I hear ya, Bon&Ted! My approach with kids is based around putting the animal first, and all the years of poor experiences I had as a kid with horses at the mercy of awful adults. Revenge, LOL.
I_love_equines hands off the pinto - he's mine, LOL. Actually, he is no.1 school horse for students, so perhaps one day you can play with him and see if he'd choose you as human partner over me. It does happen...briefly. Carrots usually necessary.
Spider n Toby check out the Showing and Events section of Stockyard. Apart from private consults I offer courses and open days, camps and theory classes too. Some of the latest was posted this morning.
Amber Sunday, get in touch anytime. I live and ride in Serpy, so we could tackle that whole "railway" line thing you're horse threw at you recently, LOL.