Originally Posted by JCnGrace
An A class mini (34" and under) is not for riding as it's a rule of thumb that you put no more than 40 lbs. On their back. They can be used for driving. B class mini's can tote a small child but are too small for even an older child that is capable of doing some training under saddle to ride so unless you find one that is already totally kid broke with no bad habits then how are you going to get it suitable to ride for a very young child? A larger pony or small horse that can be ridden by an older person whenever it needs a little training reinforcement would be better.
Personally, I don't mix my mini's with my bigger horses. Even a lets kick up our heels and run through the pasture could be deadly to the mini if that kick happened to catch it in the head.
^^This. We have the best school pony ever at my job. She is maybe 12hh or so and stocky. Definitely small enough for even the tiny ones yet big enough that a small adult can hop on her to school or even to ride. Cute as a button and talented and knows her job no matter what it is (jumping/pony rides) just add to the talent. This is the pony you want. Get a pony large enough a small adult can ride even if it's every now and then and you'll also be grateful when your daughter starts growing! She'll outgrow even a larger mini VERY quickly.