A child’s relationship with his or her first horse can make or break the rest of their equine careers. Finding a safe, enjoyable mount that’ll serve the needs of a young, inexperienced rider is a tall task, though. Just how broke does a kid’s horse need to be, what type of training should he have, and what degree of soundness issues can you manage?
Good first horses come in all sizes. But which do you believe is most often the best choice for a child: a horse or a pony? Tell us by participating in Horse&Rider’s Gallop Poll.