So, we have continued with our horse trainer, and my daughter has gotten on the pony, and been riding it around, with the trainer telling her what to do, when to turn, to keep her moving, etc. The pony lunges well, can be lead around well, stands for work on her hooves well, and seems to be doing good. Yesterday, my daughter -9 y.o. Was just casually riding around the pasture, and the pony would stop once in awhile and she was told to keep it going, don't let it stop unless she stops it, etc. The pony was acting quite lazy, then all of a sudden, my daughter kicked it slightly harder-and the pony bolted! We were standing there helpless, and my daughter basically bailed off, and fell to the side. She was okay, always wears a helmet, but it was scary! She didn't know how to stop her, and panicked, so she tried to jump off.
I am getting really discouraged! This pony seems great most of the time, but if I can't trust it, I am not sure what to do. Is this normal, and something to expect? My daughter had not had practice moving very fast with this pony, so she was caught off guard, and couldn't remember what to do to try and stop, that's why she just fell off. Ughh! Is this the wrong pony, or is this something we just have to be aware of with any pony/horse we ride? We are enjoying having a pony, and loving it, and learning so much but I don't want to put my daughter in danger.
Thank you for any advice!!