Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: East Coast of Australia
Gosh, a 13 yr old wanting to teach a 10 yr old to ride? Not a good idea. No offence but you're 13 and you've been around horses your "whole life"...which is no time at all. I'm ancient - 48 yrs old - and I bought my first horse 15 mths ago. I learnt to ride and care for horses during my teenage years. I saved up pocket money, I got jobs and I paid for a professional riding instructor to teach me. Not just riding but safety around horses, correct use and care of tack and equipment, tacking up, feeding, rugging, etc etc.
I'm still learning and I probably won't stop. Horses are a great teacher but the handler really has to have their wits about them when they're still a novice. That means horse handling under adult supervision in my opinion.
Horses are expensive. If there is no room in the parent's budget for lessons, I wonder why they purchased a horse for their child in the first place? This isn't being rude, but it seems a little short-sighted to me.
I would not be working this horse until the thrush has been remedied. It's a pretty painful infection in the hoof that can make the horse lame in the long term. Has a vet been out to prescribe a course of treatment as yet? If not, I'd strongly suggest that happens, and the sooner the better. Also, any infection can weaken the hoof's structures over time, which leads to all sorts of issues for the horse and can also mean permanent lameness.
Best of luck.