What is it about ponies that makes them so adorable? Maybe it's their small size or their fuzzy manes and tails. Either way, it's hard to argue that the pony in this video isn't the cutest thing ever.
The two girls and this pony successfully navigate a timed driving course. While the pony might not be the fastest one in the world, he does a good job of listening to his driver and of taking the cart exactly where he's directed. We love that it takes a lot of enthusiasm to get him to canter, and he displays just enough of that pony attitude to make us think he'd be a fun, yet challenging, driving partner.
When kids first start riding, their introduction to horses usually comes on the back of a pony. Ponies are more accessible for small children because of their size, which also helps to avoid fear issues that children may encounter when faced with a full-sized horse.
There are many great reasons for starting a child off in horses when they're young. According to EquiSearch, many riding programs require a child to be at least seven years old in order to start riding. The age limit is mainly an issue of maturity and growth; a child needs the strength to be able to support themselves in the saddle, and they also need to be able to listen to and follow directions. While seven is a good general starting age, you'll likely find children who started riding when they were six or even five years old.
Regardless of when you introduce a child to horses, it's important that that initial introduction is a positive one. You need to find a reputable riding instructor who is skilled in working with children and who can keep your child safe as they're learning to ride. With a positive introduction to horses and ponies, it's likely that your child may continue riding all of their life.