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post #1 of 9 Old 09-09-2009, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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what pony breed....

I am new to the pony breeds! I am considering buying a pony for my 2 boys ages 3 and 5. I have had several people to tell me not to buy a shetland because they are mean. I would like one that is kid safe. Registered would be nice as well. I am trying to get them into showing. They have been riding horses since they were born. They have only been walking my 3 year old filly. Robbie the 5 year old tries to get cutter to trot but she won't for him. I always stay in the round pen with them but am wanting something that they can go ride and I know that the pony is going to take care of them without me fearing that they are going to fall off of Cutter. Cutter is 15.1 hands tall a pretty good distance to the ground when you are only 3 feet tall. Please any suggestions would be great. I am willing to pay as high as $1,500.00 for one that is good with kids and is well trained like to back up but more importantly the whoa is very well established.
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good ponies are welshes. they are very cheeky, but you have to find the right one, because they can be a bit naughty. My first pony was an arabian welsh cross, and he was absolutely wonderful. :)
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I'm a big fan of POA's. The ones I've met (only 2) both seemed to need a strong leader to look to but once they had that they were fine and were perfect with kids. They were specifically bred for kids so I would assume that being good with kids is probably a universal breed trait, but there are probably exceptions of course.
And they're cute and spotted! =D Another plus is that they are generally big enough that if need be you could give it a "tune up" unlike the smaller pony breeds and your kids would be able to ride it even once they were much taller.

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Yes POA or Quarter Ponies are great. My POA that I had was the sweetest nature pony I know. They have a horse attitude.

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You could find a smaller QH as well; then as they get bigger, they won't out grow it quite as quickly.

I had a shetland when I was a kid, and she was FABULOUS for a first time horse. But looking back on it, she didn't last me long, before I outgrew her...that's the biggest shortfall of ponies. If you can find a really well trained but smaller horse, that may be the better route, because you'll be able to keep it longer, and not have to 'upgrade' in a few years. I hated selling my pony after only having her for a couple years!

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Morgan crosses have great temperments, as well as Quarter Ponies, Welshes, Connemaras, and POA's.

My preference? Welshes and Connemaras. They are great little ponies and usually come with awesome attitudes. I've ridden great morgan cross ponies as well

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where is a good place to find a POA or a welsh pony at?
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I agree, no Shetlands, they have attitude. And generally aren't the best kids ponies.
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