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    05-04-2012, 12:15 PM
  #31
Green Broke
I'd probably go for a pony, but not a tiny one. Maybe around 13ish hands? At that height they'd still be pretty manageable, not now for her, but soon. If it's not too fine an adult should be able to occasionally ride it if required. It would hopefully give her maybe 5 - 6 years at least before she outgrows it.

I see heaps of children around 8 years old, but sometimes younger, and they bring their parents quiet stock horses to pony club, often 15 - 16 hands high. Lovely horses and all but the kids constantly need help saddling, bridling, rugging etc.

I think when she's a bit older your daughter might want to have a horse that is small enough so that she can care for it, and saddle and bridle it herself, yet big enough so she doesn't outgrow it in a few years.

I'm 22 now and my horse isn't big, maybe 14.2ish. I love the slightly smaller height, so much easier to do stuff with I find.
     
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    05-04-2012, 12:17 PM
  #32
Trained
"In the process they will fall off, have tantrums, learn to swear, but they will learn to stick in and stick on."
Love that Golden!!

Here is my daughter on her first pony:

This mare was around 12hh. I could warm her up and work with her myself, as you can see my kid had plenty of room to grow with her and I really wish she would have delt with loosing her eye better! She was just perfect.
I'd go for this size for your daughter. My kid took her first fall off her, just a tiny slide, and she learned so much from her first "rodeo" as she calls it. My kid could groom her, lead her pretty safely, almost mount, help tack, and the shorter reins were great learning soft contact. She kind of struggles with that now on her horse and has a harder time "being boss". Especially getting her geldings head up when he tries to graze, with Rosie she didn't have a problem.
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    05-04-2012, 12:20 PM
  #33
Green Broke
Introducing My New Trail Horse/Kid Horse (Pics)

It's a horse!
     
    05-04-2012, 12:40 PM
  #34
Yearling
It is a horse! I spent so much time thinking about it, and fate decided for me. I was given my newest boy (name undecided). 6 years old, dead broke, experienced kid's horse. A 5 and 8 year old were riding him prior to me getting him.

However, everyone had GREAT advice and stories. I LOVE all the pictures of the ponies! They are sooo cute!

And that is so funny about the competitive drives. I never thought of it that way, but you're very right. My first gelding was a handful. I used to come home with blisters on my hands from holding him back. He loved to run. But he taught me to be a brave rider with confidence to correct and train correctly. (of course, I wasn't 4, haha)

My first horse: Rebel, Unknown Breed, 15 years old
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    05-04-2012, 11:53 PM
  #35
Weanling
Congratulations!!!
     

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