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    Re: [RC] [RC] [RC] Very young riders in AERC rides - Susan Young Casey

    Nancy made excellent points.  We *should* proceed with
    caution.  Our children bring up all kinds of emotions
    and it's important not to react with emotion.  Also,
    consider that whether a child participates in any
    event is up to the parent.
    When I was a wee one, my Daddy taught me to respect my
    "orsie" and take care of him.  Just because they're
    bigger and older than me doesn't mean they can take
    care of themselves.  I remember that lesson to this
    day and continually educate myself to better take care
    of my "orsie".  A child CAN and DOES learn how to take
    care of a horse and can realize that competiting can
    be dangerous.  A child CAN and DOES learn what to look
    for during a ride.  
    A good example of this are the juniors in the Central
    Region (and I'm sure every other region as well).  One
    in particular has been in this sport since she was 5
    and not big enough to stay in the saddle when an
    Evergreen branch hit her.  She is an excellent
    rider/competitor today.
    Indeed, proceed with caution.
    Susan Young Casey, Princess of Pink, LIW, RRHA, RHS
    Semper Obliquo (Always aside)  
    Glenndale Grace Farm, Ft Gibson, Oklahoma U.S.A.
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    Re: [RC] [RC] [RC] Very young riders in AERC rides, Nancy Mitts