I'm looking for advice from people who have taught their own children to ride. I have 2 kids, a 6 year old girl and a boy who just turned 5. They both love ponies and are taking lessons, but it's obviously very hard on the wallet, and I'm a single mom so it's an issue. I used to work in the horse industry, and I've taught dozens of people how to ride, and it occurred to me that it would be cheaper to half-board a pony and teach my kids myself. But I'm not sure they would take instruction from Mom as easily as from a stranger :)
If anyone's been through this, I'd like to hear your experiences!