ROde for lots of years before I got "MY" first horse. Got a 2 year old with about 30 rides on him for my 8th birthday. My favorite movie was "The Man From Snowy River" and I always wanted a buckskin named Denny. Went to the farm where we kept our horses and there he was a golden buckskin pony that we named Denny. He dumped me off the first day but over the years we got a long great and probably was one of the best teachers I have had in a horse.
My grandpa found him from a guy who used to run pony chuckwagons and he had grown to tall so they had started riding him. I wouldn't recommend getting that young of a horse for a kid but it worked out good for me. We still have him 20 years later and at the age of 22 he can still go all day. Loved that horse growing up and he was all heart and would do anything you asked. I learned to heel on him, took riding lessons, rode countless miles with my cousin every summer. Thinking back on it we must have put a lot of miles on because they were out full time on alfalfa/grass pasture everyday and they were never fat!
Wish I could ride that much now a days but sadly don't have that much time being an adult.
Have a good one guys!