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        12-01-2011, 12:44 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I agree with most on here..lessons and more lessons with a trainer that will make her groom, pick out the feet when she is able, and when she can...teach her to tack her horse.
    This will give her time to decide if she really wants to have her own horse.
    Make it as much fun as you can for her...if she loves it, she will start bugging for a horse of her own when she is older. Best of luck
         
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        12-01-2011, 08:41 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    I have to agree, for right now lessons is the way to go. She has been away from horses for 2 years, we need to start over at the basics. Safety first. :) If she likes it and sticks with it, then we will talk about getting her something.
         
        12-01-2011, 11:07 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Just gotta put my vote in for when she's ready, POA! They make great kids ponies and if you get a larger one it will be fine for adults to ride but small enough for her to feel safe. They are great horses, all I've met are level headed and mellow. My sister leased a POA mare for a while and my gelding is POA, I just love them! And go with an older one, the oldies make the best kids buddies.
         
        12-01-2011, 11:38 PM
      #14
    Started
    I also agree that lessons are the best place to start, but if and when she does get her own horse, I think that a 13 to 14 hand pony is an awesome size. They are small enough to be more manageable, but still big enough to get real schooling from adult riders if needed and kids won't typically grow out of them too quick.

    I never grew out of my 13.2 hh Welsh Cob! I still ride her and love her more than anything... but then I'm only 5'3". ^_^
         
        12-02-2011, 03:55 AM
      #15
    Trained
    Agree with Eolith. A large pony is GREAT!! I am short and slender but with REALLY long legs and so my 15.1 1/2 hand medium-build Anglo Arab only just barely takes up my leg. I would like another hand of height on him. I'm only 5'4" and 110 pounds!

    And yet I can still happily ride a 13.3hh solid pony. Cob-types mostly. 13.3 and SOLID is great, takes up SO much leg but isn't so hugely tall that the kid feels terribly over-horsed. If you look at the welsh cobs or if you're in the $$$$$$$ (or the UK) try a gypsy cob/vanner, your child will NEVER grow out of it, and they can easily be hauled back into line by an adult or teenager if they're getting too big for their boots.
         

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