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  • What to look for in a child's first pony

 
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    09-05-2010, 10:28 PM
  #11
Foal
Well halflingers are great but the only problem with all the halflingers I know is once they learn a bad habit its really hard to break. So if they get away with something once its going to take a strong rider to correct it. But they are one of my favorite breeds because I think they are really smart and versatile. And Im not sure how experienced you are but I would find a trainer to help you look for a horse. (unless you are experienced with horses and stuff) I would maybe try a welsh cob? Or a POA it depends on what you want to do with them after that.
     
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    09-05-2010, 10:49 PM
  #12
Green Broke
All this talk of breeds that are the best temperament is nonsense. Don't start looking with a breed in mind. Start looking with a child's pony in mind. All breeds can be stubborn, high strung etc etc.
     
    09-06-2010, 02:29 AM
  #13
Started
I'm a total pony lover, and especially love Welsh and POAs. But, what you should look for is a suitable horse or pony of ANY breed or mix, because it's the temperment and training that matter, not the breed :)
     
    09-06-2010, 02:46 AM
  #14
Trained
I'll give you my Mom's spiel. I went through almost seven ponies in one year when I was five, until she finally
Developed a method.

A horse or a pony, DOES NOT MATTER so long as it's gentle, sensible, and SANE! Bring a whip, some of those little white firecracker things, and an airhorn. (Sounds crazy, but trust me.)

1) Fire off all of those things. Maybe the airhorn from a longer distance. Crack the whip, snap off a few firecrackers. This is the redneck way to bombproof, but also to test the stability of the horse. No spookiness.

2) If you have a quad or motorcycle, walk the horse/pony down the driveway and then have someone ride past you and then next to you with it. Works with cars too.

3) Ride away from the herd. Make sure the animal won't freak when his buddies are walking away.

4) Deliberately make mistakes. Pull just a little too hard, give a bit too hard of a kick. Mount awkwardly (accidently kick the rump, toe in the side, etc.) and anything else you can think of. These are all mistakes kids can make.

5) Swing the whip EVERYWHERE. Wrap it around the legs and pull it off, swing it over the head, around the rump, etc. Obviously you shouldn't abuse the poor thing but you
Need to make sure the horse/pony isn't going to spook at anything in his tail, around his legs, in his ears, etc.

Everyone is going to tell you get a trainer or get them lessons. Please, that is the answer almost everyone can give to almost any question. To me it sounds like a broken record. But if you want a horse you can teach the kids on, you have to do the extreme to make sure the horse/pony is sane, smart, and sensible.
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    09-06-2010, 02:50 AM
  #15
Trained
Oh, and make sure whatever you get is big enough for you to get on to correct any problems. Thisdrives me crazy with my beginner lessons. I can't get on their tiny mini horses because I'm too big. And then I see kids making bad habits
They can't fix. -.-
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    09-06-2010, 02:51 AM
  #16
Trained
Oh, and make sure whatever you get is big enough for you to get on to correct any problems. Thisdrives me crazy with my beginner lessons. I can't get on their tiny mini horses because I'm too big. And then I see kids making bad habits they can't fix. -.-
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    09-06-2010, 10:17 AM
  #17
Trained
Too true Sorrel, that's why I got the one I ended up getting, she's big enough for me to ride. She isn't a beginner pony though.... But with some long rides/works from me for the next 6-9 months I think she'll do well. Especially if I keep working with the small child. What I really like about her is that she thinks doesn't just react. That can be a bad thing, but I didn't want a horse like Soda who just reacts without thinking you know? I love my boy and wouldn't trade him for the world, but I don't want two horses like that!
     
    09-06-2010, 10:37 AM
  #18
Weanling
I wouldn't have a set notion in mind about breed or age. My main pony as a kid was a 13 hh mutt of a pony my mom bought at an auction when he was 3 and greenbroke. She liked the fact that he was so lazy and calm about everything going on in there, so she bought him and finished him out for me. Just like we had a 4 yr old paint that was only green but he was so gentle and lazy I would have let any kid walk/trot him around. I agree with SorrelHorse above too. A little kid isn't going to do everything perfectly, So whenever I'm riding a horse I know will be a kids horse I will wave my arms around it and in their face, swing ropes around them, swing my feet around out of my stirrups when I ride until they don't care anymore and jump up and down beside them. Basically just make sure you can climb all over them. And I would look for something at least 12 hhs so you can jump on it, even if it is bareback. Depending on your childrens sizes most medium sized ponys will last awhile
     
    09-06-2010, 10:55 AM
  #19
Yearling
My very first pony was a 18year old shetland crossed with a connemara.
HE was a riding school pony who went to sour and old for lessons so we actually adopted him for free he was put down last year at 37years old after teaching 7of us to ride.
So go to your riding school and see is there any old school ponies you can get as many just want them to go to a permanent home where they will be properly looked after and you can guarantee that those ponies are kid safe.
     
    09-08-2010, 02:28 AM
  #20
Green Broke
Get something that is big enough yuo can still hop on to fix anything, and worry about what their attitude is like. A pony like this :


might not be as much fun as one that has a good head and is willing to do what they want.
     

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