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post #11 of 14 Old 10-16-2010, 07:47 AM
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To begin with, I wouldn't do it alone for a few reasons. The first of which is experience, the second is that many new buyers think with their hearts instead of their heads.

I would take a knowledgeable person with me who can look at the pony objectively and look for signs that you may miss. I would make more then one trip and the first one would be without your daughter - you don't want the distraction or the "I'm in love with him" thing. Keep in mind that your daughter's life or at least her well being will be on this pony, so look carefully and don't be taken in by "I have someone else coming this afternoon ...". If you have to make a fast decision, walk away. It's better to take your time then be rushed into making a mistake.

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post #12 of 14 Old 10-16-2010, 07:55 AM
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Lil. If you can only choose between an Icelandic and a Shetland - and you are worrying about your daughter growing longer legs, then from what I know I'd choose the Icelandic because they grew to be taller than the Shetlands we see in the UK - but we don't see many Icelandics over here in Britain.

I know the climate must be a significant factor in bringing up a horse in Norway, but why are you stuck with those two breeds. If you look for a hardy pony which can cope with the cold and which can carry the weight of most adults then why not consider a Welsh D, or an Exmoor or a Dales - many examples of which grow to 14h2.
Welsh Cs, - are also tough little devils and they are currently selling as youngstock at the markets at give away prices.
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post #13 of 14 Old 10-16-2010, 08:00 AM
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I see your second post - "how do you learn how to buy the right horse?".
Well that is not a $50 question - that's a $5000 dollar question.

As a novice buyer - as has already been said - you should always take someone along who knows about horses and your ability to ride. But whatever you do - the odds are 50:50 - you won't know if you bought the right horse for 6 months.
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post #14 of 14 Old 10-16-2010, 08:26 AM
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Good advice already posted, and I'll add that although it's tough to find that 'perfect' horse, as a first/beginner/young child's horse/pony, stay away from anything that needs 'just a little fixing' (i.e. a project). With help from an experienced person, you'll probably want to be patient and find something as close to a lesson horse/pony as possible. Through experience, training, and disposition they tend to be very tolerant, flexible, and forgiving.

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