I am going on the 10th (earliest day we were both available) to go look at an aged pony -somewhere between 20 and 25 - for a first pony for my 6 1/2 year old daughter Wren.
I bought a pony for her last spring, but the mare was a leadline pony and Wren needed a little more. I sold her, looked last year for a suitable pony, but couldn't find the right one. Wren started on the lungeline riding Whiskey, my 4 year old mare, but obviously a 4 year old 15.3 hand mare isn't a good fit, so she rode very, very closely supervised. Loved it, and wants to ride with me every evening.
So two months ago I put an ad on craigslist asking for a old, broke to death, sadly outgrown pony in need of a new little girl to love. Didn't get an answer and forgot about the ad.
Until today when I got an email from a lady who has George. He's an old paint pony, and according to her, her six year old can mount and ride him unassisted and the neighbors use him as their riding pony, and can walk/trot/canter him and crawl all over him. She is seeking a new home for him because they can't afford the hay prices, and he requires senior feed and a little extra care because of his age. Her daughter doesn't ride him enough to justify the expense for her.
I am pretty excited to go visit him, they are 3 hours away and we both have plans for the next couple weekends, but pretty hopeful he is what she represents him to be. Here are a couple pics:
As you may be following, we are going through treating Whiskey for a particularly nasty sarcoid so this is a little ray of sunshine... he looks pretty cute and in great shape (other than his feet need a trim) for his age. He is current on shots and just got his teeth done, although he is missing a few and the others are short. He isn't a halter horse, and will be used for teaching Wren to ride, to guide, to go down the trail and play in the pasture....
What do you all think?