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post #1 of 10 Old 07-08-2020, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Suggestions wanted for future purchase of suitable horse

hi, i was looking for a pony for my nephew and niece, (three and six respectively) who would also be alright for me, a current 16 year old with about eight or nine years experience. i have a background in local competitions, though a few years ago stopped after a knee injury that's since healed and left me with a slight limp, and im only really looking for a light plod around, no more cross country for me, doctors' orders. i weigh a little under 7 stone, and im a little over a metre 60. i dont currently live in the uk, but im hoping to move in with my sister from mainland europe for university (duo-nationalitied parents) neither my sister nor her husband know anything about horses or ponies, only that they "generally have four legs and come in different colours and models", in her own (sarcastic) words. would it theoretically be alright to adopt or buy a large northern shetland?

edit- i should add that all this is hypothetical for the future, in the next year and a half to two.

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Who then becomes responsible for upkeep and all other associated costs of owning? What happens when you move off?
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hi, i was looking for a pony for my nephew and niece, (three and six respectively) who would also be alright for me, a current 16 year old

neither my sister nor her husband know anything about horses or ponies

would it theoretically be alright to adopt or buy a large northern shetland?
I understand your question is about suitability of a certain breed/build for your planned work, but I wanted to interject. Do your sister and her husband want a horse? Would this be your horse that they will ride occasionally or are you gifting a horse to them?

Inexperienced people (not yourself, but the others) mixed with horses on their own rarely turns out well. If they are interested in horses, make sure they take lessons for a good long while, both to know that they are actually committed, know what it takes, and they have appropriate horse handling and care skills before taking this huge responsibility. We would all hate to see new members of the horse community be overwhelmed by their first experience because they're walking in blind, or to see a perfectly good horse end up in a bad situation (or founder) because they don't know how to care for it.

If this is intended to be your horse and they just visit to ride every now and then, you should be preparing yourself for the expenses and time horse ownership takes, especially when you are 16 with non-concrete future plans.
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im moving in with my sister, as in probably permanently
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Who then becomes responsible for upkeep and all other associated costs of owning? What happens when you move off?
my sister was looking for a pony for her kids, they start lessons at their local school when they respectively become of age, but she asked me to look into options a little earlier instead of waiting till the last moment to ask the school
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I understand your question is about suitability of a certain breed/build for your planned work, but I wanted to interject. Do your sister and her husband want a horse? Would this be your horse that they will ride occasionally or are you gifting a horse to them?

Inexperienced people (not yourself, but the others) mixed with horses on their own rarely turns out well. If they are interested in horses, make sure they take lessons for a good long while, both to know that they are actually committed, know what it takes, and they have appropriate horse handling and care skills before taking this huge responsibility. We would all hate to see new members of the horse community be overwhelmed by their first experience because they're walking in blind, or to see a perfectly good horse end up in a bad situation (or founder) because they don't know how to care for it.

If this is intended to be your horse and they just visit to ride every now and then, you should be preparing yourself for the expenses and time horse ownership takes, especially when you are 16 with non-concrete future plans.
My sister wants to look for options earlier rather than later, so shes doing her own bit of learning for how to keep and look after horses, but she wanted a bit of a more learned opinion on which breed of pony would be the most suitable.

And as for my plans to move in, i have a secure, relatively high-paying position waiting, about half an hour's commute from my sister's husband's farm, and since they have far too many rooms to know what to do with anyways, they offered to let me stay, so i'm not exactly planning on changing my plans.

I also am not sure i want a horse, because of the even higher upkeep required, i really am looking for a pony, which really shouldn't be an issue, given my height and weight, and seeing my niece and nephew's continued interest in horses, i don't see any issues in giving them extra joyrides after they start learning at the local riding school, having assisted in teaching in the past.

Essentially, im getting a pony for partial working livery at my sister's farmhouse.
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At your height and weight you wouldn't have many limitations size wise for a pony. Once you get there and get settled if those plans work out then you can start looking for something suitable. I wouldn't focus on breed but temperament, sanity and soundness.

Lucky to have a school available that offers lessons. Don't know of any here that do for that young age.
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At your height and weight you wouldn't have many limitations size wise for a pony. Once you get there and get settled if those plans work out then you can start looking for something suitable. I wouldn't focus on breed but temperament, sanity and soundness.

Lucky to have a school available that offers lessons. Don't know of any here that do for that young age.
Oh no, they aren't starting yet, the one at six will, within a year or so, but my nephew isn't going to start until after I've settled in, he's still far too young.

But the thing is that i distinctly remember two instructors at my old school (neither of whom could have been much over a metre fifty) who would occasionally take the shetlands out for trots, because if and when they did get on a horse over fifteen hands they looked a bit like a pebble on a mountain, and combined with everything else, that's not really something I think I'd look forward to, so i was just wondering if a larger shetland would be alright, or if i should look into dartmoors or welsh ponies or some other similar hardy little pony.

Temperament-wise, on the whole, what breed might you suggest for children and rusty not-quite-children-anymore?

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I would not go for a Shetland, yes they are small but having short necks and heavy heads, can be tough on little arms. They are also very wide for little legs.

You want to be looking for temperament and suitability rather than breed.

However if you want a specific breed then look towards a Welsh Sec A or a Dartmoor. Both breeds are 12.2, ideal for,little people to be able to ride for several years and would be fine formyou too.
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So basically, your sister wants to get a pony for her children. She has no experience but you do and will be living with her. You would like to find a pony that is suitable for the children but also ok for you to ride. Is this summary correct?

I would agree that a dartmoor or welsh sec. A would be good candidates. And pretty too.

I think that those two kinds of ponies would be perfect for a 7-8 year old and nephew will catch up in no time.
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