At the back of my field are some bungalows and in one of them is a lovely family who are horsey.
I was talking to them over the week-end and they were telling me about their pony Puck.
The little girl is eleven and still at the village school and started riding 5 years ago.
Mum has ridden for years and owned horses, older daughter also rode for a while but the youngest is crazy about them.
They bought her this pony, unbroken, 3 years ago and have done a really good job on him. He's kept about 400yds up the road in a small livery yard, but the little girl does everything for him.
They have brought her up to be a worker, the condition for her having the pony was that she had to look after him properly, every day, that if she didn't he would be sold.
I've never seen a pony so well cared for. His stable is immaculate, and he's groomed to within an inch of his life!
I've seen her riding him around the village, never on her own mind, so let her have a go last night on Max.
No nerves, listened to what I told her to do etc. Little super star.
She helped me groom mine, offered to help out with Freya!
Sounds like Freya might even get backed now! lol
Before anyone jumps at an 11yo being left in charge, mum watches like a hawk, would soon jump in, and livery owner is also on hand.
This little girl is being brought up right in my eyes, no different to how I was.
If you want something like a pony, you have to do the work and properly.
Really didn't think kids were taught this way anymore.
Thats fantastic.I'm so glad there are kids being brought up this way. I know of some who have it all right on their doorstep and dont take as much interest. I mean at there age I was a bloomin nightmare pestering my mum and dad all the time to let me help at the stables. I think its great when they are taught values from such an early age. Its a foundation for later on in life.
Good luck with her and hope she continues to be a good worker with you.
That's great to hear. There are so many kids at the stables who don't lift a finger to look after their horses. Their mums are left looking after the ponies while the kids run around screaming. I hate children.
thats good and so she ****** should, i cant stand kids that dont look after their ponies, mine would of certainly been sold had i been one of those kids,
at my old work there was a girl about 15 really fat overweight girl, got everything she wanted, posh saddles, expsnive long boots, loads of lessons and never looked after anything right, he mum, who had a problem with her leg had to look after both her ponies and she would do nothing and sometimes not even ride her horse drove me mad, and then had the cheek to look at how i cared for my horse, i can safely say mum would of sold mine if i had ever been like that