Like a few others said, when kids are in school EVERYONE wins. No one's a loser and everyone is just as good as everyone else.
That's a serious problem!! You need to learn and work your BUTT off to get places!
I think you hit the nail on the head there. I am old so I am sure there are tons of teenagers rolling their eyes when reading my posts. Things were different in the past. In the past, not everybody won. Many/most lost, they worked hard to get ahead or to win. They started at the bottom and worked their way up.
At 13 years old, you didn't work to buy your horse, pay trainers to teach you or pay trainers to train your horse. Your parents did. In my youth I broke a lot of horses, rode a lot of show horses, won a lot of ribbons/trophies but I was not a trainer. I never considered myself a trainer and though I trained many horses, I considered myself a student. There are always people who know more then you.
The only 13 year old that I would consider allowing to work with my critters would be one that was humble enough to know they were just starting out and only knew the equivalent of a drop in the bucket of knowledge. The truth is, we all start at the bottom there, no matter how big our ego is. Anyone who thinks they know more then a professional trainer with years of experience, when they are 13, is just dangerous.
No matter how hard you work, no matter how many horses you have been blessed to deal with, you simply do not have the life experience yet at 13 to know it all. The smart ones keep their mouths shut and their ears open and keep working to learn. At 44 years old, I am still a drop in the bucket of knowledge and I expect I still will be when I am 100. There is so much to know, you can't know it all when you are so young.