I have had many brilliant ponies in the past and have been very reluctant to actually sell them so, would lease them to friends.
They earned me more than if I sold them over the years!
The last one was an ex top show pony. He was in his teens when I got him. When my nieces had outgrown him I gave him to a friend for her daughter, then two. He moved to Eire with them and taught her two children to ride. He still went hunting (fox) until he was 38. He finally suffered a bad bought of pneumonia, got over that but it returned a couple of months later and he did not want to fight it so, he is buried in their field in Eire.
One little Welsh mare I had out on lease was carrying her rider, aged about 7, out hunting. There was a big ditch across the field and she didn't want to jump it. Her father stopped his horse, lifted the girl off the pony onto his horse in front of him, they jumped the ditch leading the pony. Stopped, dumped the girl back on board and continued as it if it were the norm!