I learned to ride on a shetland pony that was cart trained only. He belonged to the people next door, we got use him and his buggy, tired of that and decided to ride him. Unsupervised , around 13. We had an area we could ride and drive but not to go past the set boundry.
If we did something really stupid we kept our mouths shut, unless we really got hurt and had to see a doctor. Then we got grounded .
People are to quick to condemn, to sue , to blame, to try to control every situation.
I am so glad my parents let me be a kid. I rode bikes without a helmet, drank from the water hose, played with skates and skate boards w/o knee pads or helmets. Rode horses bareback, played acrobat on them, got hurt a few times. Learned something from it..
The only time I was hurt badly on a horse is when some kids sicced thier dog after the horse I was riding and threw firecrakcers at us and I was 18 .
People whom sell kid safe beginner horses should be honest . I don't know how many kids safe beginner horses have bucked me off.