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    06-05-2012, 07:04 PM
Sounds like you guys have a great situation lined up! Hope you find her the horse of her dreams. Nothing is like a first horse for a little girl!
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    06-05-2012, 07:51 PM
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The safest thing you can do is to talk to the person who is going to give her lessons. Let her have a few rides and then take the trainers advice and let them find a suitable horse - and before purchasing that horse get it vetted.
    06-05-2012, 08:14 PM
I agree with everything posted above. Just wanted to add: Before you actually decide to buy the horse, be sure to get it on trial for a month or so to make sure it's a perfect match :)
Good luck!
My first horse was a Shetland Pony. Shetlands are the greatest little kids ponies, and Star was the perfect match for me when I was little (and I still have her!)
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    06-06-2012, 07:50 AM
That's what we have now, Shetland pony's
    06-06-2012, 08:22 AM
Originally Posted by jessiebutcher09    
Thank you to everyone who replied, she will be taking lessons, fortunatly for us their is a ranch down the road from us that does lessons:) We are def. Going to be purchasing one though because the lady that gives lessons suggets that the child ride w their own horse that way they can become used to each other. Also we have 4 other children behind our oldest, so the horse will be well loved and taken care of for many years. We urrently only have ponies but at 11 our oldest is now too big for most of them. That is why we need a bigger horse. :)
at this point look for a well seasoned horse, one that has been around the block, as they say....they are usually very tolerant of rider mistakes & can "babysit" a new rider. There are many breeds known for their "calmer" personality....of course, there is always individual personality. Stay way clear of anything "green broke" your daughter is too young & even with lessons it could be disastrous! What an exciting time for her..& BTW get a nice camera =))
    06-06-2012, 09:10 AM
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Take lessons before you buy, or lease a lesson horse. Currently she will be needing a calm, bomb-proof, level headed, well schooled, packer. As she grows and learns more about her discipline she is going to "out grow" this horse quickly. Depending on how fast she advances she will want/need a horse that is faster, jumps higher or is more educated. Leasing will allow her to change horses as she grows.

Another thing riding many horses gives you a better "education". Even horses in the same discipline operate differently. They have smoother or rougher hairs, different quirks, and different needs. Learning on various horses will help her build a tool box and make her a much stronger rider in the long run!!

I would also be wary of ANY place telling me I needed to buy a horse to take lessons. IMO no place should EVER ask a person to buy a horse before they are really ready. Do you or your daughter know about proper tack fitting? How to tack? Properly groom? Horses body language? How to handle one from the ground? There's a hundred things I can think of. I know she is going to be taking lessons but who will be supervising/teaching her the other days of the week? Horses are large and potentially dangerous animals, not dogs. To me this sounds like an easy way for this place to make some QUICK MONEY plus get your lesson money multiple times a week. It seems veryyyyy fishy to me!
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    06-06-2012, 09:21 AM
Green Broke
Just curious-in your first post you said your daughter had never ridden before. She didn't ride the ponies? Or she just hasn't ridden a full sized horse? Is she going to be trail riding or does she want to get into showing/competing of some sort?
    06-06-2012, 09:39 AM
She has ridden the ponies..she just has never ridden a full sized horse before. She has only and will only be trail ridding
    06-06-2012, 10:19 AM
Originally Posted by jessiebutcher09    
she has ridden the ponies..she just has never ridden a full sized horse before. She has only and will only be trail ridding
in that case my suggestion would be a QH/paint in the 12-15 y/o range. They are typically level headed and easy going. This age has already been through the toddler, teen juvenile stages yet still is young enough for many years of enjoyment. Horse behaviour/language crosses the size barriers so she is not totally a newbie. ..and actually, sometimes ponies can have more difficult personalities than horses. Another point to look for is dominance in the herd the horse comes from. I would not put a newer rider of any age on an alpha who will regularly test his/her rider. Hope this helps a little!
    06-06-2012, 10:22 AM
Well, looks like we're talking to an empty room, folks. The OP has been banned.

I had a feeling they were either a child playing at being an adult, or an alter of a previously banned poster. Figured I'd be nice and play along, just in case I was wrong.

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