Went to get Duffy out last night to get ready for riding, and two girls, I'm guessing around 10/11 who help my friend with her pony were poking their fingers through her door to stroke her. I chastised them gently and asked them not to (finger nibble, nibble, nom! And she used to have a bad habit of kicking the door for attention) explaining in my best German she doesn't understand the difference between carrots and fingers.
Got all my tack and grooming box out... and they stood patiently, I was wondering what was coming next
'PLEASE PLEASE PRETTY PLEASE CAN WE BRUSH DUFFY'... in English... they must have practised bless them, neither have ever uttered a word in English to me before... their reasoning? They saw me get chucked off and I need to be careful of my back... they'll get the moutning block so they can see over the top of her... little tear in my eye!
I had to gently let them down... its not something I can risk with such a big horse, if she shifts and knocks one of them over or anything worse I'd never forgive myself... but they held her whilst I put my hat on etc and she put her head right down, breathing all over them xD
See, if only adults could be more like the kids!!