Horses are such beautiful animals and the relationships that humans have with horses inspire literature and art like this modern bronze horse sculpture https://www.gillparker.com/ to art all the way back throughout human history.
Something that many people cherish is a bond with horses, so this is why for many people, who have children they are keen to help them to develop that special bond from an early age. But when is the right time to get your child their first horse of their own?
One of the first things to consider when deciding whether the time is right is how competent your child is at riding. As well as riding, they should be able to do basic care jobs for the horse and cleaning and mucking out, although you will be there to supervise them, they should understand that it is a big responsibility which they will be expected to take part in.
The right pony for the child should also be based on the size of the child – remember that both children and horses grow so this is something that you should take into consideration! Research breeds and temperaments to make sure that you find a good fit and speak to other parents who have bought horses for their children who may be able to offer you advice.
It is also of course important to consider where the pony or horse will live and how easy it will be for the child to be able to go to it to do daily chores as well as to have an active input into caring for it.