Selecting the right youth horse for your child is one of the most important purchase decisions you will make in your horse endeavors. A good youth horse is a special equine friend, instilling confidence and good life skills to its young owner. However, the wrong youth-horse combination can result in frustration and high expenses at the very least, and in serious injury at the very worst.
There may be many great horses to consider in your search, but in all likelihood, only a few of those horses will be appropriate for your child. This presentation "Selecting the Right Youth Horse" will help you, whether you are a parent, 4-H leader, Pony Club leader, or a professional horse person, prioritize factors that are critical to selecting the right horse for a young equestrian.
Since 1995, Dr. Christine Skelly has served as the Equine Extension Specialist at Michigan State University, developing and teaching horse management workshops targeted to horse owners and producers and working with industry leaders to promote the Michigan Horse Industry. Her primary areas of interests in equine science include nutrition, facility management and farm safety, and manure management. Dr. Skelly earned her Ph.D. in Equine Nutrition and Physiology at Texas A&M University.