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    Re: [RC] [RC] Very young riders in AERC rides - FASTGraphic

    In a message dated 10/23/2002 11:09:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 
    Dbeverly4@xxxxxxx writes:
    << yes, I have two children ages 15 and 17 and I probably don't WANT to know 
    what they're up to 24/7 these days ;)  I do know that the thought of them 
    doing 100 miles at the age of 5 is nauseating and the only way they would 
    have done it was to satisfy my own ego.  I do believe that Cliffy Lewis might 
    just be a child prodigy and none the worse for wear.  However, what about the 
    kid who's parents decide that since Cliffy could do it their little "Mikey" 
    could do it?  I think AERC needs to do for these kids what it did for the 
    horses since the beginning. Stupid not to. >>
    For the most part, I agree with you.  The vast majority of children would 
    have no business doing this.  BUT!  LOL  I am a big believer in minimal rules 
    and relying on the parents to make such decisions.  As I said, mine are about 
    twice the age we are discussing, and they are NOT ready for it.  And my ego 
    doesn't need that.  :o)  That said, however, I would have to hear an enormous 
    wealth of evidence regarding body and mind development before I could see 
    setting an age limit.  What IS an appropriate age?  Doesn't that vary widely 
    from child to child?  And, as I have previously stated, setting such a limit 
    does provide a point in law which makes liability greater than not setting 
    one at all.  Interesting topic.....love to hear form some child development 
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