Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Possible buy for a little kid; what to look for?
My cousin is looking for her four year old daughter a horse again. The last pony her and her husband bought for their daughter turned out to be the total opposite of what we were told. We were told that Pony was kid broke, ridable, and gentle. While the pony likes people, she definitely wasn’t kid broke (or broke at all) and ridable, nor was she respectful of people. Since she is now up for sale, my cousins are hunting for another pony for their daughter.
Makenzie is four. She likes horses and loves for me to give her pony rides on my mare and gelding. I have pony rides on her birthday and the last two Halloween parties her parents held, I gave pony rides to the little kids. If she sees me riding by, she comes outside and wants me to come give her a ride or let her pet the horses.
Anyway, her mother is looking for another horse for her. One that is gentle and ridable. She’s found Mini that sounds suitable, and she’s going to go look at the Mini later today. Upon her request, I’m going with her even though I’m sick. My cousin asked me to go because she’s going to have her hands full with Makenzie and her other daughter, Madeline (who is just a few months old). Her other reasoning was that I know a lot more about horses than she does and I know what to look for a bit better than she does. That’s true, my cousin doesn’t know much about horses at all besides ‘‘don’t walk behind them’’.
So, here’s the stat’s that I was given on the Mini over the phone.
Height: 32 or 33 inches
Breed: Miniature Horse
Color: Red and White
Training: The woman who owns the mare has a friend who has a six year old boy who rides the mare. The mare is usually led around with the boy on or put on a lungeline with the boy riding, though a few times he’s ridden her alone. She’s good to ride, though the lady never clarified if she’s been ridden with a saddle... she only mentioned bareback. The mare leads well, but the woman didn’t say if she picked up her hooves or not.
Asking Price: 300$$
My cousin wants me to go with her to really look at the mare and see if she’s actually worth it and all. Judge her conformation, look at her hooves, ask the normal questions and a few more, lead her, maybe lunge her, and just overall check her out. I can normally tell if something is majorly out of whack with a horse, but I’m not the greatest at conformation... so I’m taking my camera and will be getting pictures of the mares confo and hooves to post on here.
I’m also going to make sure that the mare is ok with a lot of stuff that little kids do... touch her all over and make sure she’s fine, pull on her tail a little and see how she reacts, pat her, tug her mane, play with her mouth and look at her teeth, sharp movements, loud noises, stuff like that...
Is there anything I’m missing?
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