Today’s Horse Facts: Are Ponies Good for Kids?

I’ve had my share of pony-itis over the years, and it wasn’t a pleasant experience. Yes, ponies are small, but they’re generally as stubborn as they are tiny. Here are some horse facts, or pony facts, you need to know.

For some reason, especially in the Shetland breed, ponies are headstrong and sometimes downright nasty. They don’t have smooth rides, they can fight taking their bit and saddle, and they can bite YOU!

My suggestion is to find a nice 14 or 14 1/2 hands high grade horse that’s about 15 years old. Of course, the horse is bigger but often it is much gentler than those tiny pony counterparts.

If you have your heart set on buying a pony, spend time with it before the purchase. Try it out with its tack (saddle and bridle the little rascal), clean its hooves, take a ride on a dirt road, and try to brush its tail. If it has a hissy fit while you’re trying to do any of those “normal horsie” things with it, then that pony is not the horse for you. Go find yourself an old gray mare. You’ll be glad you did!

Marsha Hubler, best-selling author of the Keystone Stables Series

(website) www.marshahubler.com

(writers’ blog) www.marshahubler.wordpress.com

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