Dude people, chill out. She can wear a helmet if she wants to. And I go without shoes all the time bareback, you don't really need them unless you are in a saddle.
I strongly disagree. I was once a teen w/ a horse and little adult supervision as well. I did things that I look on and think, man I was DUMB. That movie the horse whisperer, where the girl gets hit by the semi? My horse Pistol and I raced to the edge of a field and then I expected him to stand quietly while cars went by... NOT.
I remember looking straight at the dodge symbol on the grill of the caravan and then I screamed and he reared and we fell over backwards, he kicked the side of the van as his feet flew up. I remember yanking his reigns and saying "get up so I can see if your hurt"... he left me standing in the road while her ran back to the barn! He was fine, scrapes and bruises. But it was a humbling experience. It could have been the end of my horse, and it would have been MY fault for not using my common sense.
I've been riding for over 20 years and I could give tons of stories, my stupidity and others.
My point is, I come into these threads with my moderator hat on and I tell people to be fair. (I admit it, I've been there). But the thing is, READ the advice, take it or leave it but when people offer comments, they are only trying to help. And NOT just for the horse, it's for the rider too....
BE SAFE... Ok I'm done and no, I'm not wearing my moderator hat right now. I'm wearing my Mommy hat and it's a much, MUCH bigger one!
"Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you
Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin knees get lazy
And love like crazy"