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    01-06-2009, 06:50 PM
Green Broke
I'm not sure either way, but another thing is with the gelding you don't have to worry about him being in heat and being moody.
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    01-06-2009, 07:13 PM
I think you should go with the small horse. :) He looks in a bit better condition then the mare (although I can't really critique that photo), & I think your kids could ride him a lot longer as well, I mean he is 14hh! I'd go with the gelding.
    01-06-2009, 07:22 PM
Green Broke
I pull towards the mare - what a cutie! But then again, I am a 5'9 adult who rides a haflinger "pony" who is only 13.3 hands but very stocky. Just because they are short doesn't mean the kids are going to grow out of them very quickly. Short horses/ponies are especially fun on trails - easier to get under trees and such on the trails when you go off the main paths. I mean look at the icelandics and the big tall men who ride them.

If they both have the traits you want, go visit them in person and see which one you hit it off with. They may be able to do the similar things, but the personalities will be different and one might just meet what your looking for a bit better.
    01-06-2009, 10:21 PM
Originally Posted by lovemyponies    
if the small horse is 14 hands its a large pony.
For show purposes yes... Genetically, only if it's a pony breed. That is an important difference in this case because pony breeds are stronger.

I wish show people would stop calling small horses ponies. Breeds like Arabians and Morgans are sometimes shorter than 14.2H but they have nothing whatsoever in common with real ponies.
    01-07-2009, 07:19 AM
I gotcha ponyboy. I agree. Its very different, just a technicality really. As far as outgrowing either one, with a 3 and 6 year old it will be a while and she already has 2 other "full" size horses they can graduate to later on. I am sure she will let us know how it goes.
    01-07-2009, 09:26 PM
If it's not too late, here's my 2 cents:

Personally, I'm not a pony person. I find their temperament to be difficult to work with. Stubborn/bull-headed. GENERALLY speaking. I see my friend's daughter ride her 12hh (?) pony and fight with it all the time, but she gets on my 14.3hh mare and has no issues at all.

If your kids end up loving the horse/pony they would feel bad if they outgrow it and have to give it up.

If you feel that either animal is a good choice as far as temperament, training, health, etc. etc... since you are shopping for the kids, let the kids tell you. Not in so many words, but let the kids visit, lead, groom, ride both and see what reactions the kids have with each.
    01-07-2009, 09:42 PM
Green Broke
LOL - you know what they say about pony, mules and donkeys - people claim they are stubborn because they are so smart. Be smarter than the pony and you will be ok.
    01-07-2009, 09:59 PM
I know I am totally jumping in here at the end, and having read through all the posts... I think I would lean more towards the gelding as well. Ponies can be quite stubborn and difficult to work with. Just because he's dominant in the pasture, doesn't mean he will be dominant in the ring or with ground manners. My mare bosses all the other horses around, but she's a complete softie otherwise. I would bring your boys out to see the horses and possibly test-ride them. See which one they like best. And seriously... going with your gut, is often the best thing to do. Good luck!
    01-08-2009, 12:19 PM
Well we decided to go with the pony. I took my 3 year old to check her out. I figured if she can handle him and viceversa then she would make a great fit (since my 6 year old has more experience than the 3). She was awesome with him. Only thing is she is a little hard to catch but I will work on that with her. We brought her home last night!

Now for a name but I will create a second post for that!
    01-08-2009, 12:30 PM
Green Broke
Yippie! Congrats on the pony - I'm so happy. Ponies are so wonderful.

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