Pony Card - Is it worth it?

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    05-02-2011, 12:03 AM
Pony Card - Is it worth it?

Here's the story.

I bought a project horse who is coming along wonderfully. She a grade QH/Morgan mare, who sticks at 14.1hh. Built like a sport pony and very trainable. (We went from an inverted head and running back to the barn to working w/t/c on the bit in 30 days of training, if that.) I'm working on dressage with her, but will do some trail riding and jumping to round her out. I plan to market her as an all-around steady kids pony.

Will a pony card make her value increase or make her more marketable?
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    05-02-2011, 01:19 AM
Im curious to know, what is a pony card?
    05-02-2011, 01:36 AM
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A pony card is where you have a "pony" officially measured for height and the "pony" (which can actually be a really short horse, anything 14.2hh and under is a "pony", over is a "horse") who is 14.2" or under receives a card stating that it is a pony.

It's much better to be the largest pony, than the smallest horse as the jumps are closer together and lower for ponies (I believe, I've never jumped anything.... intentionally) so the largest pony has a distinct advantage over the rest of the class whereas a tiny horse would be at a distinct disadvantage in the horse class with a bunch of giants!

So as a kiddo pony, a pony card would distinctly add to her marketability/value.

I have a 14.2hh Morgan that I am debating on the pony card. From what I understand, the horse (well "pony" in this case) has to be entered in a show for the official measuring to be done. Since I've never jumped so much as a ground pole intentionally, I can only imagine entering in a jumping show, I'd be in the dirt at the first jump. My trainer thinks I can get the local kiddo jumper trainer to have one of her better kids show him (he's a quite green 5yr old) but we'd have to teach him how to jump first, then let the kiddo practice and so forth which all just seems like a pain considering I'm not ever going to sell him but I have 2 small kiddos who'd like to eventually jump, so maybe I should just deal with the hassle and get one.
    05-02-2011, 01:47 AM
Delfina, I'm no expert (hence the topic, ) but you can also get a dressage pony card in which jumping would not be included. Also, to my knowledge, you can enter the pony in the competition and then just end up scratching the class. Of course, it makes more sense to show if you're going to spend the money, but it does make a way out for you.
    05-02-2011, 01:59 AM
Oh ok thanks :)
    05-02-2011, 02:02 AM
Green Broke
What's the point of a dressage pony card?

Obviously, I'm no expert either but a dressage test is a dressage test, so wouldn't it be irrelevant if you have an 18hh giant or a midgetly small pony?

I'm only planning on doing dressage with my Morgan, hence the hesitation towards spending a fortune on getting the pony card. The debate I am having is that I know my Morgan will most likely not go past 3rd level, might be only 2nd level with him and at that point, I will be looking for a new horse. I absolutely will NOT be selling this guy, he's one heck of an amazing horse and I have 2 small girls who ride, so considering that as an extremely green horse who will already pack them around while supervised, my plan is to pass him down to them as they should be about done with my trainer's pony by then.

So if I'm going to gift him to them, it would be handy for his pony card to be done as he adores trot poles and is going to love jumping, so perfect horse for them to show.
    05-02-2011, 07:59 PM
wouldn't it be irrelevant if you have an 18hh giant or a midgetly small pony?
yeah true :/
    05-02-2011, 09:26 PM
A pony card definitely makes a "pony" more marketable especially if the buyer wants to do hunter/jumpers. There are whole separate divisions for carded ponies.
    05-02-2011, 09:41 PM
Yes, it can definitely help. A lot of buyers will ask for a pony card especially on a pony that's close to the cutoff height - it guarantees they aren't buying a pony that becomes a horse without weekly farrier work.
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    05-02-2011, 09:47 PM
To those asking "why?" : it is to standardize the showing process so you don't have to stick every pony on the property, and you also avoid massive fights - think horse show mom who sticked Barbie last week at 14.1 7/8 and the show steward sticks Barbie at 14.3.
Ponies have smaller strides than horses, and at are a distinct disadvantage competing against full-sized horses, so they have their own division where strides are pony-sized.
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