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post #11 of 20 Old 02-11-2018, 03:27 PM
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Things are very different in the UK. You will be hard pushed to find small children riding a horse and not a pony.

Shows are organised as to both height of the pony and a rider's age. Up to twelve years children are on 12.2 ponies, then 13.2 until fourteen and sixteen 14.2. There is nothing to stop a rider of ten years riding a bigger pony but they are better competing with those of the same age.

We have a great diversity of ponies which are widely used.

So, as Golden Horse has said, majority of children who own their own pony realise that they are going to outgrow it and although always sad, realise that they need something bigger and will sell to get another more suited as the child grows.
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post #12 of 20 Old 02-11-2018, 04:08 PM
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If the father is looking at taking his trailer towing test I'm sure he's also prepared to buy the right pony and pay all of the costs involved in keeping one.
I don't see the problem with having to sell if needs be - if you buy the right pony and you're involved with the pony club its usually quite easy to rehome an outgrown one. There's always a market for a good reliable pony.
I was 12 when I had my first pony at home where I'd be the one responsible for her daily care but prior to that I'd already had 3 ponies that I'd outgrown or in the case of the 3rd one I sold myself to a school teacher (for a nice profit) because I just didn't get on with him. When I outgrew pony number 4 I loaned her out to a family with several young children, I was 14. I already had a bigger pony.


MKNshowjumping - Caring for a pony properly is hard work but if you're going to be at a livery yard its much easier. As long as you have the support of your family and a good yard behind you I can see no reason why you shouldn't look at having one of your own.
At 13 you're close to the age limit for 13.2's so a 14.2 would be the best choice.
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post #13 of 20 Old 02-11-2018, 04:21 PM
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Found this.....It's true! Having trouble getting pics to load, so here:

Roses are red,
My pony is too,
He eats all my money,
And turns it to POO!

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Well, I bought my daughter her first horse when she was 10. I also bought myself one a few months later. You'll gather from that that I also ride and know a lot about horses (I actually got my first pony when I was 5, but I don't recommend it). So do I think a 13 year old can own a horse? Sure. However, you need to be in one of two situations for that to work. Either a) your parents are into horses as much as you, and are very experienced and knowledgeable (I didn't get that from your post) or b) your parents are willing to pay all the bills, including paying for full board and a coach to help you with the horse. Without a parental figure to guide you, it will be important that you continue to learn (it is a lifelong journey!), so you'll want to have a coach or trainer who can work with you and your horse. I'd also encourage you to spend lots of time with others who will be interacting with your horse, such as a farrier or trimmer, and the vet. Ask questions. Keep learning.

If you were to ask whether it's a good idea for a 13 year old to get a horse, bring it home to their backyard, and be solely responsible for it without any adult help, I would say no. And I say that from experience because I was put in that situation when I was only 11. I did my best, but did not do everything right. We have horses at home now, but as the adult, I take full responsibility for the horses. My daughter helps when I ask (she will be 13 in a couple of weeks), and if I need to be away for a few days she is in charge (with a lot of instructions, and pre-mixed feed, and help from her dad). But it is a huge responsibility for a 13-year old to do everything. Boarding, on the other hand, is totally doable. The horse's basic needs are being met. I know lots of girls that age who have their own horses. Heck, I know a girl that age who trained her own horse, and is about to train her second horse, an OTTB! She's pretty impressive, but also rides every single day, no matter the weather, and outside to boot! Her parents are also very committed, and help out at the boarding stable, drive her to shows, volunteer at the stable. But I'd say she's the exception, not the rule.

Just make sure your parents know the full cost, and are willing to commit to it long-term. If you want to convince them, you might put together a budget that includes initial purchase cost (horse + tack + blankets + brushes, etc.), the boarding cost, the cost of continued lessons, farrier/trimming costs, regular veterinary cost and the potential cost of emergencies, trailering and show costs if you're going to show, etc. etc.
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Also, 14.2 is a great height. That's the height of my daughter's Arab. Small enough for a child, but big enough to compete alongside horses, and to be ridden for many years. In fact, if and when she outgrows him, I'd be happy to ride him myself, since I am a very small adult. Here in Canada, they rarely have separate classes for ponies, so she often jumps him right alongside horses, and he often brings home firsts and seconds!
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Found this.....It's true! Having trouble getting pics to load, so here:

Roses are red,
My pony is too,
He eats all my money,
And turns it to POO!

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As long as your parents are willing to commit themselves to helping you, should you decide to go into further education, then it seems to me that you are in a good position to own a pony. You sound very mature, and I have no doubt that you will be able to look after the pony. Said pony would be very lucky to have someone like you looking after him or her. I wish you the best of luck, Jessica x
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Also, 14.2 is a great height. That's the height of my daughter's Arab. Small enough for a child, but big enough to compete alongside horses, and to be ridden for many years. In fact, if and when she outgrows him, I'd be happy to ride him myself, since I am a very small adult. Here in Canada, they rarely have separate classes for ponies, so she often jumps him right alongside horses, and he often brings home firsts and seconds!
One of the many differences between the UK and the US.
At most local UK shows you can't compete a pony in the same jumping class as the horses though some will allow the pony to compete in horses classes if it no longer competes in any pony classes. At BHS level you can take a pony up into horse classes when you are too old to compete in ponies but they have to be re-registered.

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Absolutely you could. I can assume that your parents are prepared to support you and ready to be actively involve with the costs associated? being a young horse owner can go one of two ways. Either your parents will be super supportive and will be actively be there for you throughout your riding, shows, lessons etc which is the best and most ideal. Option 2 is your parents will be supportive but not actually present in your related activities making it truly challenging to you in that your passion or lack thereof will really show. Being a young rider without parental support can be hard. If you're truly passionate about it, you will still be a fantastic horse owner and young rider without it, but I find those who don't have that parental support more often than not, end up getting out of horses and losing interest.
If you know that this is what you want to commit to because you're passionate, then go for it you'll be a fantastic horse owner. If you have an ounce of doubt perhaps staying into a lesson program might be better for you at least for right now.
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Either your parents will be super supportive and will be actively be there for you throughout your riding, shows, lessons etc which is the best and most ideal. Option 2 is your parents will be supportive but not actually present in your related activities making it truly challenging to you in that your passion or lack thereof will really show. Being a young rider without parental support can be hard. If you're truly passionate about it, you will still be a fantastic horse owner and young rider without it, but I find those who don't have that parental support more often than not, end up getting out of horses and losing interest.
I tend to agree with this. It doesn't mean kids with non-horsey parents can't become amazing horse people, but it certainly makes it easier of you have horsey parents. Especially for those who show. Even just having parents who are really committed to the horse thing, without necessarily being riders themselves, is a huge advantage. It's just really hard for non-horsey people to understand the passion, be willing to put in the ridiculous hours, not to mention paying the substantial bills. So hopefully this will be the case for the OP!
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