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    09-30-2011, 12:11 AM
Ps...I REALLY appreciate everyone's help and can't wait to try out the bailing twine trick. My excursion is broken...AGAIN, so we can't get to the ranch until Saturday after soccer. Thank you everyone.
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    09-30-2011, 12:33 AM
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    09-30-2011, 12:50 AM
When my girls were younger, we also used a Pelham (type of snaffle) which has 3 different ways to attach the reins, depending on the leverage you want the rider to have and a curb chain. As my girls got older and better at "catching" the pony before the head went down and keeping him going, we were able to reduce the leverage. You can also teach her how to brace her reins across the withers so the pony is pulling on herself instead of your daughter. Grass reins are great though! Kind of funny to watch the pony the first couple times they try to graze and can't....... Goodluck!
    09-30-2011, 12:52 AM
Just looked at the picture, cute kiddo and pony. One thing-get her some boots w/ heels! I worry about those little feet slipping through the stirrups if she fell off and having her dangling there...... Kuddos to you for putting a helmet on her head tho!
    09-30-2011, 01:18 AM
She does have boots, she was wearing her water shoes because she just got out of the lake and hopped on for a quick ride. Her feet are actually just an inch shy of even reaching the stirrups. They help if she starts to slip to one side or the other. She usually prefers to ride bareback with a pad. I was thinking of strapping a thin block to the bottom of her boots to give her a boost. Im sure by Christmas she will have grown enough. The helmet was a great find at a yardsale for $5 and may have saved her life when the pony slammed her into the tree last week. I'm a little nervous about letting her ride again.
    09-30-2011, 01:44 AM
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Since it's an English saddle, you can punch more holes in the stirrup leathers using a leather punch (providing they are leather) or buy a set of child-sized Wintec Webbers. Inexpensive and will raise the stirrups up to fit very small children (my lil one has been riding since she was 5).

Also, while a yardsale helmet seems like a great deal, you have no idea how old it is or how many times it's come into contact with the ground or other objects. Plastic deteriorates over time and it's structural integrity degrades every time it comes into contact with a hard object (even if it looks fine).

You can buy a new helmet for less than $30 and know that it will be structurally sound should your child ever end up falling.
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