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post #11 of 35 Old 01-17-2016, 11:14 PM
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LOL< the cute factor makes her worth it....at least you can pretend she is for your daughter, my mini donk....yeah, totally because I wanted a small to enjoy
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post #12 of 35 Old 01-17-2016, 11:19 PM
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Driving is a very fun way to enjoy horses. Most of my good friends have minis and we do a parade every year with a group of them. I'm planning to get one at some point. One thing that is great is when you have visitors that aren't riders you can take them out for a drive and even grandmas can get in a cart. There are tiny bits, blankets and halters that are adorable for the little guys. I always wanted a pony when I was a kid, and I still have that need inside to play with ponies. They are great running partners too, easier to take on trails than a big horse. When I lived closer to my friends with minis I'd take one or two out jogging with me. They don't pull like a big dog and stay with your pace. The carts they have are so cute too.
My friend has a little buckboard and drives her two minis as a team, but she really wants a princess coach someday.
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There are tiny bits, blankets and halters that are adorable for the little guys. I always wanted a pony when I was a kid, and I still have that need inside to play with ponies. They are great running partners too, easier to take on trails than a big horse. When I lived closer to my friends with minis I'd take one or two out jogging with me. They don't pull like a big dog and stay with your pace. The carts they have are so cute too.
My friend has a little buckboard and drives her two minis as a team, but she really wants a princess coach someday.
Okay stop talking about all of the cute little stuff RIGHT NOW.


I was thinking of waiting until summer but YOU AREN'T HELPING.

Apparently I also have that "need inside to play with ponies."
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post #14 of 35 Old 01-18-2016, 12:11 AM
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Oh my, that pony is just adorable! If you can afford it (and obviously you can, or you wouldn't be looking) and given that your daughter seems intimidated by a larger horse, why not? What a perfect little pony to learn on! You can do all sorts of ground work with it, even teach it tricks. My daughter had lots of fun at one of the barns where she rode teaching a mini filly tricks. She was riding a huge (but safe) Friesian there, and I think she enjoyed her time with the mini more!

Just make sure this pony is really what they say it is. Ask about a trial, or a buy-back contract, bring someone else with you, show up early and go see it more than once. Some horses (esp. ponies) are moody and might be fine one day, not so much the next.

Think of what she can learn by grooming and leading a little horse around that doesn't scare her!
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post #15 of 35 Old 01-18-2016, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Well, this may not be the pony. Someone asked if it had foundered, and the owner said, " The Farrier said she has no lamintis on her fronts and barely noticeable on the backs. But I think people who have any kind of healthy ponies they should never be on ANY thing rich. Her hoofs grow a little faster then our others though."

That is a big deal right? (Obviously I'm pretty clueless...if I do go look at said pony I'd take someone knowledgeable with me).
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post #16 of 35 Old 01-18-2016, 12:19 AM
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Aaawww who doesn't love cute pony esp for your 5 year old?? I couldn't see the pic but is your daughter really interested, too? My daughter is loving the pony she's learning to ride on - and is willing to ride much bigger horses after building confidence. She rode a 16 hand horse on a trail ride over Xmas break and it didn't even phase her. Looking forward to seeing pics if you do get it! :)
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post #17 of 35 Old 01-18-2016, 12:23 AM
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Well, this may not be the pony. Someone asked if it had foundered, and the owner said, " The Farrier said she has no lamintis on her fronts and barely noticeable on the backs. But I think people who have any kind of healthy ponies they should never be on ANY thing rich. Her hoofs grow a little faster then our others though."

That is a big deal right? (Obviously I'm pretty clueless...if I do go look at said pony I'd take someone knowledgeable with me).
Well, I'm no more knowledgeable than you but... that sounds a little odd. Barely noticeable laminitis? Sounds like they are trying to minimize something rather than being up front about it.
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post #18 of 35 Old 01-18-2016, 12:41 AM
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I think you said one of the geldings is pretty laid back. Could you "pony" the pony while riding the gelding?

Vet check for opinion on founder.
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post #19 of 35 Old 01-18-2016, 06:07 AM
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Some farriers (including mine) call any stretching of the white line / separation of the hoof wall "laminitis", while laminitis in a stricter sense means the inflammation between the hoof wall and the hoof capsule.

It is much more common in the front feet, but can affect the hinds too.

I would agree that even with a little pony like that, it is a good idea to get a vet to do a pre-purchase exam with x-rays to check for rotation if there is a suspicion that she was ever laminitic.

It is also true that ponies generally don't do well on any rich feed. Not sure what your boarding situation is like, but I'd say pasture boarding a pony is probably not a good idea. They need a dry lot with good fencing. Not all boarsing barns are set up for that or willing to accommodate a pony.
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post #20 of 35 Old 01-18-2016, 06:33 AM
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My friend bought a pony for her 5 year old, and when she had the vet check, there was a history of laminitis. The vet told her, "There are two kinds of ponies: those that have foundered and those that will founder." She went ahead and bought the pony and never had a moment's problem with her. Of course, she was very careful and took good care of the pony.

I bought my daughter a large pony that I could ride when my daughter was 3. I mostly rode the pony until she was 5 and could ride on her own. My daughter was not all that interested in horses, but rode with me because it was something fun to do with Mom. My daughter is 13 now, just finished starting her own filly that we got when the filly was 4 months old. She is a beautiful rider and handles the young filly perfectly. She still isn't all that interested in horses, but she has a great time riding with her friends. Horses gave her a lot of confidence. Just because she doesn't have the passion I have did not mean that having a pony, and now a horse, did not help her quite a lot.

I would have the vet check the seriousness of the laminitis, but not rule the pony out. And, in my opinion, kids don't need to have the total passion for horses to still benefit from having one. By the way, we call our pony The World's Greatest Pony. He is marvelous.
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