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post #21 of 52 Old 06-07-2013, 08:52 PM
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I wouldn't give her my horse.

She isn't a legal adult and therefor can not sign a contract that would be accountable in a court room.

Second, kids are kids. They just are. I'd like someone who could be accountable for their actions (legal adult at least) and someone who has the maturity of an adult.

I used to train as a kid and was pretty good at it, I think all of us who have trained as kids consider ourselves fairly good at it. But there are many qualities an experienced adult trainer has over a kid. If she's proven herself through the years and I needed a trainer 10 years down the line, I'd consider her.

But I'm not going to give her one of my horses to prove herself on. I know...maybe I'm just rude and mean. But I'd like a knowledgable adult over a kid. Too many things can go wrong.

I applaud her enthusiasm and wish her the best of luck though.
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Times have changed. At that age insurance wasn't needed. If you did something and got hurt, you were to blame, no one else. Teenagers who seem to bounce when they come off seem to get the spoiled horses to get them from what they've become to what they can be, safe and fairly dependable.
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At 16 I thought I was going to set the horse training world on fire too :)

Then after having my a$$ handed to me several times and some time I realized I wasn't as good as I thought.
That can be a pivotal point, either you accept your not as good as you thought and go on to put in the time and learn, give up completely or go on thinking your the best and not make any money at it.
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Though it's a personal preference of mine to not use an outside trainer for my own horses, I wouldn't jump right to condemning her and saying "I'd never take my horse to her just because she's young".

I, like many others, started training for other folks when I was younger than her. Granted, I generally didn't ride anything too nasty and I didn't have the knowledge to do all the finishing work that I can do now, but I could turn out a sane mount that just about anyone could ride if they didn't need anything fancy. For most riders, that's just about what they need...a horse that they can catch out of the pasture, put their saddle on, mount up, and ride off without having to worry about getting kicked, bucked off, run off with, run over, etc.

Just, for example, this mare. She was one of the first "green" horses I ever worked. My Dad had put a handful of rides on her before he just handed me the reins and said "she's all yours". She would go, stop, and turn (most the time) when I started riding her. By the time she went home, I was loping circles, she'd seen about a million miles of trails, she'd been roped off of, and you can see she'd ride bareback...all with a calm demeaner and a level topline. I was about 12-13 at the time.

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post #26 of 52 Old 06-08-2013, 01:36 AM
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Sometimes a young rider is a good thing.....because they're young and still bounce!

My trainer knows a gal that she started using when she was around 15 for whenever a horse needs the bucks ridden out. She may not be a professional trainer or going to teach anything wonderful to your horse, but she's a good rider that isn't going to ruin any existing training and when a fight needs to be picked, she's all over picking that fight and wins every last time. The whole barn gathers 'round when they hear this gal is going to be riding someone's horse because you KNOW it's going to be one hell of a ride to watch.

Not too many older folks that want to do that! They are well aware of their mortality and that it's well worth paying a good, inexpensive, young rider to ride out the nonsense.
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Unfortunately I wouldn't hire her- because as a minor, the adult in the situation is responsible for their well being. If she's riding your horse under 'your supervision' you're liable, she can't legally sign her own waivers or contracts etc. and in this day and age even if SHE or her parents don't sue there's nothing saying her insurance company wont come after you. You're just not safe. That said I'd love to see younger riders working as 'assistant trainers' under people with insurance, learning as they go (AND hopefully learning the business side of things as well).
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post #28 of 52 Old 06-08-2013, 02:32 AM
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i think its great a person starting younger..all the more knowledge for her!..wait till shes 30 and highly sucessful! due to starting young and getting knowlege!
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I would hire a young person to put miles on and maybe teach some manners, but not necessarily to train professionally.
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post #30 of 52 Old 06-08-2013, 02:19 PM
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I'm 17, n train horses...?? Of course I had help before, n always ask advice from horse people adults, when over a tough one, but, there is not set age for a horse Trainer, I know a 16 year old girl, who a better trainer, then most of the adults round here, and i'd trust her training my horse, over them lol
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