Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
Mmmm, I hate to be the downer here...
But for my first kid's pony/horse I would get one that is as NEAR PERFECT as possible.
We got our daughter her first pony when she was 5. Picture perfect, dead broke, 12hh, around 15 years old, was told she had been ridden by autistic children and even showed photos. Got her home and started noticing that her right eye was starting to get cloudy, along with other SERIOUS issues. We had been duped. She WAS dead broke but she had been injured by a larger horse and I believe that they knew it and just wanted rid of her.
So there I was with a half blind pony and 5 year old kid, both I had to train/re-train. Rosie was just too unpredictable for me to trust WITH MY 5 YEAR OLD. She never actually spooked but she would spin suddenly or throw out a few kicks if something loud happened on her blind side. This horse WAS A DOLL, but I just couldn't keep her and trust her not to accidentally hurt my kid. She didn't have a bad bone in her body. My daughter was awesome with her, a 5 year old couldn't have been better/wiser with a needy horse. Unfortunately there is wind, spooky grass, whatever, and we wanted her to be able to follow us on the trails on our property, couldn't happen. Even for leadline rides there were a couple moments when she'd jump and I just couldn't protect them from all the unpredictable things that happen on a farm.
(all in all I think we had a total of 4 very minor incidents in over a year, but that was way to much for me)
We found Rosie a great retirement home, she's living it up with another retired pony that looks identical to her. My daughter now has a new horse that's a bit much for her alone out but in the pen/yard and on a line he's AMAZING!
Sure she could be fine, and I know things happen regardless... But REALLY think about whether or not you want to take the ADDITIONAL risk.
You can get a lot further with a ladder than you can with crutches!! What do you mean what do I mean?
Last edited by FlyGap; 06-09-2012 at 08:30 PM.