Re: [RC] Very young riders in AERC rides - Bette Lamore
I don't know about the rest of the country--- but I seriously doubt that
allowing a child to compete in endurance is going to qualify as child
abuse. The pendulum is now swinging the other way against ripping kids
out of their natural homes. The reason: inadequate and insufficient
foster homes. In fact, I only recently left my position in Protective
Service in CA and Santa Barbara policy on heroin users/Coc/Speed etc.
users is that as long as the needles are not laying on the kitchen table
within reach of the kids and so long as a baby-sitter is hired during
the "tripping" times, the kid remains in the home. Never mind the
parental emotional/mental absenteeism. However, if the drug abuser
parent is not feeding their kids or is beating their kids--- that is
another matter. BUT some of the foster homes are almost as bad. Gives
the good ones a bad rep.
My point is that unless CA is waaaaay different from the rest of the
country, the chances of a child abuse charge being levied for allowing a
5 year old or even a three year old to ride endurance while accompanying
their parent and wearing a helmet are waaaaay slim.
Truman Prevatt wrote:
I think the issue some have with this is if you replace the world
"child" with the word "horse" the AERC does have concern with young
horses but not young children. Isn't it up the the horse owner when he
can and how far he can ride his horse? If not they why are young
The AERC is a national organization. It functions in all 50 states of
the US and Canada. As such it can come under the laws of all 50 states
and Canada. My question is does the AERC as an organization risk running
afoul of the law in some state or Canada concerning it's lack of a
policy concerning young children?
If so one local social worker or prosecuting attorney could make the
AERC's life pretty miserable. We do live and function in a larger society.
Isn't up to the parents to dicide whether the child can participate in
the sport? Why would it be Aerc's problem to deal with, shouldnt it be
the parents decision?
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- Re: [RC] Very young riders in AERC rides, Cocomix3
- Re: [RC] Very young riders in AERC rides, Truman Prevatt