My 9 year old son has been doing lessons for just over a year now. He rides hunter/jumper style & he LOVES it. Our instructor says he's got great balance & is a natural at this. He just recently asked our instructor to "get him show ready". He's ready for her to start pushing him. I know nothing about english, but this is what makes him happy & I'm all for it.
The problem is my FIL. He beleives that english is "sissy, girley stuff" & doing everything in his power to get my son to switch to western. My son wants grandpa to come watch lesson & see what he can do, but grandpa tells him "when you actually start riding the right way, I will". FIL harasses him constantly about this & has actually tried to bribe him to switch. To his credit, my son wont budge, but I can tell it hurts that he can't get his grandfathers support & aproval. FIL has even yelled at me about it.
All I can do is continue to support my son, but dang this has me wound up.
Sorry about the rant, but it feels better to get it all out