It's time! Time to start the search for a large pony/small horse for DD. DD is 6 yrs old, been on horses since she's been a few months old but really riding since she was 3. She's done leadline and a walk only dressage test. She wants to do trail riding and "the stuff you do, Mom" ie competitive trail. I'm looking for large pony/small horse easy keeper as stable owner will give me a break if it doesn't eat a lot. I've got leads on 2 Haflingers and a Haflinger/Appy cross that are all 16-17 yrs old and kid safe. These are all grapvine horses at this point, although one is posted on CL and it sounds like kids outgrew the large pony. I'm 5'2" and I want it to be large enough so that I can ride it and work with it if I need to., so 13+ hands. When I start looking, trainer/stable owner will be going with me. DD doesn't know yet. So, at what point SHOULD I start letting her try out horses/ponies? DD on friend's horse doing dressage leadline. Yes, they had to do a pattern. I tripped over H and almost fell out of the ring.