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Choosing the Right Horse for a Young Rider

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Wanting to pass on your love for horses to your child? Or do you have a little one who fell in love with riding on their own and wants to have a horse of their own? There are a handful of things to consider when choosing a horse for a young rider:

Breed

Just like with dogs, there are some breeds of horses that are better with children than others. Here are some breeds known to be great for kids:

  • Shetland Pony
  • Welsh Pony
  • Pony of the Americas
  • Miniature Horse
  • American Quarter Horse
  • Appaloosa
  • Paint Horse
  • Morgan

Age

While of course there are always exceptions to this rule, it’s generally believed that an older horse is best for new riders and kids. Typically, “older” means 10-15 years old.

Temperament

You want a lower-energy, calm, steady horse who trusts people and doesn’t spook easily. You also want one that is already well trained and won’t try to push boundaries with a young rider.



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