Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Welcome to the forum!
As you have already read, a 3 year old horse is really not a proper mount for a child or a beginner. They can be pretty unpredictable since their mind set is still like a child's.
While I realize that money is tight everywhere and a $200 horse seems attractive, you are better off looking for a much older horse, above the age of 10 (as my rule of thumb) for a youngster. That age horse has usually been there and done that, which is what you want. There will be plenty of time to find a horse that your granddaughter can grow up with.
How old and how tall is your granddaughter? How much experience does she - and you - have? Horses are a major undertaking and pretty costly in the long run. The purchase price is just the tip of the iceberg in expense even if you are keeping him at home.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
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