Originally Posted by Josh
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 :)