Any advice gratefully received...
We've just loaned a 13.2h pony for my 7 & 9 year old dds (we have a companion riding Shettie which they rode previously and they occasionally went on my small Cob- lead rein) and they've had 3 months' of weekly lessons.
We asked if they would to loan a pony and explained the work this involved and they were over the moon. (Lessons were costing a fortune for two kids once a week).
So we found a loan pony in November and 9 weeks in, one has more or less given up riding!!!! The other is also considerably less keen than when doing riding lessons.
To be fair, we took the pony on in winter. During the milder weather, the 9 year old was keener to ride....Right now she's definitely less so. Is it the cold do you reckon? Or do you think she may have liked riding as it was at a riding club? I did explain clearly the difference that having pony at home means, but I wonder if she liked the sociability of the stables and other kids?
To be fair - she's also fallen off recently (accidentally steered into a jump and plopped off afterwards - but got right back on again) and been slightly carted off with (sedate canter off in school- but she's not learned canter yet) in the last couple of weeks so could be this too...
I have said to her that if she wants to give up, its fine - but she says she doesn't. The problem is (age old problem) that all the work falls to me and I'm struggling to keep it all together (with work etc) so if she's not AMAZINGLY keen then I honestly don't think I want to keep mucking out/feeding/caring for both this new pony and the Shettie. I could rehome the 13.2 for the owner, sell the Shettie and just enjoy my own and be mucking out just one pony. Or am I just being lazy and expecting too much of dd for this time of year? Are your kids less keen to ride in the cooler weather?
Have said I'll give her until mid summer to prove she actually wants to ride/own a pony unless it becomes pretty clear either way before then. I'm going to try to get Pony Club sorted as I think this might also give her something to aim at and a more fun time....just don't want to push her into a sport she's not enjoying (nor pay for it and do all the work to boot!!!!!).
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Kids - to give up or not..?
stancissimamama · 18/01/2012 14:45
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