I have an older packer-type mare. I don't mind giving the occasional "pony ride," I have a leadline saddle my 4 yr old niece shows in. I actually like the little little kids.
Once though, a girlfriend brought out her daughter and she about drove me nuts. "Can I do this? " No." Can I do that?" No. "Can I run her?" Omg, No! You can't even steer at a walk! Ugh! (I don't know why, but someone asking if they can "run" her makes me crazy!)
Most people, when they ask to come ride, I just say "Sure!" and they usually never follow through anyway and I don't remind them, so that's fine.
It is funny to me, that people think if they rode a horse once, that they know all about it. They don't need lessons, they know how to ride! They did it on vacation once! eyes rolling...
Anyway, I read an interesting post on this over at The Regarding Horses blog.
I'm really excited about Mateo riding! He is a good listener! :) Also excited to get my other niece, Sadie, out to ride. Woo-hoo!