Author needs ranching-related advice
Hi, I'm an author and awhile back got some great advice on a question regarding horses/ranch life (I understand this is "farming" not ranching, but I believe my question will be a basic generic one that applies to any variation.) I need to know what mistake a young kid, inexperienced around horses, ranches, etc., could make, that would really tick people off and create a lot of extra work for people. The boy will only be 5 or 6 at the time.
The situation is a family dealing with a lot of emotional baggage, things are already raw and sensitive, and this boy is trying to help, but screws up badly. My idea was something along the lines of his forgetting to close a gate or something, horses/animals get out (there are horses, cattle and chickens on this ranch), causing hours of wasted time rounding them up.
Will that work? I just need something simple; it's not a major plot point, just "something that happened" that will cause his grandpa to make an irritated comment that is hurtful to the boy.
Thanks for any advice!