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[RC] FW: [RC] minimum age? - Ginny Holsman

IMO age is not the factor that should be in question; it's a matter of maturity, responsibiliy, and cnsideration of others. Some youngsters are mature, responsible, considerate; others are not. Some adults should not be allowed to compete because they are not mature, responsible and considerate. IMO we should not set age limits at all; just standards of acceptable behavior.

From: Mary Campbell-Crowder <endurancegirl72@xxxxxxxxx>
To: Ridecamp <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [RC]   minimum age?
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 09:48:19 -0800 (PST)

I truly have no major opinion either way on setting an age minimum. That said, as a former Trail Guide (yes for 10 years i gave horsey rides to the non-horsey public) I can honestly say that there are people out there who have no idea how dangerous a horse can be for a child (or an adult). HOLD ON TO YOUR FLAME BUTTONS!!! I also know that us horsey folks know those risks, and we acknowledge them everyday. I absolutely applaud Colton and his parents for bringing up the young cowboy in a knowlegable environment and teaching him as best they can. I think it's a huge accomplishment!!
I only know that I have seen some ugly accidents involving both children and adults.
So everytime one of us puts a foot in a stirrup we take a chance. Obviously someone out there will eventually make a bad decision, and someone else will climb on their soapbox again, until that time I say RIDE ON Little Man, Little Woman, or whoever!!
One day if I ever have children they will be brought up on the back of a reliable horse and if they want to ride endurance i will love them even more.
Carmin (i don't like kids)
Jinx (i love kids, they smell weird)
Fancy (what? i was eating...were you talking to me?)
Gypsy (ummmm...ok whatever, i'm only a kid myself)

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