Originally Posted by Aprilswissmiss View Post
I understand your question is about suitability of a certain breed/build for your planned work, but I wanted to interject. Do your sister and her husband want a horse? Would this be your horse that they will ride occasionally or are you gifting a horse to them?
Inexperienced people (not yourself, but the others) mixed with horses on their own rarely turns out well. If they are interested in horses, make sure they take lessons for a good long while, both to know that they are actually committed, know what it takes, and they have appropriate horse handling and care skills before taking this huge responsibility. We would all hate to see new members of the horse community be overwhelmed by their first experience because they're walking in blind, or to see a perfectly good horse end up in a bad situation (or founder) because they don't know how to care for it.
If this is intended to be your horse and they just visit to ride every now and then, you should be preparing yourself for the expenses and time horse ownership takes, especially when you are 16 with non-concrete future plans.
My sister wants to look for options earlier rather than later, so shes doing her own bit of learning for how to keep and look after horses, but she wanted a bit of a more learned opinion on which breed of pony would be the most suitable.
And as for my plans to move in, i have a secure, relatively high-paying position waiting, about half an hour's commute from my sister's husband's farm, and since they have far too many rooms to know what to do with anyways, they offered to let me stay, so i'm not exactly planning on changing my plans.
I also am not sure i want a horse, because of the even higher upkeep required, i really am looking for a pony, which really shouldn't be an issue, given my height and weight, and seeing my niece and nephew's continued interest in horses, i don't see any issues in giving them extra joyrides after they start learning at the local riding school, having assisted in teaching in the past.
Essentially, im getting a pony for partial working livery at my sister's farmhouse.