How to pick a kids pony? - The Horse Forum
  • 1 Post By ilovemyPhillip
  • 1 Post By Skipsfirstspike
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 08-27-2011, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: northeast Pennsylvania
Posts: 2,203
• Horses: 6
How to pick a kids pony?

I'm not 100% sure if this is the right place for this, it seems to fit here best but if not please move it.

My son just turned 4 and is finally becoming interested in pony rides and such .For the longest time he was terrified of them. Now I'm not going to go run out and buy him a pony because of this but maybe if he stays interested maybe I will get him one next year(or the year after) for his birthday lol. I've never really horse shopped tho. My first 2 horses we got when I was 12 so my mom did the picking out, and my 2 that I got last year I bought sight unseen from a "rescue" that works with a dealer who ships to slaughter. So I have no experience in horse shopping pretty much. I'm thinking when I get him the pony it should be in the 13hh range, small but big enough that I can ride it if needed. Do you think that is too big? That way I can also be the one to test the pony when we start looking. During a test ride what kind of things do you look for? What age range would you suggest for a kids first pony, I was thinking probably a teenager, I don't want to get one too young or too old. I know I'm getting ahead of myself but I'm so excited he is finally showing an interest! I do want to get him lessons when he is older but while I love where I take lessons I don't think the horses are suitable for kids lessons. The only he took a pony ride on only does pony rides he won't allow anyone to actually ride him. All the other horses are at the smallest 14.2 and from what I have seen they don't really listen to the small riders. I'm thinking I may get him the pony and have him use his pony for lessons. Well I think I have asked everything I can think of right now. His father isn't thrilled with the idea, but he'll get over it lol

here is a video of his second pony ride, don't mind the talking and him being fresh telling me to a sit down and stop taking the video lol
Log In | Facebook
Rachel1786 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 9 Old 08-27-2011, 06:17 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 2,807
• Horses: 0
Maybe to help decide when you should get him one, or start seriously riding, age 6. My trainer will not take any kids under that age. We had a 4yo come, the mom didn't tell us she was 4. It was a huge inconvenience for us to constantly monitor a 4yo, watch the other 7 kids we had there, and the horses. Just a thought, if you want to start with lessons.

Get a pony that's not tiny, but not "huge" I guess to say. When test riding, ride like a kid. Uneven reins, flop around, be kind of aggravating. That's what I would do.
Although, I have a pony that will buck "big kids" like me off, but is the gentlest thing for children.

Maybe lease a small pony? In case your son becomes uninterested, or it doesn't work out with that particular pony.
iridehorses likes this.
ilovemyPhillip is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 09-01-2011, 11:00 AM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 58
• Horses: 0
Just one quick point, find something with more whoa than go. Too many timid riders and children end up with the more go than whoa horse and it almost always ends badly. When a person gets scared they tense up and pinch on for dear life which sends these types running off with their terrified riders. Even being run away with at a trot can be scary for beginners. Nobody likes to feel out of control.
equinesalways is offline  
post #4 of 9 Old 09-01-2011, 11:20 AM
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Ontario
Posts: 993
• Horses: 2
Don't skimp on price, a reiliable child's mount is worth its weight in gold. Don't worry about looks either. Skip the flashy paint to get the dingy brownish grey with the better temperment.
Also, think short term. You want a pony that is safe to ride Now, not 'needs a bit of fine tuning'.
I would look for one that is just big enough for you to sit on, but not too big that your child cannot ride properly.
First and foremost, you want one that will respect and listen to your child, not just an adult. One that will not drag your kid around when he tries to lead it, or plough through cues while riding.
I would prob not even look at a pony under age 15 for my four year old. A healthy 25 would be just fine. Even if you only had it for 2 or 3 years (and ponies can live a lot longer than horses remember), those few years on a safe, trusted mount would be invaluable when compared to 10 years with a mean sour pony who bolts on his young rider.
Wheatermay likes this.
Skipsfirstspike is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 09-01-2011, 11:53 AM
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 1,019
• Horses: 3
One of my friends was given a pinto pony mare from one of those pony circle rides you see at fairs and birthday parties. I have never met another pony that is as extremely tolerant and a complete babysitter as she is. I doubt my friend will ever sell her even after her grandkids get too big to ride her. The kids ride her with a snaffle. She's never bucked, bolted, reared, etc. The kids can walk out to the field and catch her themselves. They've gone camping many many times, her 7 year old grandson took her in parades and has shown her in barrel racing and other speed events. She's probably around 14 years old, but they have already owned her for at least 5 years. The biggest thing is that she respects the kids, and the kids don't abuse it. She doesn't have that sour attitude around kids, and always has her ears up.

