How old is your daughter
How long has she been taking lessons
How big is the horse
How big is your daughter
How confident is she?
Having had horses for 47 years and taking lessons as well as watching lessons, these are important questions....
Dismounting is an important skill thats why I asked. Some answers to the questions above would be reasons why he hasnt taught her how to dismount without steps yet. The skill requires you have your feet free at the last moment you keep hold of the saddle as you lightly hop down.... Even if the horse is running you can do this. This skill is a safety skill. You don't have to use it once you know how. But it should be taught eventually.
I am five foot eight and weighed 330 pounds the last time I rode my girl in 2003. She is over 17 hands tall. I got on using a mounting block... but refused to use one to get off and stunned my trainer when I did that style of dismount. It wasnt pretty but I got off clean without any worries. Muscle memory from my real riding days.
DD just turned 8 and has been taking lessons for a bit over six months now, lol. She is 50" tall and I'm not sure how tall the horse is...I'll post a photo. As for confidence, she is pretty confident I would say. She has fallen off of Jolie, and bounced right back up and got back on (with the block)
. We actually started riding lessons for her as a bit of a respite. She has some significant learning disabilities and a younger brother (11 months younger) that is academically gifted. Pretty much everything that they do together, he does better, kwim? They both play piano and she is very good at it, but he is "better". He gets the notes more easily than she does, even though she has more of a musical touch. Riding was something we picked for her to do that was just for her...something that none of her little brothers can come along and outshine her.
Its also something that she enjoys very much. So after a long, hard week of struggling in school with pretty much every subject, she gets to go to the barn and ride. She loves loves loves it, lol!