10-22-2009, 11:40 AM
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It is not uncommon in ponies but should never be looked on as normal. I would stay away from one who founders easy.
Now, 3 years old is a bit young to start riding. I think most trainers will not take students younger then 6 or 7. If you just want a pony for your daughter to look at and pet under your supervision. Your daughter could ride the pony, if you want to lead her around on him with a proper fitting helmet, then getting her lessons as soon as she is big enough would be needed, so that she can learn to ride the pony properly.
Now that being said, I know that as a parent you want to get your daughter what she wants, but it maybe better for her riding to not get her a pony right away. It sounds backwards I know, but if you just get her lessons and she learns to ride a large variety of horses, maybe even leases some then she will be a better rider over all.