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    05-02-2012, 11:45 PM
  #1
Yearling
Question Child's First Horse: Horse vs Pony

So I have been considering buying my daughter a good starter "horse", but have been trying to decide on choosing a full sized horse or a pony. I've heard arguments for both from people I know, but wanted a wider variety of opinions/experiences on the matter.

So. For a child's first ride, do you think a child-broke horse or pony is better and why? Thanks for any opinions!
     
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    05-02-2012, 11:49 PM
  #2
Foal
Personally, I would choose a well broke horse over a pony. I don't want to offend any pony owners out there- both are great animals and both have their advantages and disadvantages. However, ponies seem to typically have more mischievous and unpredictable personalities. Once again- this is just my experience, animals in general can be unpredictable.

Also, the nice thing about a horse is that depending on your daughter and the horse in question, she will be less likely to outgrow it.

My parents bought my very first horse for me when I was twelve- she was 21 years old, pure Quarter Horse, and a 15.3 hand retired cutting horse. She took very good care of me, and taught me more than any riding lesson ever did.

If it were my child, I would feel safer with her on a horse with lots of experience and a calm demeanor.
     
    05-02-2012, 11:52 PM
  #3
Trained
This is my vote, just personal opinion



Kids belong on ponies, they are at a convenient level when you are walking alongside them, and they often feel safer closer to the ground, and it isn't so far to fall.

They are able to do more things on their own when they are working with a pony, grooming, tacking up, etc.

Ponies are fun, they teach you so many things, and it is just right
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    05-02-2012, 11:58 PM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
This is my vote, just personal opinion



Kids belong on ponies, they are at a convenient level when you are walking alongside them, and they often feel safer closer to the ground, and it isn't so far to fall.

They are able to do more things on their own when they are working with a pony, grooming, tacking up, etc.

Ponies are fun, they teach you so many things, and it is just right
That is absolutely adorable. Awwwwww
     
    05-03-2012, 12:01 AM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by HannahC    
Personally, I would choose a well broke horse over a pony. I don't want to offend any pony owners out there- both are great animals and both have their advantages and disadvantages. However, ponies seem to typically have more mischievous and unpredictable personalities. Once again- this is just my experience, animals in general can be unpredictable.

Also, the nice thing about a horse is that depending on your daughter and the horse in question, she will be less likely to outgrow it.

My parents bought my very first horse for me when I was twelve- she was 21 years old, pure Quarter Horse, and a 15.3 hand retired cutting horse. She took very good care of me, and taught me more than any riding lesson ever did.

If it were my child, I would feel safer with her on a horse with lots of experience and a calm demeanor.
My first horse was an "Arabian-cross" who was HUGE. To this day I am not sure exactly how tall he was, as I didn't really care to measure back then. But he dwarfed most anyone, and I still don't believe he was an Arab-cross like the owner told my dad.

He was actually pretty high spirited and did buck me and my cousin off once, but he was my very first playday horse and taught me everything I know now. So I am personally partial to horses, but have never owned a pony, so I definitely wanted more opinions.
     
    05-03-2012, 12:13 AM
  #6
Trained
I had a huge post but it crashed

Basically, a pony has higher re-sale value (at least around here). Kids are going to outgrow ponies, but they also outgrow horses by advancing beyond what the horse is capable of. Ponies that can babysit and have done the job a few times only go up in value.
     
    05-03-2012, 12:13 AM
  #7
Weanling
Pony owner here, I just finished soaking pellets for my old toothless guy my parents bought for me when I was 7. I think there is something very special about kids and ponies. When I was learning I felt like his size was fitting for me, helped me build confidence. It became easier to establish leadership with him because I felt like I could handle him, rather than a horse that I was hardly tall enough to saddle.

That being said, my parents are NOT horse people and they nearly killed me by letting me ride him. My pony was not well broke and one of those true bolters that would run straight into a wall if something spooked him enough. Ponies are incredibly smart, they can be very stubborn and will constantly test leadership, which isnt ideal for a beginner. Finding a well broke gentle pony is ideal in my opinion.

Of course there is always the issue of outgrowing a pony. Personally I rode my pony until I was 20 years old and he retired, but I know a lot of people who will want to "upgrade" to horse within only a few years.

Although a pony or small horse would be my preference, you shouldnt overlook any gentle kid's horse if they are taller. They are hard to come by and are fantastic companions.
     
    05-03-2012, 12:15 AM
  #8
Foal
What would your daughter be doing with her first "horse"? That might help in the decision a little.
     
    05-03-2012, 06:43 AM
  #9
Yearling
I learned a lot riding my shetland pony, mostly that no matter how hard I kicked, he wasnt going faster than a trot

I gained my confidence on my pony, I learned form and actual riding on an old campaigner... I was in 5th grade when my mom brought him home - he was 18 and a show ring veteran. He was still there when I left for the Navy, and died at age 37. Mom got teased for spending 800.00 for a meat auction nag, but he was priceless.
     
    05-03-2012, 09:17 AM
  #10
Yearling
I think my decision would be based on the age and size of the child. For VERY first rides...being led around or just beginningn to learn how to control an animal, I vote for a pony. A well-schooled, gentle pony. Once a child is 6-7...and can deal with a pony, then it's time for a horse of the well-broke variety. And then you go from there. But I've never had to deal with this situation so what do I know??? LOL
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