The counselors are all teens and a few young adults such as myself.
I understand that I might not be 'qualified' but I can have some impact as other posters said. .
You are more "qualified" than you realize when you "see" and "say" something about a dangerous situation...
It isn't necessarily "age" but experience and that you were taught what is safe and what is not.
I've seen many camps use counselors who had minimal skills themselves for interacting with horses and the lesson program riders.
They were cheap summer help...bottom line, the place I observed this happening in is they got what they paid for...and yes, there were injuries and lawsuits!
As for some of the counselors having their own mounts and not dealing with this...
They started with a horse who was taught respectful manners, and are continuing to keep respectful manners....
The lesson horses at this place seem to have many handlers and ones that not know or don't enforce respect and proper manners given to the handler...they're animals and quickly learn to take advantage to benefit them!
Whether the "handlers" are lesson riders or the paid staff...well, they're handlers needing to be educated in how to do it right, do it correctly so all remain safer, or safer in this case of disrespectful and bad mannered horses.
Can you not take lunch together one day and discuss the situation so all can work on the problem together, consistent handling, so the lesson riders and all you counselors are safer when the horses are handled and behavior tolerated or corrected as needed...
This would be all the staff
who work with the horses... a working lunch.
No students allowed at such a meeting...
It takes a "across-the-board" approach to make a impact.
You doing is
great, but if not carried through the horses will just learn to either behave better in your presence or resent your authority and become more unpredictable in your handling of them.
The fact these are
the farms "regular" lesson horses would concern me greatly...
To me it shows a serious issue with the running of the barn, animals chosen/schooled/used to make $$ for them. sorry, my opinion.