Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
The problem with a pony that is the right size for a 6 year old is that no one else can ride it. That also means that no one else can correct it's faults. If you can find an aged pony (in the 10 year old, and even older, range) that a child has outgrown you would stand a better chance of having one that should work for a good number of years. Ponies that are child safe are worth their weight in gold in the US and often sell for more than horses.
Icelandic horses are pretty wide, and judging by the picture you posted, and the broadness of the horse she is on, that is a lot of distance that your daughter has to maintain. It can cause a lot of discomfort after a time in the saddle.
Personally, I brought my kids up on ponies. I found that they were more size appropriate and my kids were safer around them. If they got stepped on, it wasn't as critical as if it were a larger animal. The trick is finding one that does not have the typical pony attitude.
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