Re: [RC] Very young riders in AERC rides - Joe Long
On Thu, 24 Oct 2002 12:12:01 EDT, EgyptianMirage@xxxxxx wrote:
>In a message dated 10/23/02 5:38:47 PM Pacific Daylight Time, jlong@xxxxxxxx
>> But young children will happily do many things
>> that are dangerous or can damage their growing bodies simply due to
>So is climbing a tree! Are you going to try and ban that also?
The AERC does not sanction tree-climbing. ; ^ >
>you deny a child of 5, that can "obviously" perform, the opportunity to do
>something that gives them the confidence they can use throughout the rest of
If they have a rest of their life.
>I think you are forgetting the fact that most stress comes from
>negative influences, not positive ones.
I'm talking about physical stress on bodies, especially bones, and the
risks of injury from an accident.
>I would have to think that riding a
>100 mile ride would tend to lean on the side of joy and accomplishment. I
>applaud that 5 year old and wish them more rides in the future.
I wish him many successful rides and a long, healthy life. I'd hate
to see his life cut short or his health ruined because he started
before his body could physically handle it.
>Forgive me if I am wrong but I believe the AERC's responsibility is for the
>horse, not other parents children! Next thing you know, the masses will
>start telling us we can't spank our children......Oh yah, I forgot, they
The AERC already recognizes its responsibility to "other parents
children" in its rules requiring adult sponsors and helmet use. A
minimum age is consistent with these.
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