Re: [RC] Very young riders in AERC rides - Truman Prevatt
This is an issue for lawyers to address, but in FL this doesn't seem to
be the case. They seem to be ripping more kids out of their homes
(although they can't find them after they do and never mind some end up
dead in a bag on the side of I 275). I would like to see some expert
opinion - not our hear say, what we see on the news, etc. If there is a
problem the AERC - could be involved in it? It really doesn't matter,
what we think should be the case. It doesn't matter what we would like
to be the case. It doesn't matter what we want to be the case.
It will boil down to what a judge can be convinced by a lawyer what the
facts and the case are.
I would prefer the AERC know up front what the legal risk are and make a
consistence decision based on knowledge of these risk. Is that too much
Bette Lamore wrote:
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
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
- Re: [RC] Very young riders in AERC rides, Bette Lamore