I school my horse up at a reserve just up the road from my place, to get there I ride thru a village. There is always tons of kids on the way cause there is a park in the middle of the village. When riding thru they always want to pat my horse, but I worry cause he is young & doesn't take too kindly to stand still for long plus standing my horse on the road doesn't seem like fun.
I often say no and say he is naughty & might hurt them. But I often feel really mean but I am looking after their best interests really cause heaps of them don't normally even have shoes on either.
Am I mean like should I just dismount & let them pat him or am I wise to just carry on? I don't feel so bad if one of the other girls is riding with me cause she has a sensiable appy mare that can stop and let the kids pat her, We just carry on even in that case cause they always want to pat the "Big Brown One" hehe