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post #1 of 35 Old 01-17-2016, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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What do you think of this starter pony?

I'm thinking of a pony for our daughter, who's 5. She knows how to ride a tiny bit...turning, stop, walk, trot (lunge line only for trot), just started posting.

This is not a fancy pony, but it's cute and sounds safe:

"Hannah is a 12 year old paint mare pony that stands just under 40" tall. She has been tried, tested and true. She is a true "babysitter" for children of all ages. She foaled a beautiful paint last summer. She follows along with no problem the "big" horses on trail rides. I also have videos of children riding her and hundreds of pics. She is definitely this Nanny's dream pony. They just don't get any safer or fun than this."

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post #2 of 35 Old 01-17-2016, 05:35 PM
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Thats a cute pony!
Not meaning to scare, I got caught out with my daughters first, down to inexperience on my part!
Pony was caught, saddled and ready for a ride when I got there. Lead out like a dream. So I was sold.
Got him home, wouldnt be caught or saddled without lots of work, but still lead like a dream. Wouldnt be groomed, or have his feet picked up.
So if I could give any advise, see them caught, groomed, feet, saddled etc etc, as you would do on a regular basis.
Turn up early to view if need be. I wish I had.
We still have him, and working on his "issues", and coming well. A picture only tells one story, go view though, as if as true as the advert, will be sooo worth it.
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post #3 of 35 Old 01-17-2016, 07:41 PM
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shes soo cute! it never hurts to go and look at it and see what you think! as long as she is safe and no major health problems, id say go for it!
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post #4 of 35 Old 01-17-2016, 08:05 PM
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Jan, who cares about "fancy". Safe, sound and healthy is what it is about. Some of the "fanciest" horses I have known have been the biggest knotheads. Some of the homeliest have been the best, steadiest and most trustworthy rides I have had. It is the heart of the horse. She looks very cute.

Daisy has great advice. She may not really be 12, could be much older, a vet will know.
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post #5 of 35 Old 01-17-2016, 08:16 PM
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Wish I'd had a pony like that when I was 5!!
Hope she works out. I know this was a useless reply... but she's darling.
Carry on....
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Thanks all for replying! Now I need to convince 1. my husband that we need a THIRD equine and 2. my BO that there's room for a pony. :)

Also...this pony is very small...I couldn't ride her. I was originally thinking I'd get a slightly bigger pony that I could also ride...not because I'd ride it regularly, but just for re-training types of things. I don't weigh a lot so I think I could ride a pony, but not one THAT small. Can you do the same type of training from the ground?
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post #7 of 35 Old 01-17-2016, 09:29 PM
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I would say 5 years old is pretty young to commit to buying a pony. I might be inclined to wait to make sure your daughter is old enough to make a decision about how much she wants to commit to this sport. Consider leasing, or I guess you didn't say if you board or own property. Can get expensive if your daughter doesn't stay interested or turns out to be scared after a first fall.
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I would say 5 years old is pretty young to commit to buying a pony. I might be inclined to wait to make sure your daughter is old enough to make a decision about how much she wants to commit to this sport. Consider leasing, or I guess you didn't say if you board or own property. Can get expensive if your daughter doesn't stay interested or turns out to be scared after a first fall.
She has had her first fall and was scared by it. She won't ride without me leading the horse now. But, she's only 5 and there's still hope. :) She is not horse crazy like I was as a girl. However, she does enjoy riding, and I think this summer it would be fun if we could all ride together, even if it's just around the pasture. Right now, on our gelding, I don't trust her far from me. He's not 100% bombproof and the ground is too far down.

I was thinking for that price, it wouldn't be hard to resell in a year or two if necessary. Maybe I'm wrong and ponies are harder to sell.
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I'd buy the pony for me. :) Teach the pony to drive and then you can keep using the pony for fun after your daughter gets too big.
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I'd buy the pony for me. :) Teach the pony to drive and then you can keep using the pony for fun after your daughter gets too big.
I'm not gonna lie...it is sort of for me. I've always wanted a small pony! They are just so darned cute. Still, seems sort of extravagant if no one is going to ride her.
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