04-08-2009, 07:48 AM
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I don't know wether it's the same in California as here in Australia, but at most public equine events/gatherings, you have to be 18 years to be able to handle/show/ride or whatever a colt or stallion. I have seen some events where you can be 17 years, but the majority rule that 18 years is the go. Of course, even at 18 some people cannot control/work with a stallion. Or rather, should not. Age doesn't mean much sometimes, but I suppose there has to be some standing to reduce risk or injury to handler/rider/stallion/other people and other horses. I would think that there would be some sort of of age requirements/resrtictions in California also...
Perhaps you should contact Californian Equestrian Society's and see what they say?