Horse/pony should be temperment tested before buying. If your not experienced, have someone that is test the horse/pony. Do everything you can think of or have seen happen. i.e. bump there back when swinging into the saddle: Do they stand or jump around. Act like your going under their belly. Do they move, kick or stand like a rock. What happens if when you put the saddle on the stirrup "accidently" winds up underneath the saddle. Think like a kid. The best horse I have bought was a 6yr. old Halflinger/Quarter mare. Slightly green. I'm an experienced rider. On my good days, she'll test me. On my bad she's a good girl. Put my very beginner son on her and she doesn't go faster than a walk. Goes where he says. But stops before walking into a tree, and waits for him to tell her which way to go. Best horse I've owned. Take your time finding a horse/pony. Follow your gut.