My daughter is 10 and has been going through a little crisis of the confidence type, she has come a huge distance in such a short amount of time I have been so proud of her. She has really put the hard yards in to get good results and has taken her pony to her first gymkhana just a few weeks ago, coming away with 2 firsts, 2 seconds, 2 thirds and 2 fourths and huge amounts of pride and confidence. This confidence, although fabulous, has led to Tareya believing she is some what the super hero horse rider. I have been a little worried that she might do something beyond her skill capabilities and put her right back where we started from.
Going off on a completely different tangent now to fill in the rest of the story. Eight months ago I purchased a chestnut TB, he is a lug of a horse but was quiet as a mouse and had a fabulous nature so I think he is gorgeous. A little chestnut filly TB was thrown in for free because they were going to send her to the doggers so I caved in and took her too. She is 3 and we were having a few problems with keeping the weight on her, she dived so suddenly I thought I might have lost her but she is looking almost half decent now so we thought we would slowly bring her back into work. HowClever on horseforum works for me and has been working quite closely with little Jazzy to bring her up to scratch, if you ask her she would say she is frustrating as all hell because one week she gets it so well and the next week she forgets it all. LOL! She is an unforgettable little filly though, such a love junkie.
Anyway Tareya (my daughter) has always expressed a desire to ride Jazzy but I've kind of been a bit hesitant. I go by the saying green on green equals black and blue, and although Jazz is very quiet she is still a 3 year old TB! I didn't want to take the chance that she would do something to ruin her newly found confidence.
So having heard all of that I am sure I know what you are thinking. She didn't actually let her ride the OTT TB did she? Well... no... I didn't but I am really happy that someone else did. Huh? Yep I have seen photographic evidence of my two babies trotting and cantering around the arena having the time of their lives and I did actually cry. I am going to continue to let them have fun together, under supervision of course, because sometimes the strangest things happen and you need to go with the flow. Who would have thought a 10 year old on a 3 year old TB was even possible. I know the dangers that still exist, babies will be babies, but I think with the right precautions this might be the best thing for both of them. I am over the moon, and slightly odd, but that's ok. LOL
Thanks for reading my novel, I just had to share. Just as a side note Tareya also rides Sahara Fantasy, she is HowClevers' mums horse and also a 3 year old and an anglo arab to boot. I think we might just own the bestest pair of 3 year olds in the world.