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.
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. Posted via Mobile Device
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 :) Posted via Mobile Device
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.