i acctually know quite afew thing abot saftey around horses, considering I have just stated learining about them :)
Yeh, I know its silly. PARENTS. Lol ;)
Let me get this straight. Parents buy kid a horse, then don't "trust" any knowledgable person they can hire to teach said kid how to deal with horse? Yet they will allow kid to be around horse without knowledge? Does that makes any kind of sense to anyone at all? Do these parents have clue how hurt their kid could get from having pwetty poneh in the yard with kid who knows nothing? Wow. Just Wow.
It also amazes me that they trust someone to sell them a horse, but noone to teach them or kid anything? People are wonderful, aren't they?
A horse that is so sore it will not trot is pretty sore. It may be time for a vet. If they have one they think they can "trust". :-/
I would never allow a 13 yr old inexperienced horse person to teach a younger inexperienced horse person about horses, riding, horsemanship or care of the horse. At 13 yrs old, it's very difficult to teach anything and a young teen without the relevant experience trying to teach is just asking for trouble.
The parents need to invest in a qualified instructor for BOTH girls before someone gets hurt. The parents need to invest in vet visits for the horse with thrush. The parents need to take a greater level of responsibility in this situation instead of palming it off to a 13 yr old child.
Horses are potentially very dangerous and for kids without experience, if there's no experienced adult around, it can be a recipe for disaster.
I seriously hope these parents step up.