My 9y.o. Daughter and I have been spending the summer schooling a project pony for her. I've been trying to train her in the NH way, mostly, using books and DVD's. We have been so pleased and proud of our beautiful smart pony and her progress.
The pony is young and playful, and she and my daughter like to go in to the large arena where we board and play games together totally at liberty. (ex; my daughter walks, trots, and runs, and the pony mimics her and follows her every move and turn and stop)
This is all calm and friendly, and the pony is following the leader. My daughter can even run over small jumps, and her pony will hop over them too, which cracks us up.
Now, I've spent quite a bit of time on schooling this pony in NH and some of it involved following me in the round pen, bonding, lots of body language, etc
A fellow barn boarder yesterday commented "Are you really letting that pony CHASE your daughter? That's really bad training..."
Should I dismiss this comment? Or am I doing something horrible and don't even know it? What do you think? I could get video if you all need to see what I mean...thank you for your opinions