How and Where to Find a Bomb Proof Child Safe Horse
Buy a safe horse or pony, here's how.
A little about my background in the equine world, and why I'm qualified to offer advice: I am a former horse show judge, horse trader and small operation horse breeder. I have over 30 years experience in this field.
At one time I was ranked in the top 10 in the US for my uncanny ability to spot the top two or three horses as they entered the show ring...my innante ability to pick out the best of breed horses, even under heavy winter coats - it's like a sixth sense that I have about a horse's confirmation. I was paid to judge at horse shows when I was as young as 14 years old. I know what I'm talking about when it comes to choosing and buying a horse.
That said, the purpose of this hub is to tell you where to find kid safe horses and ponies.
Find a children's camp in your area that offers horseback riding. Most of those horses are leased from horse traders and are for sale. These horses are typically very well broke, and they have 30 kids a day climbing all over them, so they quickly adapt to a lot of activity.
If you find a horse that you want to buy, ask the camp who owns the horse. Chances are that it's a farm or trading barn close by. Call them, tell tehm you want to buy that horse. If they have another horse to trade out with the one you want you can probably have the horse delivered to your door within a few days.
Another option is to tell the dealer that you want to buy that horse when they come off lease. That is, when the camp season is over for the summer. Put down a small deposit to show that you're serious (get a receipt that details the agreed upon price of the horse, too) and wait. An entire summer's worth of riding and grooming makes these horses incredibly gentle.
The two best horses I've ever owned came from kid's camps. They were dead broke, loved attention, and would stand quietly for anything. Just lovely girls, those mares. One became my favorite trail horse and the other was taken to a few shows and 25 mile endurance rides - she did great.
Good luck on your quest for the right horse. The horse of your dreams is out there and within your budget.
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