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post #1 of 7 Old 04-20-2012, 06:21 AM Thread Starter
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Hi there,
I am 18 years old and take riding lessons once a week. But I am interested to know would I be able to join my local Pony Club without owning my own horse?
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-20-2012, 08:40 AM
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It depends on how your local Pony Club is run.

The pony club I belong to it would be kind of pointless to be a member without owning a horse. Most of the time is spent riding and every member has their own horse. It would be strange to have an unmounted member.

Also, at 18 you are considered an associate. Many Pony Club's don't teach associates so much - instead they help out with teaching the younger ones or something.

Give them a call if you're interested, but I don't know if its really what you're looking for.
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-20-2012, 12:36 PM
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With my Pony Club, you need a horse, or you can lease one. Within our group, there's always a few people with extra horses that need work that they are willing to lease out. Call your local advisor and ask about it. PC is a blast!
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-20-2012, 07:14 PM
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I've never heard that you need your own horse for pony club. Around here most of the riding schools that cater to children are registered with the pony club and you can take pony club classes there instead of regular lessons.
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post #5 of 7 Old 04-20-2012, 07:20 PM
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Hmm. In our area, we have several Pony Club instructors, but you pay a fee to ride one of their horses in lessons. It's up to the if you can take the horse to shows or events, like it is with any instructor.
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-21-2012, 12:11 AM
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I've never heard that you need your own horse for pony club. Around here most of the riding schools that cater to children are registered with the pony club and you can take pony club classes there instead of regular lessons.
I think Pony Club in North America compared to Pony Club in Australia are very different. Where are you from Showjumper18?

In Australia Pony Club's aren't really at riding schools (although I'm sure there is a few that are), instead everyone floats their horse out to an area, it's usually near a showground, and you have a few lessons run by volunteer instructors. Generally you'll have more "serious" riding in the morning and then fun in the afternoon. Most Pony Clubs will have people with spare horses, but you'd have to ask around. Regardless, you'd be at the upper end of the age group.
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-21-2012, 07:13 PM
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That's different alright! For us pony club was about three hours a week. One hour was a riding lesson and the rest was classes about horse care.
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