Once, at my sisters school (she is 11) the teachers were asking around who would like to participate in an upcoming SHOWJUMPING competition and my sister told the teacher that she would maybe ride MY horse!!! Now for those who don't know Luca, he's a 6 year old, very green, recently broken in horse who trusts ONLY ME, and who hasn't jumped with a rider any higher than 30cm. My sis knows that
. And to add to it all, her friend (also 11 yrs old) was very excited, saying that she would probably ride LUCA too! *MAJOR facepalm* she has been to my horse once, where she sat on Luca ONCE (not walking or anything) with me holding him. I also let her do a tiny bit of groundwork, and because he's such a gentleman when it comes to slaloming between car tyres, he followed her quietly, but still looking nervously at me once in a while. So I went and asked that girl why she wanted to ride Luca in this SHOWJUMPING COMP, and it went something like this:
Me: so why do you girl wanna ride Luca?
Sis: cuz he's so quiet and I've ridden him before.
Friend: cuz he really likes me and follows me!
Me: you do realise that this horse has only just been broken in...
Friend: I know, but he really trusts me!
Sis: yeah, and you can come and watch.
Me: he's never been to a show before!
Sis: you can do it too! And I go after.
Friend: so that he's experienced after you rode him then I can ride him as well!