If your children are avid riders and you’re considering getting them a pony, here’s a short-list of breeds most suitable for kids to ride:
1. Connemara. Not only for children, this breed that originated in Ireland is very intelligent and even tempered making it ideal for riders of all ages. They are known for being very versatile animals and suited to essentially any type of equestrian sport, but they are perhaps best suited for jumping. At 13 to 15 hands and almost all colours (except brown) they are beautiful creatures.
2. Shetland ponies. As the name suggests these creatures come from the Shetland Islands, in Scotland. They are well-known for being very small but that doesn’t mean that they are weak animals. The harsh conditions of the Shetlands meant that these have developed a natural stamina and endurance that almost without equal. They originally pulled coal carts and did farm work but now they are ideal, small animals for children.
3. Pony of the America. The Pony of the the Americas is one of the best for children. In fact, this pony has been selectively bred since its inception with the specific intention of having children ride them, so there’s not many options that could be any better. Their heritage is a mixture of Shetland Ponies (mentioned above), Welsh Ponies (mentioned below), Arabians and Appaloosas. They are naturally a very calm and gentle breed and are extremely even tempered. Quite possibly the best option.
4. Welsh Pony. The Welsh Pony would be an ideal choice for a child who aspiring to hunter(jumper competition. The breed is up to 13 hands and can be ridden by smaller adults too, but there are also much smaller ones that are perfect for kids. They very sporty and have strong endurance that are great for any riders. Being good at jumping and having a strong endurance also makes them the perfect pony to take out on the trail for long rides through the forest.
5. Dartmoor Pony. From the moors of Dartmoor in the West Country in England, these beautiful creatures are a particularly hearty breed owing to the extreme weather that the moors experience over the course of the year. They have been used as working animals by tin miners and farmers in the area for centuries and traditional they are kept as semi-feral animals (meaning that although they are fed and looked after by people they tend to wander round on their own for days on end.)