Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: I'm an American girl living in southwest France
Somebody needs a whipping and it ain't the pony. That instructor either doesn't have kids or shouldn't. In any case, if you want your child to want to ride in the future, set her up to enjoy riding at this age by letting her be on the pony while you or your husband lead it around, let her brush the pony (with close supervision), feed it treats (again, with close supervision). An injury could make her hate riding for life and fear horses way more than she should. Like others have said, she lacks the balance to be "serious" at this age.
“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare