10-10-2010, 08:27 PM
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Depends on the circumstances. I agree, you tend to find WAY more ads by misguided teenagers then adults where they think just because they caught the neighbour's loose wild horse once and someone said they were gifted, magically they think they can train anything. Though it's alarming how many ADULT ads I find like that as well.
I've met a few kids in my lifetime I'd trust to train my horse - however, these are almost entirely and exclusively range ranch kids who've grown up with horses and been riding (and usually competing) since they were knee high to a grasshopper. The only problem is that it's usually THESE kids who understand how much more they have to learn and won't take on horses to train. Kind of ironic eh?
I also can't help but wonder what sort of legal action you're facing if your horse severely injures an under age kid? I imagine the judge isn't going to understand that you paid the kid $100 to train Snicker Doodle so the kid must be a legitimate business right?
Frankly, with the legal repercussions present nowadays, I wouldn't let anybody but a professional trainer on my horse. Anyone who doesn't have a business number to go with that swagger can sue you in an instant if your horse piles them!