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post #1 of 29 Old 11-11-2012, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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13 Year old kids and training horses....

Oh my gosh I'm not sure if its just the age or what...

We have some 4-H kids thinking they're suddenly horse trainers and they're trying to get clients and start a business, when yet they can't control their own horses.... *face palm*

What do you guys think? Is it the age or something else?

Its really something.

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post #2 of 29 Old 11-11-2012, 11:11 AM
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When I was 13 I was a "trainer" and I did have a few clients, but I was not most kids, and I had a trainer if I needed help.

I think the problem is the parents that tell their children that they are the best to much. It goes to their head.
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post #3 of 29 Old 11-11-2012, 11:39 AM
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It's probably a combination of things, their age probably not being helpful.

Has no one said anything? This doesn't sound safe.
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post #4 of 29 Old 11-11-2012, 11:44 AM
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When I was 13 (14 now lol) my trainer hired me to break and train her horses.
I think if they are good enough, they should be able too....
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I have known a few kids that were quite responsible and could be quite helpful. That said, I wouldn't have hired them straight out if they were not supervised by a more experienced trainer. At 13, you do NOT have the exerience to do too much on your own. It just isn't possible. Not to mention, if they get hurt, I would worry about lawsuits from their parents. Funny how the mood would change if things went wrong.
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post #6 of 29 Old 11-11-2012, 11:50 AM
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when i was thirteen i trained two horses. one in which i sold to a child's riding program when she was 5 yo and one that i still own. the one i sold to a childs riding program was just an all around amazing horse but because she was so well behave and i would have listed her bombproof i felt no need for me to keep her. she cared absolutely about nothing but her rider. she is now 14 yo and teaches 4-5 yo to ride.
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post #7 of 29 Old 11-11-2012, 11:52 AM
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Ive been training horses since i was 13. I had clients that young, and everyone was very pleased with their horses. I worked with horses and owners.

But i was not an ordinary 13 year old.
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post #8 of 29 Old 11-11-2012, 12:02 PM
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From the age of 10 years I was the rider at the riding school that rode all the 'naughty' ponies of which there were many!
I didn't get bucked off very easily and I rarely ever cried if I hurt myself and was always will ing to clamber back on.

Not exactly training and there were instructors around !
By the time I was 16 I was more or less running a very busy riding school. The owners were elderly and not in the best of health. I did all the breaking and schooling as well as a lot of the teaching.

At 13 most children think they not only have the answers but also that they are indestructible!
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At 12 I broke my first two weanlings to lead, plus the basics, and also futurity stuff. While I did all the work, my parents were always there to tell me what to do, what I was doing wrong, how to fix it, and what I was doing really well with. They didn't hover. They let me figure out a lot on my own, I didn't get killed, and my babies were awesome. I didn't start thinking I was a "trainer" until I saw the pros doing what I was doing, some of which I did much better. To me, it was/is just fun playing.

Now snooty little arrogant kids who are trying on a hat too big for them deserve to hit the ground when they think they know. Nothing bugs me more than when you are trying to teach someone and their answer is "I know" instead of "okay". My brothers kids are like that. It drives me crazy.
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[QUOTE=LadyDreamer;1753324]At 12 I broke my first two weanlings to lead, plus the basics, and also futurity stuff. While I did all the work, my parents were always there to tell me what to do, what I was doing wrong, how to fix it, and what I was doing really well with. They didn't hover. They let me figure out a lot on my own, I didn't get killed, and my babies were awesome. I didn't start thinking I was a "trainer" until I saw the pros doing what I was doing, some of which I did much better. To me, it was/is just fun playing.

Now snooty little arrogant kids who are trying on a hat too big for them deserve to hit the ground when they think they know. Nothing bugs me more than when you are trying to teach someone and their answer is "I know" instead of "okay". My brothers kids are like that. It drives me crazy.
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im still not 100% sure to this day that my parents could tell me what a mare or grading is. lol they bought me a 2 yo for my 13th birthday and left everything up to me. the knew nothing. this was the mare i sold to the kids riding group. I wasn't at all arrogant though. i thoroughly respected my horse. ]
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