If there's any other stables in your area that give pony rides/parties, ask if they're willing to sell or if they have any older ones they're willing to give away. Don't be shy to ask either, at the stable I work at every trail horse/pony is for sale as long as we know they're going to a good home!

whitetrashwarmblood is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 09-01-2011, 12:17 PM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 31
• Horses: 7
Since you're going to wait a year or two I would suggest starting a "pony fund" and start putting away here and there if you can. The good kids horses that are worth their weight in gold don't come cheap. I paid $2500 for a suitable child mount.

Be careful of ponies, they can be good mounts for kids but they can have an attitude and be pushy. Don't rule out the 14.2 horses!

When buying a horse, go look at them at least once. Go see them, ride, then go home and think about it rationally without the excitement. Then go ride it again and maybe take your trainer with you.

Post prospects to HF for opinions ;)

"Whoever said a horse was dumb, was dumb" ~Will Rogers
Fizzy is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 09-01-2011, 12:33 PM
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 11,869
• Horses: 0
Rachel, finding the perfect kids pony is like finding a needle in a haystack. I searched for 2 years and tested out what seems like hundreds. Now my daughter has moved on to the horses and the little turd has a new home, yay!

I'll second the more whoa than go. I ended up with one who'd been through 3 kids 4-H careers, trail rode to heck & back, and had very high mileage. Look for something older & wiser, not too small that it couldn't have had any adult training, ground manners are a big one with ponies. They tend to be little snots and push their way to whatever they want to eat or get to at that moment.

Good luck on your search!

Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important, Capture the good times, Develop from the negatives and if things don't work out, Take another shot.
MHFoundation Quarters is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 09-01-2011, 05:42 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 164
• Horses: 0
I don't think there's much that the above posters haven't already covered, but all I can say is beware. If the pony is sweaty or tired, it may be that he is very high strung and the owner has lunged him or ridden him previously before you came to look at him so that he would be calm. Also, bring a trainer and a vet with you. Have them give you their opinions on the pony's conformation, temperment, and decency. Also, have someone else ride or lunge the pony so that you can see how he moves.
Try leading the pony by hand and see how he behaves, and handle him from the ground. He should behave 100% perfect with you, because if he does not respect you, he will not respect your son.

I agree that you shouldn't get a pony for your son until he is at least 6. At such a young age, he does not currently have enough control of his body or muscle to properly control his mount. If you get a pony now, it will be more of your pony than his. You'll do the work, and he'll sit on it's back every now and then.

But do not completely dismiss the idea of lessons. I know for a fact that some barns - mine in particular, but I'm sure their are others - have great children's mounts that are only 11 hh smallest. They do tend to get a little stubborn and lazy at times (ponies tend to do that) but your son will probably have someone to lead him around by hand most of the time until he gains full control, and they usually have decent ground manners. Take private lessons. If you have to find another barn for his lessons, do it. It'll be worth it. It'll give your son some experiance, while giving him a chance to see if he's really interested to learn to ride.

-----In riding horses, we borrow freedom-----
~Love Life~
emeraldstar642 is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 09-06-2011, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: northeast Pennsylvania
Posts: 2,203
• Horses: 6
Thank you guys! I got a little excited about him riding finally so I got ahead of myself. I'm going to keep bringing him for pony rides at my barn, she doesn't even charge me for it so I might as well. She will start lessons at 5 but I'm still undecided about him taking lessons there. I'm not ruling out older ponies, my first gelding was 20-25 when I got him, 13 years later I still have him. I just worry about the pony getting too old for him to ride, not every horse/pony is as lucky as Blue. We got a mare at the same time as Blue who was the same age and she had to be put down when I was 18. I guess I should start trying to save some money, although we are also trying to send him to private school next year so we are saving for that too lol. I will also look at older lesson ponies and pony ride ponies! I didn't even think of that! Thanks guys
Rachel1786 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Why wont my loan pony let me pick up his feet? xhorseygirlx Horse Grooming 5 04-12-2011 03:48 PM
11" kids pony saddle-Unique. Tapaderos. $200 ships-US only getsaddled Tack and Equipment Classifieds 0 01-16-2011 03:01 PM
Whats a good breed of beginner pony that can hold older kids Peartree Horse Breeds 17 09-07-2009 08:17 AM
stubborn shetland pony!!!help me before he hurts the kids!!! chika1235 Horse Training 10 06-23-2009 08:02 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome