Same arena where she had a crashing fall last week, here's Faelen (7) at work for her team Polar Express. They event raised 700E for the ISPCA drive for horses. Great fun and a confidence boost. The pony was foot perfect and we had a lovely warm up in a dreamy fibre arena. Sigh. ;D There were some speedy kids there. Wow! Cantering back to her team. We didn't win but really enjoyed ourselves.
Thanks everyone. For anyone heading into the kiddie/pony dynamic, I must say it's not all hearts and flowers. I have discovered that sometimes you DO have to push them on with a well aimed, but gentle shove rather than constantly praising and comforting them. She stopped riding entirely for a few weeks, and had to be confronted with the reality that if the pony wasn't' needed she was being loaned out. That and finding focus and more kid company with SJing etc., she's uttlery changed her tune. She was taught to ride by MVS ponies, a DGer here.