Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Is this her first pony?
Perhaps you could consider leasing one. In my experience there are many pony club ponies that "do the rounds" passing from one beginner to the next. That way you could start off with a quiet horse to get her confidence up and then move onto a larger and maybe more capable horse. You'll find that even when you do not take size into consideration, a first pony often isn't appropriate for long.
A first pony might be quiet and safe, but most of the time they do not excel in any one discipline. The horses and ponies that are successful in a specific discipline are often unsuitable for a first pony.
I think that you'll find, especially at her age, that when she starts riding she'll pick a discipline and want a horse for that, and the first pony won't do. Also, I'd get something over 14 hands. I'm currently helping at PC and there are many very young (7-10) children riding big 15hh+ stock horses. They are very overhorsed but they get by. I think its good to have something a little big to grow into, and also large horses often have smoother strides, and quieter temperaments. At PC its the ponies by far that cause the most trouble, not the big ones.
To me the ideal height would be 14-15hh.