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post #11 of 20 Old 06-14-2014, 12:00 PM
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Id put your son in for lessons and a lease and use that time to find something better trained. Or even look into that palomino pony. Sure she COULD turn out good for your son but having a pony that already has given lessons and trained correctly is a better bet then something thats just been a lead line pony.

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post #12 of 20 Old 06-14-2014, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons View Post
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.GENTLE 13 yr old 13.2 HAFLINGER GELDING-TRAILS/SMALL ADULT-CHILD MOUNT or Haflinger Pony-Beautiful and Sweet!
There can be good things about a young one not being trained yet, mainly she hasn't been getting away with any bad stuff or learned to drag kids around. She will be getting trained by an adult which can be a world of difference in a kid's pony.
The Palo already takes advantage of inexperienced kids & the Haflinger can only walk so he is limited in what he can do. What 7 year old boy only wants to walk forever?
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Thanks for all your input. The guy couldn't even catch her in their 4 acre field to show her to us, so we cancelled the whole thing. I was in touch with another person on craigslist this morning who had a pony that he said wouldn't be a great match. However, he said his dad has 4 ponies around 15/16 years old that are bombproof in the saddle with kids. We are going to check them out tomorrow. Here's hoping! I feel like when I wasn't in the market I always saw reasonably priced ponies for sale. Now it's harder than ever. I guess the fact that riding season is here doesn't help :/
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post #14 of 20 Old 06-14-2014, 01:33 PM
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When my son was around 10, I bought a young Shetland/mix and trained her myself. She was THEEEE most perfect pony for my son as long as I was within her eye sight

I thought my son was making up stories about her bad behavior, until he went riding with older neighbor kids. They not only corroborated his stories but they brought my son back sitting behind one of them, because the pony had thrown him off - lollol It was a funny story then and still is, because nobody got hurt and I had a quick solution.

I put the pony in the pasture, got my 17 yr old Arab/Saddlebred (that I had raised from the moment his hooves hit the ground), changed the cinch on the pony saddle, and sent my son back out the driveway on that big ole (15.1H is big to a ten year old) Arab/Saddlebred ---- with all the neighbor kids.

An hour later, everyone was back at the barn wearing smiles while my son announced Sonny was now his horse and he was never riding that pony again

The pony got sold and my Arab/Saddlebred was my son's horse until I had to lay that horse to rest with cancer when he was 29.

Meaning, ponies have a whole different nasty mind set than horses for some reason. Buy what I call a smaller horse and others call a really big pony, 13.3H or a tad bigger. As long as you have the experience, a bigger horse (pony) will last your son until he hits six feet tall, regardless of how old he is and there won't be any heartbreak over having to sell the little pony for a bigger one
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post #15 of 20 Old 06-14-2014, 01:58 PM
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My arab was 14.2 on the mark and was a fantastic kids horse. He'd happily pack a kid around all day but disliked adults. Ponies survived in very harsh environments for centuries and are smart, smarter than horses. They can figure out people and situations in half a heartbeat and use it to their advantage.

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post #16 of 20 Old 06-14-2014, 04:27 PM
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Truthfully, I'm glad that it didn't work out with the chestnut mare. Yes, a child's mount should be mellow and not prone to spook, but they should also be well trained. Would anyone really want their kid riding a horse that only turned/stopped when it felt like it, even if it was only walking? A "runaway" at a walk can be utterly terrifying to a new rider and can sour a child on horses forever.

A pony ride horse is about like a trail string horse. They are amazing at being led in a circle or following the tail of the horse in front of them, but you try to take them off by themselves and ride them in an unfamiliar environment, then you find out quickly that they are basically unbroken. They won't stop, they won't turn, they won't go. Not because they are bad natured, but because they've never been taught cues for each of those things.

The chestnut mare, I'm sure, would make a great kid pony...after a lot of training to teach her to be easy to control and obedient to very very light rein and leg cues.

Good horses that are sound and suitable for a rank beginner rider aren't rare, but they aren't common either....and they certainly aren't cheap. IMHO, your best bet right now would be to invest in some lessons for both you and your son. That way you can learn how to handle anything that might come up...and he learns how to ride better before you start looking at horses.

Then, by the time you're ready to buy, you have an instructor that knows what your son is capable of handling and they can help you look for something that will be suitable. That is the safest route to take.
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post #17 of 20 Old 06-14-2014, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by skylavaulter View Post
The guy couldn't even catch her in their 4 acre field to show her to us
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and that's how to NOT sell a pony!

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post #18 of 20 Old 06-14-2014, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie View Post
and that's how to NOT sell a pony!

It also tells you about her suitability as a mount.
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post #19 of 20 Old 06-18-2014, 10:43 PM
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ponies are tough you don't want one thats going to be throwing your kid, whoever will be riding this pony needs to ride her and make sure its going to be right. the ad says needs some finishing that puts up a red flag to me. also all the pictures are of the pony being hand led which might be a problem later. i would't buy her but then again 500$ is cheap
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post #20 of 20 Old 06-19-2014, 10:02 AM
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I was going to say $500 for a 6 year old pony ride horse and I'd want to know why she was for sale. I think you have the answer. We bought an 8 year old QH mare for our son as his first for $500. She was a BTDT that belonged to a pair of young girls that got interested in boys and their daddy didn't want an extra mouth to feed. You can find good deals. They're out there. The key to finding her was knowing a friend of the family that had heard him complain about the feed bill. We had just purchased a horse from her and needed someone to haul and she saw the opportunity for him to not just make money with the haul but a way for his problem to become our solution. He brought down the horse we bought and we handed him the money for her on delivery. Hoping one of the ones you found through the other seller works.
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