She is a natural rider, but it's a shame her mother doesn't feel so strongly about that.
One afternoon I found her daughter sitting outside one of my horse's stalls. She said she had asked her mother if she could come over and see the horses, and that her mother said OK. I let her groom one of the horses and you should have seen the smile on that child's face. It was wonderful to see how happy horses can make someone so young!
Anyways, her mother comes marching up the driveway and boy was she mad when she saw her daughter in a stall with (ahem, her words exactly) "that beast!"
Apparently her daughter had NOT asked permission before coming over, and had simply disappeared. When her mother found her over at my place, she accused me of being a kidnapper (?!) and threatened to call the police if I came near her child again. I tried to explain patiently to her that I had no idea that she was unaware of her daughter's presence at my barn, and I even apologized to her.
Anyways, I haven't seen either of them since that day (a week ago, maybe??) which makes me sad because its obvious her daughter loves horses, and enjoys being around them.
I understand that she's worried about her daughter's safety. After all, horses are very big, and can be dangerous to such a small child. I'd like to try to explain to this woman that it was all a misunderstanding, and I'd like to try to get her to let her daughter ride some more.
Any advice or hints on what I can do?