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  • Pony attitude compard to horses
  • Pony vs horse attitude

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    05-03-2012, 12:47 PM
  #21
Yearling
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oh my gosh what a cutie she is!!! She has the look of a fearless young lady who will conquer the world no doubt :)
I would be scared to give her a pony or a horse :p she will be a daredevil look at those eyes telling you "just try me" attitude lol
Good luck with your search for a good match I bet you will find a great partner for her to learn on :)
Thank you! She is a pretty brave girl! She has NO fear on the ground, but does need a little encouragement when she's in the saddle. And I agree! I know that when my parents gave me a horse, I was GONE. Haha I rode that gelding all over from sun-up to sun-down.
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    05-03-2012, 04:30 PM
  #22
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Being in the UK it is virtually unheard of for a child to be riding a horse.
We have such a large diversity of ponies that a horse is never considered for a small child.

I love ponies they are great but, they are not silly and will often take advantage of a child unless someone is around to keep them in their place!

It still makes my heart skip a beat when I see tiny children on horses. My thought is always that they have a heck of a long way to fall of they do come off.
     
    05-03-2012, 05:04 PM
  #23
Trained
It does seem strange to me to Foxhunter, kids and ponies is how I grew up, seeing little kids on big horses is just an anathema to me.
     
    05-03-2012, 05:14 PM
  #24
Showing
Foxhunter, I wish we had ponies here like the native breeds in the UK. I would love to have a Fell for my daughter but that's wishful thinking :(
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    05-03-2012, 05:14 PM
  #25
Yearling
I think it depends on th animal. I, personally, prefer horses but that's likely because I've never had a pony. It seems that around here, a horse that can pack a child around the show ring and do well has a much higher resale value than a pony. When I was doing hunters with Jesse (I was 11 at the time) we had offers at $20, 000 while the girl I rode with was trying to sell her pony for $5, 000 and ha no luck.

I think it also depends on the child riding. If they have a pony that fits perfectly, it will likely be too small in a very short amount of time.
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    05-03-2012, 09:03 PM
  #26
Weanling
Im going to say pony, shetland would be best. If your daughter dosnt have a sturdy seat yet, itll be a lot less distance to fall!:)
     
    05-03-2012, 09:08 PM
  #27
Foal
Pony is better for safe issue.If I was backward Childhood,I will choose pony.
     
    05-04-2012, 02:58 AM
  #28
Foal
I think a pony makes more sense for a kid due to their lesser heights and they feel like a better company for little kids.
     
    05-04-2012, 03:32 AM
  #29
Foal
I've been thinking about this lately too, for my son. We are a little ways off from buying either one, we just got our first family horse. But he LOVES to ride! I'm happy for now that the horse we have is short (14.3hh) and pretty much dead broke. My son will be 4 in August. I'm concerned that its going to be a long time before he can do anything with her himself though. You kinda gotta have longer arms for reins and longer legs to squeeze. I've read about children showing ponies in 4H and stuff and I think that would be a really neat experience. Keep us updated on what you decide, I am interested to hear also :)
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    05-04-2012, 12:07 PM
  #30
Trained
Another thought.
I understand that parents want their kids to be safe, but I have to wonder if there is a difference in what people are trying to achieve.

If you buy your child a dead broke, very safe older horse, they may well be safe, they learn to point it in the right direction and balance, and enjoy being on the horse.

You buy your kid a pony, they will have to learn to RIDE because you actually have to learn to ride to make a proper kids pony do anything. In the process they will fall off, have tantrums, learn to swear, but they will learn to stick in and stick on.

I wonder if that is why the UK was so competitive at so many equine sports for so long, we all grew up riding evil ponies, and you either quit and take up knitting, or you stick in there and become a competent rider.






Just my thought YMMV
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