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        01-06-2009, 11:00 AM
      #11
    Started
    The thing is this...all things considered, you could ride the small horse. Your kids could ride the small horse longer.

    What is it that you're looking for in an equine?
         
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        01-06-2009, 11:18 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    Cute cute cute!!

    Joshie I am looking for something that my boys can learn on. Tack up, brush, pick hooves, lead. My horses are gentle on the ground however they are huge and I have to do everything for them. I want them to gain confidence around horses but leaning on something that they can handle.

    When they get older and outgrow then we could look at getting them something else if they wish. (of course then our horses we have may be suitable for them)
         
        01-06-2009, 11:27 AM
      #13
    Started
    The reason I ask is that is exactly what we wanted in a horse. Our daughter is ten, almost 11. She got a horse last summer. He's a horse. My daughter is very, very small. She's about the size of a seven year old.

    Our trainer picked out our horse. He asked her if she wanted a small horse or if she wanted a horse she could keep forever. She asked for a forever horse. The thing is...you tend to fall in love with your first horse. Our Joshua is about 3 1/2 now. He'll probably mature to about 15.3 hands. He's muscled up since we've had him. He's nice and kind. My daughter can pick up his hooves. Joshie is a very willing horse and he adores her. That really increases her confidence.

    I guess I'm trying to say that size may not be what will best give your children confidence. IMO personality is much more important.
         
        01-06-2009, 11:34 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    Ahh she my oldest who is six has been asking for a little horse ( he really doesnt understand the whole small horse pony thing) Thing is I have a younger son who is 3 and we will probably have another ina couple of years so the pony could very well be passed down.

    I really don't think a hand or two is going to make a huge difference and it will come down to what our gut tells us and the boys fit to the pony/horse
         
        01-06-2009, 12:37 PM
      #15
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    I would get the small horse/big pony... Just my personal preference... well, that and I've had one too many bad run-in's with ponies... all that I've ever met had dominance issues and have been pretty mean/bitey/kickers.

    Anywho, it's your choice in the end... both are cute. Lol.
         
        01-06-2009, 12:41 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    I totally agree its about gut feeling and personality. 4 inches isn't going to make a huge difference. I do use several horses for lessons for little ones but it is a longer way to fall just in case something happens. I just feel like kids are supposed to be with ponies and its a shame to miss out on that. However a forever horse is also something to think about. I was sad to see my ponies go but they both went great places where I was able to keep tabs on them. I just think if your kids want to do any type of competition a pony is more suitable as well. Especially so young. At ten a kid probably knows for sure they want to stick with it for a while. At 3 and 6 you really don't know how long they will be interested. Anyway good luck and let us know how it goes. What is the smaller pony's name? Our little look alike is Honeybun.:)
         
        01-06-2009, 01:04 PM
      #17
    Showing
    Well here is my go at this tho it looks like you might have made your decision. Without mentioning the gelding is absolutely gorgeous(and not only because he is black) I think it might be a better idea as you can get on and correct or continue/further his training where as the pony it is more difficult being an adult rider. Having the gelding would also mean you can keep him around longer as it will take your kids longer to outgrow him AND kids being kids, you just never know how long their interest would hold up which if it were to go downhill you at least have a horse YOU can keep and ride for yourself.
         
        01-06-2009, 01:21 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    The smaller pony is Luci ( I just found out her name) and we already have a Lucy so if we do get her not only will she get a new home but a new name as well.

    I really love the gelding ( I am partial to geldings). He is said to be dominant in the pasture and our gelding is dominant so I worry about that. Of course our mare was towards the top in her herd before we bought her but now Hank kind of runs her around.

    We will probably look at them both tomorrow.
         
        01-06-2009, 01:51 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    Have fun fill us in on how it goes, they both look like great ones
         
        01-06-2009, 04:08 PM
      #20
    Showing
    Make sure you keep us posted. That gelding is really adorable.
         

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