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post #1 of 14 Old 10-15-2010, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Pony or horse

My daughter is 6 years old and we have been taking riding lessons once a week the past 2 months. The class is a mix of adults and children. We all ride icelandic horses. We plan to buy 2 horses by spring time or sooner. I am just wondering if I should be buying a pony for my dd untill she is much older even though we are learning on much bigger horses.
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-15-2010, 05:08 PM
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Maybe a quarterpony? Anything that is good and broke and will last awhile.
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post #3 of 14 Old 10-15-2010, 05:10 PM
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I would get her a small horse. Or lease a pony. Get something you want because if she loses interest your stuck with the horse.
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post #4 of 14 Old 10-15-2010, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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Im not sure what that is, I should have noted we only have the option of an icelandic horse or a shetlands pony.
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post #5 of 14 Old 10-15-2010, 05:47 PM
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Wow that's tough. I would go for the absolute smallest Icelandic you can find unless you can find an American style Shetland -- they are finer than the "original" shetlands and have less pony-attitude.
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post #6 of 14 Old 10-15-2010, 07:34 PM
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Why wouldn't you go with an Icelandic if that's what she's used to riding?
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post #7 of 14 Old 10-16-2010, 03:19 AM Thread Starter
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Why wouldn't you go with an Icelandic if that's what she's used to riding?
I was just thinking size wise. She is learning how to care for the horse not just riding. Shes learned about grooming and knows which tools to use and where to use them etc... but she will always have to have help, for exampel lifting the horse foot to pick the hoofs.
Im not much worrried about being stuck with a horse if she looses interest because I have other children. There will always be someone to ride and care for hers.
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post #8 of 14 Old 10-16-2010, 04:19 AM
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I think you should get a shetland with a calm personality.. i had one for my first pony and we bonded so well, they are great little ponys that any little girl would love. Your daughter would be able to groom the shetland and clean its feet easily but its the ponys that have the most attitude lol they are the type of pony that sometimes hates you to start with but would do anything in the world for and not let anything happen to you after the bond is made between them would be great if you could get a quarter horse or paint because they are so laid back but in your case go with the shetland all the way
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post #9 of 14 Old 10-16-2010, 06:38 AM
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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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post #10 of 14 Old 10-16-2010, 06:46 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much for all the advice. It does seem to make more sense to get a pony. In my town there are a few girls that have ponies up for sale because they are ready for a bigger horse. I will look into it.

How do you know if its going to be a good pony for your child befor you buy it? Besides asking questions, how many times should we take it out for a ride befor we buy it? What different situations should we try it in? Or is it a you buy you learn sort of thing?
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