As with any hobby, the more you know the more subtly you can discern and experience. With horses this is especially true because not only do horses have individual personalities like other mammals, but only there are great variations of breeds and the most common personality traits associated with them. If your children or child are or is interesting in riding, getting the right horse can be absolutely crucial to making sure they have a good time. Here is a quick look at a couple of the breeds worth considering if you want to buy your little one a horse:
Shetland ponies.These sturdy animals come from the Shetland Islands, in Scotland, as their name quite obviously suggests. Well-known for being very diminutive, that doesn’t mean that they are weak animals or not fit to have riders on their backs. The difficult weather conditions of the Shetlands meant that these animals have developed a strong stamina and endurance that is nearly impossible for many other horses to match. Originally they pulled coal carts and helped farmers with farm tasks but now they are ideal, small animals for children.
Pony of the America. The Pony of the the Americas is one of the best for children. This pony has actually been selectively bred since the breed came into existence with the intention of specifically having children ride them, making it by far one of the best choices for parents who are helping their children get into riding. The horses’ heritage is a mixture of Shetland Ponies as mentioned above as a good first horse, as well as Welsh Ponies, Arabians and Appaloosas. Naturally very calm and gentle breed and they are also extremely even tempered. With so many positive quality fit for a child they are a hard option to beat.
Connemara. For the parent who might also ride the Connemara is a perfect choice. Not only for children, this Irish breed is very intelligent breed of horse and are usually quite even-tempered making it ideal for beginner riders of all ages. Known for their versatility these animals and suited to essentially any type of equestrian sport, but they are perhaps best suited for jumping. Usually somewhere around 14 hands and coming in all colours with the curious exception of brown they are beautiful creatures as well as great companions.
At the end of the day, horse ownership is more than just finding the right breed or the right colour. There’s a lot that comes down to individual taste and the connection between horse and rider. Any breed and any individual could be right for a child depending on their specific relationship with the animal and that is what it really comes down to. If the horse fits, wear it, as they almost say. But if you’re uncertain the above three breeds are a good place to start.