Reccomendations for a 6 yr old

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    11-29-2011, 07:27 AM
Reccomendations for a 6 yr old

I am thinking about getting a horse for my daughter. She is a beginner rider, so would need something calm/trained to take lessons on. She doesn't like tall horses, so something smaller would be great. QH's and POA's are definitely in the running for our top pick, but I don't really know much about the smaller horses to make a decision. Does anyone have any reccomendations?
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    11-29-2011, 08:10 AM
Sorry, but my initial reaction.......LESSONS! A bit early for her own horse, IMO.
    11-29-2011, 08:14 AM
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Gotta agree with franknbeans, loan or lessons. You'll find a horse that'll be too big and no fun, or one the right height she'll grow out of in a couple of years.

Not only that, she may lose interest. Then you're stuck with a pony ;)

Also, if you do decide to buy, make sure its big enough to get a teenager or young light adult on it so they can give it some training otherwise you end up with naughty pony syndrome.
    11-29-2011, 08:46 AM
Who is 6 years old?
Your daughter? Then, she don't need to have a horse of her own so soon.

The horse you're looking for? Too young for a beginer rider.
    11-29-2011, 08:56 AM
Agree, agree, agree.

If you want to find something for your daughter to ride, look for a lease of a school pony type. She will outgrow what you need now in ability and size wise in very short order, so the lease of an absolutely bomb proof leadline and walk/trot pony is what you want now, to be traded up for something requires a little more riding in a year or two.

Also beware of the fact that a six year old usually can't handle a horse by herself in terms of catching, grooming, tacking up, etc., and that my interfere with her feeling like it's "her" horse.

With lesson kids coming up in my barn, I wouldn't let them lease a pony until they could catch, groom, tack up on their own, and do some simple schooling in the ring with minimal supervision. Average age for those skills was 10 - 12; very few children are able before 10. I preferred that they lease a pony from me for 6 - 18 months to sort of try on the responsibility of horse care before they bought their own.
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    11-29-2011, 11:11 PM
I appreciate the thoughts. I hadn't even thought about her not being able to control a horse. Looks like lessons will be in her future. :) Im sure she will love that!
    11-29-2011, 11:30 PM
Make sure she gets lessons at a barn where they'll teach her how to groom the horse and put tack on it (if she's tall enough and strong enough to hold the saddle). This will make a huge difference in determining if she's really into horses enough to have her own at some point. It's also a really good way to start learning how to take care of horses.
    11-29-2011, 11:37 PM
Okay, this is silly. I know plenty of 6 year olds who are perfectly capable of catching a horse, leading, grooming, tacking, and even riding on their own. It all depends on the 6 year old, and of course on the horse.

That said, lessons and leasing are a great option. If you buy a horse that fits her height and skill now, in a few years, she will outgrow it, and be faced with the tough decision to sell her first pony. See if you can find a nice lesson barn with horses for lease. That will give her a taste of what having her own horse is like, without taking on the long-term financial responsibility.
    11-29-2011, 11:44 PM
I would suggest lessons also just to make sure she really does enjoy it. My brother made the decision to get my nieces a horse last christmas and they ended up selling it after a few months cause they didn't like her.
My nephew is 5 and has been taking lessons for a year and he rides a 13 hand pony. But he is like in his late 20's so he's calm.
    11-29-2011, 11:49 PM
A mother buying a horse for her daughter is her own decision. The thing I think is breed shouldn`t matter - don`t limit yourself. What you`re looking for is TRAINING.

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