I have a 7 year old neice who I will probably have over for at least a week this summer. I plan on teaching her to ride or the basics. She's been on a horse a lot but hasn't really been in control before. First I'm wondering which of the following horses would be the best to put her on: · Horse 1: A stubborn pony mare who would rather eat than work. She's been on this pony before and isn't afraid of her. I'm just not sure if this pony would make her loose her interest because she has to fight it to do anything. It is pretty much bomb proof. She been under saddle for a few years but never had correct training. As of the moment we don't have a bit to got her. She has a lot of training problems and because of her size let to get away with a lot her larger sized counterparts wouldn't be able to do. She can move fast and will, but this kid doesn't have enough strength and isn't big enough to kick her to get her to that speed, without spurs or a whip. She wouldn't be using either. She's been to 2 shows in her life. · Horse 2: Another pony mare who is a little shy. She does what is asked, and is very calm. She has a little pep in her step, so in the beginning she'd need to be rode by this kid, in a SMALL pen. She has just been started under saddle. She is older and gentle. She's either the oldest or the second oldest of these horses. She doesn't have a mean bone in her body. She has never offered to buck, kick, or rear. She will be better broke by summer, and is willing to learn. She hasn't been to any shows since we got her but I believe the previous owners took her to one show. · Horse 3: She's the only big horse out of the 3. She's well trained and you don't even have to kick her to make her move. You just have to click. She is 18 almost 19 but acts like a 12 year old. She has some get up and go in her, and would also have to be rode in a SMALL pen, since she has a ton of get up and go. She went to a state championship show and placed in the top 15 in keyhole. She's easy to control but likes to move and I wouldn't want the kid to take her out of a walk, or a trot, at the most. She goes to at least 10 shows a year, she went to 12 last year (including 2 overnight shows), and has already went to 2 this year. She's not bomb proof but she is level headed. Which horse would the best to use, or should I use a mix of them? Also I want to know do any of you have any tips, or exercises to use with her? I show during the summer, and take horse 3 to all of them but I could take the others if I had someone to ride them. I'm also wondering if I take her to one of the shows to actually ride in, which horse would be the best to put her on? She'd be competing in speed events such as barrels and poles, either on a lead line or off, depending on the horse. Do any of you know some ideas to teach her? What should I focus on? Should I let her hold the saddle horn (I only ride Western) at first or teach her right from the beginning? She'd be having daily lessons, or multiple lessons a day. I'm not doing this for a profit but to let my niece her to mess with horses.