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post #21 of 55 Old 07-04-2015, 12:28 PM
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I will echo most of the sentiments here about Jersey being a really good first purchase. The pony is a great fit for your daughter (by your own admission your priority), an excellentboarding situation with a trainer who knows the horse, which definitely gives you, as a new horseowner, a leg up and advantage as you have people to come alongside you as you learn.

Purchasing Jersey seems like an extremely wise decision. I would encourage you to take your time considering a horse of your own. As so many others have said, keep taking lessons, consider a part lease, see where it takes you. You may think now you will never compete, but you don't know.

And, even though you are in a great situation with great support, getting TWO right away as newbies will definitely divide your attentions and you may find it overwhelming.

I appreciate so much that you are taking the time to think this all through and ask questions and consider carefully the ramifications. That is a recipe for success.
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post #22 of 55 Old 07-04-2015, 12:46 PM
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OP can you answer this question? :

Originally Posted by Woodhaven View Post
In your present lease with Jersey, is your daughter the only rider or is the pony getting more work than just with your daughter?

The reason I ask this is that if a pony/horse is being used by more than one rider, it is getting more work and if you buy Jersey she will be ridden only by your daughter and if she doesn't get enough work/riding she can get more lively and harder to handle. It sounds like your daughter is happy to spend a lot of time with her horse so maybe Jersey would be ridden often with her.
Jersey is young enough that when your children outgrow her, she will still have many good years to offer another young rider, so you could recover your original purchase price and put it to another horse if you want.
To me she sounds like a good horse to buy and since she and your daughter already do so well together it's a good match.

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post #23 of 55 Old 07-04-2015, 01:19 PM
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Sky has brought up a good point, but I don't see that as a problem even if it did happen. It could easily be arranged for Jersey to be used for other students a few times a week and in the case that your daughter was not able to ride for a week or so the pony could still be worked. What is really so nice is that you seem to have a very good rapport with the trainer which is so important.
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post #24 of 55 Old 07-04-2015, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all for your continued support!

To answer a few questions, and an update.....
1. It seems that Jersey might not be 7, but according to an instructor who looked at her teeth today, "in her teens." Maybe I heard wrong- perhaps my daughter's trainer said "17" and not "7." Is that too old?
2. This instructor also said she would be sad to lose Jersey as a lesson horse, as she is "so perfect." That's a good sign :)
3. My daughter was riding Jersey 2x a week over the past year, and others were definitely riding. She was probably getting ridden 5 or 6 times a week. The owner told us that more recently she only had one child riding Jersey - so perhaps she was only getting ridden once a week. My daughter said that she could tell Jersey was out of practice as she had "forgotten how to canter." I'm sure she didn't "forget" lol, but it doesn't seem that not much was being asked of Jersey recently.

I am feeling more confident that it is a good decision to buy - so I'll set up a prepurchase vet exam. In an effort to get my daughter more involved in the process, and to understand the gravity of buying a horse, I had her put together a list of questions (with my help) that she would want to know from the owner (her trainer). These include:

1. How long have you owned, Jersey, where do you buy her from, and do you know her history?
2. Is she registered?
3. Any conformation flaws?
4. How old is Jersey?
5. Has she ever had colic, illness, or injury?
6. Has she ever been shown. What are her competition results?
7. Does she load easily?
8. What feed and supplements is she on now?
9. Does Jersey require corrective shoes?
10. Has she ever had laminitis or been lame?

Is this a reasonable list? I thought it was pretty good for an 8 year old:)

Thanks again!
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post #25 of 55 Old 07-04-2015, 05:43 PM
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I love the list, because it assumes nothing.

I don't think 17 is too old at all, provided she has not already had significant joint deterioration. Ponies, especially, tend to be very tough and hardy. But your vet can help verify her age when the ppe is done.
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post #26 of 55 Old 07-06-2015, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, the owner actually says the horse is definitely less than 17, more like 9-10-ish. Says that when she got the horse, she still had her "7 year hook" (whatever that is....). But I've got a pre purchase check coming this week, so I guess we can see how Jersey measures up! VERY excited!!!!!!!
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post #27 of 55 Old 07-10-2015, 01:55 AM
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Interested to see how this goes! Hopefully all works out and you/your daughter have a new pony =)

Would love to see pictures of the pony as well, I have such a soft spot for them lol.
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post #28 of 55 Old 07-10-2015, 03:27 AM
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One size doesn't fit all. A pony that would suit you as well might be too big for your daughter. I agree with 'blue eyed pony' that your daughters confidence in her pony is everything. If you can lease Jersey and hire another for yourself as needed that would be the way to go (in my opinion)
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post #29 of 55 Old 07-10-2015, 09:25 AM
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A pony that fits your daughter this well it worth its weight in GOLD.

Get this pony if she passes the PPE.

Your own riding can be on lesson horses or part lease or whatever suits you. Eventually you can get your own horse suited to you.

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post #30 of 55 Old 07-10-2015, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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The PPE is TODAY!!!!! I am so excited. I will let you all know how it goes. And, I am able to ride this horse, she is not too small, but in the end it is quite likely that I would be more comfortable on a larger horse.
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