I've owned and ridden Western horses my whole life. I have a barn, and will have an extra stall when I sell my Welsh stallion. So my friend Sam has been asking her mom to lease a horse for a long time....Sam took lessons as a kid and wants to get back into it more than anything. So I told her how awesome if would be if she could board at my place....and her mom finally agreed that if Sam comes up with enough money for tack, she can lease a horse. She's so excited. My mom agreed it was a definite possibility, so Sam and I are discussing things and such related to how she should go about looking for a horse to lease. And we said it would be awesome that we could ride together on the 1000 acres behind my property....and my mom put her foot down and said we can't ride without my mom walking behind us since it's parkland I ride in and technically not our property...And Sam and I think we're old enough to ride by ourselves. We're both 13 years old, and have experience with horses. I ride Western and am more experienced, but she had experience with riding in lessons when she was like 7-9 years old. We both have cell phones we could use to call our parents if necessary....Do you think we should be allowed to ride by ourselves? Because for me to ride right now, I have to wait for my mom to be ready and make sure she has no plans and such. And that means I barely get to ride. I'm getting about 1 ride every 1 or 2 weeks now because she's busy with one thing or another.
So what's your take on the situation? If Sam (who rides English) gets to board at my place, should we be able to ride by ourselves so we can ride a lot more often? And where I ride is 7 acres of my woods and pastures, and then a few hundred of a farmer's fields (the farmer gave my family permission to ride along the edge a long time ago) , and then behind that there's a few hundred acres of park-owned meadows we've never seen anyone other than my family in. My mom doesn't think it's safe because it's not our property, and even though it's perfectly safe and allowed for me to ride there, she still insists on coming. Which means, again, that I don't get to ride nearly as much as I'd liek to.
Just give me your take on the situation. Thanks!