Horse Camp for kids - what is suitable
Hello, I started this account to ask the general horse community about what is taught at childrens horse camps.
I used to be horse crazy when I was a child, but unfortunately never had any opportunity of my own for horses.
Now my 9 year old daughter has the bug. So I signed her up for a natural horsemanship camp, hoping she would learn the basics of riding.
The third day of camp I came to pick her up, and there was a child in the round pen "doing a join up" as I was informed by the instructor/owner. As far as I'm concnerened she was ALONE in the pen with a loose animal running around
The instructor assured me that it was safe and that I should not worry. The other parent there did not seem fazed, so I assumed it was okay, but I still am not convinced
As she was explaining it, she said all horses needed to be joined up otherwise they will bully you. She says this makes the child the leader. To be honest I would rather pay a trainer rather than have my child chase it in a pen...but my little girl is so enthusiastic about everything she's learned, and with the instructor approving of it it makes VERY difficult to say no...It makes me feel like the "mean mom".
Am I over reacting or is this just a part of horsemanship everyone should know?
Thank you in advance