Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: In my own little world;)
Joe, I understand what you are saying. And I agree, I was 8 and doing everything on my own & was a lot smaller than she is but was a lot more physically advanced than she is. She does however have some physical issues that we've been working with her on since she was a baby (she first was coordinated enough to run and jump after she turned 3). She's not technically disabled in any way, just behind physically for her age, she grew faster than her body/brain was ready for (if that makes sense). As a parent, I'm trying to find that balance of pushing her to much and not enough.
We did that with riding a bike (pushed to hard). And she didn't want to have anything to do with it from the age of 4 to 7. She just learned how last summer. She still has a hard time pedaling, her legs just aren't string enough. It is getting better, it's just taking awhile.
She's expected to push her body as far as she can when tacking up, I'm trying to teach her to work past that feeling of giving up. We just practiced today. She was able to use the stool to get the saddle on, but to finagle it into it's proper place was difficult. It was causing the horse discomfort as well as she was trying, thus me trying to find that balance of helping to much, not helping enough.
Yes, her learning on a horse Odie's size isn't ideal. But it's what I have to work with, so I have to make due. She does use a stool when brushing and tacking up, always has.
"Just because I don't do things your way, doesn't mean I don't have a clue"