state = to express something definitely or clearly in speech or writing |
I think some or wanted to see "started" instead of "stated" --- but makes more sense when considering the first post.
I think that was a typo and she did mean "started" in her sentence. It makes more sense in her sentence, to me any way.
That being said I do think she could go about helping her cousin (once the thrush is treated) in learning some very basic things. I had an instructor growing up, but there was a good stretch of years where I had my horse and no trainer and ended up learning a lot from friends, older family friends, and from my own trial and error. I learned more about grooming, horse care, feed/supplements, and ground work in those years without a trainer then the many years I did have one.
Now if her cousin starts doing barn chores, grooming, and learns what it takes to actually own a horse and decides that she wants to learn more then I really would push for her to go to an instructor because there are some things that only a professional can help you with. Not saying that you couldn't, I just feel that eventually she will reach your level of riding and she (and you too if you so desire!) will need someone with more experience to bring them to the next level.
Good luck with everything and I really hope you come back as you (both!) grow as riders! :)