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    04-09-2014, 07:10 AM
Question Buying a pony for the kids... or me?

Hi all,

I'm new to the forum but not entirely new to horses. I had ponies of my own all my young life, and finally gave up on horses in my 20's when I moved away for uni. Now I have two little people of my own and am thinking about buying a pony for us all to play with.

Now Im not daft and I know that I know enough about ponies to look after one well. I also have my completely horse dappy mother on hand to consult and advise (she has anywhere from 8 - 12 welshies in her field at any point in time!). My only reservation is whether the kids are actually interested...

My son is older, and has been for a few lessons with my mother. He is naturally well seated and very confident, but seems to have a bit of a take it or leave it attitude to ponies. My girl is younger and very pony orientated, but is too little to really help or ride properly for a while.

So, my question is, I'm obviously in the market for a pony for my own reasons a lot more than I am for my kids. They would really not be bothered either way, although I know if there was a pony here that they would be keen to get involved. Should I buy a pony when its more for me than it is for them, or should I wait and see if they get any more enthusiastic as they grow up??

Interested to hear what you think! X
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    04-09-2014, 07:27 AM
Green Broke
For a kid's pony, I'd always make sure it's big enough for a teenager or small adult to get on and do correction work/training with it.

You don't say how old your children are. That would have an effect.. if they're younger and would need something tiny, then wait. You can always get something suitable for yourself and put them on as lead rein.

If they're older (and taller) then get something they can hop on at times, and if they're interested they'll let you know... but think of you.

The last thing you want is a pony on your hands that you pay for and nobody gets use from it when he can be ridden.

How far away is your mum? Have you thought about asking if you could loan a welshie from her and then if things don't work out, the pony can be returned?
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    04-09-2014, 08:09 AM
Is it possible to borrow a pony from your Mother for a while to see how this would work with your family? This is a good way to see how interested your children would be. Also you don't say if you are a petite adult but if you get a pony with some size ( welsh?) and you are small enough to ride it then you will be able to keep the pony well behaved for your children, or if interested you could get a cart and harness and have some fun with the pony yourself.
Personally I don't think there's anything wrong with getting a pony even if you end up being the only one interested in it.
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    04-09-2014, 08:16 AM
Since you are mostly the one interested at this time, why don't you buy an older, well behaved horse that you can all ride? Lots of kids start out on regular sized horses.
    04-09-2014, 08:21 AM
My oldest daughter started lessons on a pony and quickly moved to an "adult-sized" horse and did just fine. I bet your kids will too.

And if riding makes your heart happy....your kiddos will have the benefit anyway :)

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