What should I look for in a child's first pony?
Be Prepared to Compromise
You may have a choice between a very pretty pony that's not well trained,
or is flighty and a pony with a quiet nature that has a slight unsoundness
and isn't so attractive. If you want your child to be safe, build confidence
and have fun right now, you'll pick the latter.
Matching Pony and Child
The size of the pony should match the size of the child.
Plan for a first pony to be in your family about two or three years
before it is outgrown. It may be tempting to buy a horse or pony
that your child will 'grow into'. But if your child has to struggle
to reach up and groom, bridle and saddle or deal with a pony that is
just physically intimidating, they may loose interest.
Two or three years may sound like a very short time and selling a
pony can be hard on the heart. But better tears shed over parting
with a beloved first pony because it has come to mean so many good
things, than tears shed because the child was scared or hurt.
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