FYI: Her website DOES hold a "disclaimer: 'Working with and around horses can be a dangerous activity, which could result in serious injury or death. Because of the unpredictable nature of horses, Alycia Burton and all associated with the production company will not assume any liability for your activities, related to this information contained on this DVD or website or not. This DVD and website and the products sold on it provide basic instruction and information that may not be suitable for every rider or every horse. No warranty is given as to the suitability of this instruction and information to you, or to anyone with whom you share this instruction and information. Furthermore, riding instructors using these techniques and information must assume all liability for sharing this information. Personal instruction may be more suitable for some individuals.'
So for anyone trying to bash her for not informing those that horses are in fact dangerous, and that her riding style is undoubtly more of a danger, please be aware that she takes all legal precautions. Honestly, what she does is obviously hard. She is a talented rider, who should not be critiqued for her decision to spread her belief in "free riding." If I could ride as well as her, I would definitely "free ride" too!
As far as 14 year olds seeing her video and deciding to mimic her; that is not at all her fault. She should not be punished or blamed for the actions of others. She is only showing videos of controlled situations. She is not posting videos of crazy, out of control horses. She has been wearing a helmet in all the videos I have seen (which is still a personal choice, anyway), and her animals never appear out of control or wild.
I see no harm in her posting her videos, or even selling instructional DVD's. How is her selling video's any different from Clint or Pat? Things they preach can still be dangerous to humans. Hell, ALL of horse riding is dangerous to humans. Even horses, at times.
People need to learn to take responsibilty of their actions. And parents who have children with horses need to have a large role in the training/care of their kids and animals. I would never let 14 year old ride unsupervised. I'm 24 and still like to know that at least someone is around when I'm riding.
Society to too whiny as a whole. This is a talented girl, showing off her talents. She is good at riding, and makes money from what she knows. Just like any other good business man/woman. She is in no way forcing anyone to buy her goods/services, and is not in control of other's actions.
I don't see any danger in what she does with her horses.
...Well, not any MORE danger than anything else that involves a 1,200 lb animal.