Just saw this post, and had to comment.....my horse is an 18month old gelding, great ground manners, and a great head on him! Don't get me wrong...he has his moments!!
But I was exceptionally proud of him yesterday....a woman brought her 4-5 year old daughter to the barn yesterday. I forgot my phone, and wanted to take pictures of Rodeo, so I brought with me to get my camera in my car. As I was walking towards the parking lot, the little girl came bolting around the car wagging her hands, and screaming. Rodeo didnt even bat an eye!!!
LOL....I was expecting him to react, and he could have cared less. They then went onto the little slide, and swings, and we had to walk past that to get to the pasture, again I was expecting a blow out, and once again, Rodeo could have cared less :)
Ground work, and desensitizing....and yes even kids(at times) really does pay off!!!