So yesterday I got to the barn while a lesson was going on, and stood at the fence watching. I'm friends with both Girl taking the lessons and Mom sitting on the chair watching. I'm about halfway in between them in age.
So Mom was grumbling about Girl's attitude, and it was clear there would be a "discussion" later. The instructor was handling it fine, patient as could be, standing up to her when he needed to. There was certainly nothing dangerous happening, and personally I didn't even see anything that bad - I think Mom was oversensitive.
Now, I'm not a parent - but I HAVE been friends with plenty of riding instructors over the years, most of who wish parents would just let their kids be and let them learn to deal with it on their own. Also, many say that the kids act worse when a parent is watching.
I think the best thing for Girl would be for Mom to drop her off for her lesson and leave. I know that won't happen, but it would help if Mom went off elsewhere instead of just watching.
If you were friends with Mom, would you say anything to her? If so, what would you say? Or would you just mind your own business and ignore it?