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    04-19-2013, 01:31 PM
Thanks everyone. I have been voicing my opinion on this for a little while but I never seem to get anywhere. The actual owners have never owned a horse before (the 11 year old girls parents) and I know that they would never want to hurt him! However the people that gave him to the girl think they know "everything" and it is rather frustrating.

I am hoping by supplying the girls parents and the barn owner with factual information that they will understand why I am saying the things I am. I do not feel he should have anyone on his back till he starts getting more defined. Plus putting a girl I would call a solid beginner on his back is NOT a safe idea either.
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    04-19-2013, 05:23 PM
Perhaps remind him about green and green making black and blue. Has there been a reference to the little girl's weight? Perhaps provide information of how horses, especially young ones are ingrained to be highly reactive as that is how horses survived for millenia. You could mention how when a horse reacts all the thought process shut down. Their eyesight doesn't work like ours, think camera a bit out of focus, that the horse sees something very differently from us. Information like this seems to work better than saying your shouldn't.... because....

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