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post #1 of 20 Old 06-14-2014, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Opinions on this pony?

Going tomorrow to take a look at this pony for our family. I have a 7 yr old who is a beginner rider so we need a pony that will be safe for him. I like that she is big enough for me to work with (I weigh 115) but I'm wondering if she would be ok for my son. Owner says she does fine in the saddle but is hard to get moving forward after 15-20 minutes of work. Maybe a crop could help? I'm willing to work with her myself on minor issues before my son rides off the leadline. Should I have him ride her tomorrow or should I be the only one testing her out? Any glaring issues?

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post #2 of 20 Old 06-14-2014, 12:12 AM
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I think it would take quite a while before that pony would be suitable for a child to ride without being led or ponied. Especially a child who has never ridden before.
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post #3 of 20 Old 06-14-2014, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Is it her age or the part that says she needs more saddle time? Do you think if I worked with her while my son lessoned for 6mths to a year at a lesson barn on another horse that she could be a good fit? I'm willing to hold off on letting him ride her for a while and working with her myself until they are both ready. Just wondering if I'm just fooling myself or being realistic with that timeframe.
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post #4 of 20 Old 06-14-2014, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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I'm not trying to come off as naive, it's just that bombproof kids ponies go for $4k and up where we are, and I just don't have that for upfront cost. I'm trying to find a good potential pony for him down the road a little bit, if that means working with her myself for a while while he trains with a more experienced horse, then I am more than willing to do that.
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post #5 of 20 Old 06-14-2014, 12:30 AM
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Depends on her personality and how quickly your son progresses.

If you ride her and she picks things up quickly, she could be okay in 9-12 months. But, you'd have to ride her consistently and really get a good handle on her. Expose her to anything and everything you can. Make sure you know how big her spook is and what can trigger her. Does she spook at birds flying out of bushes? Of planes or helicopters flying low? Does she spook at her own shadow?
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Gotcha. Thank you! I will be trying her out tomorrow so we will see where she is at with me and go from there. IF we brought her home, I would be working with her daily. We have woods, creek, etc on our property so I could definitely expose her to a lot. In the meantime, the kids could at least do pony rides and maybe lunge line work in a few months to start working with her. I appreciate the input :)
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post #7 of 20 Old 06-14-2014, 01:17 AM
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She's way too young for a child's mount. She's been a pony ride pony so that tells me she really isn't even broke. She can walk around in a circle on a carousel and that's about it. I would pass. This pony I would of called on yesterday. Chocolate Palomino Pony for Sale

There's also a nice fat haflinger gelding I would look at too. 2 of them.http://cnj.craigslist.org/grd/4463233867.html or http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/grd/4501309815.html
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post #8 of 20 Old 06-14-2014, 09:33 AM
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As a mother who put her son on ponies from the age of 2 onwards I am in agreement with LHP. Son went off lead rein at 4 on a pony like that palomino. A seen-that, done-that, bomb-proof, fox-hunting proof, puddle-proof, helicopter-proof, gymkhana trained, jump-trained 16 year old pony. THAT's the sort that gives a child confidence.

You son wants to hear you say "just kick on, he'll be fine", he doesn't want to hear "be careful when you do that" or "hold on, I'm coming" or "I THINK he'll do it, let's try"

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post #9 of 20 Old 06-14-2014, 10:33 AM
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I agree with shropshirerosie. Weve been looking for a been there done that seasoned horse for a few months. Right now we have a horse on a 3 week trial. Shes 16 yrs, she ropes, does gymkhana events and goat ties. Nothing has phased her and I can throw my 6 and 8 yr old on her and they can cruise the arena and just enjoy. We also have a 23 yr old we bought as a 22 just for the kids. Great confidence builder. We have 3 other horses that are coming along great no buck and gentle but they are still learning so when the kids ride its like we have to constantly critique. This makes in no fun to ride for anyone. However that is a super cute pony and in a few years would probably make a nice little pony.
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post #10 of 20 Old 06-14-2014, 11:51 AM
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I think I'd go for it. The mare has already seen a bunch of things that would scare most horses- mainly little kids & non horse people- while giving those pony rides. She has a kind eye. She's big enough for you to train her & your son won't out grow her any time soon.
She would likely lead line ride on trails with little training so when she gets to that point your son would be as safe on her as any horse.
If for some reason she didn't work out for your son she may turn into one of those top dollar kid ponies for a more experienced child.
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