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        08-13-2013, 05:04 PM
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    I don't think age matters. I base my decisions on maturity, ability, experience etc..

    As far as being liable goes, I think It depends on the state your in, if you have medicaid, insurance, and if your parents sign something saying you aren't liable for any mishaps. I think It would be perfectly fine hiring a teenager for certain jobs. When I was 16 I generally rode green horses, giving them more miles under the saddle, teaching them to neck rein, working with them on there fears, etc. I did everything except the first ride. Last Year when I was 17 My hand was broken while training a horse. I didn't go after the owner because I knew the risk when I got involved, but I had a good insurance policy and as soon as my hand healed I was back on green horses. So in my opinion it all depends on what the 16 year old is like. I use teens for the first ride, generally older trainers fear hitting the ground more, and younger trainers are cheaper and usually fearless. However, I don't think I would let a 16 year old train my show horses.
         
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        08-13-2013, 05:25 PM
      #52
    Showing
    I retrained some real knotheads at 16. No one carried insurance as everyone assumed that by being around large animals someone sooner or later would get hurt. This way there was no one to blame but myself and no one twisted my arm to make me get on. And that's the way the Canadian judges saw it. I also put some nice w/t/c on those knotheads.
         

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