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post #1 of 12 Old 04-05-2012, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Horses and Kids

I have a two year old daughter an four year old son each have a miniature horse that they ride and take care of. My son who is fairly into the whole horse thing is outgrown the mini. Should I move him up to a pony or go straight to a gentle saddlebred? I'm planning to put in a round pen for him to get more comfortable with riding. I like the idea of a welsh or larger pony but it won't be long before it would be outgrown. My daughter who I'm sure will set the barrel racing world on fire one day is very small an likes the minis. I really thought this was going to be a bigger deal to my son but not so! I know I'll have many years of riding with her and I think his interest will increase when he can get out and ride the farm. Also what's a good size for a round pen? Thanks.
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-05-2012, 09:39 PM
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I personally would go for an old gentle, been there done that, horse. I just haven't met very many nice ponies, I have only had experience with mean old shetlands who wanted to rub people off on fences and who took hours to catch. I know not all ponies are like that, but I prefer a horse.
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I would go with an older Quarter Horses

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If you find the right large pony I would go with that poniez may be mean sometimes but they make a darn good rider haha however an older safe horse would be just as good if he is of the more timid type rider :)
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post #5 of 12 Old 04-05-2012, 09:48 PM
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I got an older quarter pony for my kids. My oldest son rides and my daughter is already telling me that Lyric is for her as soon as she's tall enough :P

I prefer a little been there, done that when it comes to mounts for children.

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post #6 of 12 Old 04-05-2012, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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My wifes horse would do fine for a starter horse except he has to be prodded everywhere you ride he goes. He refuses to run an spooks at almost nothing. Is the round pen the way to go for little riders?
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My wifes horse would do fine for a starter horse except he has to be prodded everywhere you ride he goes. He refuses to run an spooks at almost nothing. Is the round pen the way to go for little riders?
To start, yes. Too much arena and it could be over whelming. How are they as riders? Do they know their basis steering and using their legs? Regardless of pony or horse, stay close to them (the mount) as even the most bomb proof have bad days and I wouldn't let the kids I worked with on their own unless they were very capable and simply old enough.

As for the mount, a been there done that horse is wonderful especially one that teaches them or helps them learn how to do things like tacking up and ride without too much trouble. A motivator, instead of a challenge.

You'll figure it out :)

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post #8 of 12 Old 04-05-2012, 10:48 PM
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When I was four I got an older Quarab ex-lesson horse, and she was great. THEN I got a pony when I turned 9, and that pony was a STINKER. Honestly I would get a horse first, then a pony. To me ponies have always been harder to ride than older horses.
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post #9 of 12 Old 04-05-2012, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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We are definitely still learning basics. I just want to keep interest strong an work them in slowly to new challenges.
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post #10 of 12 Old 04-06-2012, 11:48 AM
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For a first larger mount I would go with an older smaller horse instead of a pony, especially since you say they are still learning the basics.
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