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post #11 of 14 Old 06-04-2010, 12:23 PM
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I'd have to agree, the individual pony is more important than the breed. I've encountered bratty ponies of both breeds! We have a Shetland/ Gypsy Vanner cross, and he is great being ponied on trails but still a bit of a handful for my daughter on her own out of the arena. But, they are both only five years old- so I think he will be great with more experience.
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post #12 of 14 Old 06-05-2010, 01:51 AM
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I am not a fan of ponies. I know a lot of people love them, but every pony we've ever had come into the rescue or into our family have been horrid.

My nieces ride my big quarter horse mare. She keeps them safe. I would trust her with their lives. I would not put them on a pony.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #13 of 14 Old 06-06-2010, 01:21 AM
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Also maybe a small paint would work. I think they are usually pretty calm and reliable. And something older might be more bomb-proof.
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post #14 of 14 Old 06-06-2010, 01:30 AM
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personally I would trust a horse with a small child... I don't think I would ever trust a pony, but that's just me.
Like everyone else said, don't go for breed, go for temperement. I met a TB that was perfect for kids, never flinched but would do a nice slow walk and wouldn't go faster no matter what, then an adult could get on and do good dressage, or rip around a jump course as fast as lightning.
So it really just depends on the horse and it's training :)
Good luck finding a good horse/ pony!
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