Hi I think you should take it. Ds had his pony when he has 2 and they have a really strong bond now 3 years later. He used to ride nearly every day in the summer even if it was only a walk around the school. They can go to pony club and 3 which he loved and still does.
Weeelll, what sort of pony is it? providing you have somewhere to put it, and its not a poncey show pony type, theres no reason why it couldnt come now, be used until the weather gets crap, and then get turned out for the winter. My DD started riding at 4, but wasnt much use for anything once the weather turned until she was 10 or 11. (theres not much to her, and she turns blue really quickly!) Even nowadays, one of her ponies will be wound down for the winter and live out. The trick is to start them off out as soon as they start to throw their summer coats. Then they get acclimatised in good time. Theres no reason why DD cant ride it when its wooly either.
Thanks for all the comments - I decided not to get the pony in the end. I think she is a bit young and as disaster has said she would not have got any benefit at the moment. I was just getting carried away.
The pony was a lovely dark bay section A who has done a bit of everything. I would never get a show pony type for a very small child
DD got a bay Section A schoolmistress for her 2nd birthday and loved riding her. She got a Safari Cub Saddle and we were off. She'd won her first show class by the time she was 3 and was also doing little gymkhana games. Famously she did the ride and run when her running was slowed down by her nappy!
OK, am going to put my hand up and admit it is me buying this fabulous pony for my nearly-3yo pony-mad daughter. Box is a true friend for telling me about him as sadly she's not in a position to get him herself. I luffs her I do
Guess that makes me the meanie Abbicob, not Box, for pinching the pony from both of you
Anyhoo - ponio flew through the vetting, money has been paid and Box & I collect him tomorrow morning. Meanwhile DD is sooo excited she can't sleep....every silver lining has a cloud and all that
I was in the same situation and my ds2 is only 9 months old, but i knew he was the most perfect first pony i had seen in many years.So i decided to get him and ds2 sits on him most days, he also is a great companion for our other two. I think i got him so early as our first son is not really interested in horses.good luck with teaching your daughter xx.
My 'right horse' found me at the wrong time and I went for it, even though it took a lot of juggling around but I'm so glad I did. IMO if you find a fantastic horse that suits you/dd if at all possible grab that opportunity with both hands.