The reason for my long absence is that my horses are retired. Royale is 29 and just starting to show his age Cody is only 22, but he's always had a bad back and feet so I decided to let him enjoy early retirement. The only saddle I own is a tiny little pony saddle I couldn't bear to part with.
Lately I've been thinking it's time to fill that pony saddle.
I have owned horses for 20 years. I have quite a bit of experience, including training (not in any particular discipline, just the basics and trail riding, though I've done a few local county fair shows just for fun). My horses are kept at my parents house, where we have 140 acres and free hay (we lease our big field to a neighboring farmer and in exchange he bales our hay field for us).
I have a one year old son and obviously it's too early to tell if he's inherited the "horse crazy" gene from his mommy. Still, I've been dreaming of getting him a pony if he eventually shows interest, once he's older. Well, an opportunity has fallen into my lap that I don't know if I want to pass up.
I found a very nice looking yearling Shetland Pony on my local Craigslist. I really like the looks of this pony (obviously I'd need to actually go see him to fully evaluate him) and the price is right. Here's what's tugging at my heart strings: he looks very similar to my beloved first pony, Bandit.
I'm thinking at the time this pony might be ready for an inexperienced rider, my son might be ready to ride. If my son isn't into horses, the pony could either be sold to a good home or simply stay with my other horses.
So... am I crazy of thinking of buying a yearling pony for my one year old son? (And, let's be honest, the pony would be for me, too, though not for riding).