looking for a pony for to keep for life

(59 Posts)
booksinbed Wed 05-Dec-12 10:15:55

After recently choosing the wrong pony for me and resultant loss confidence as evidenced by bonkers posts...!!! followed by lots of support from lovely folk on this forum, i have started loaning a pony again and love it and realise what type of pony i need.

.Am now putting out feelers to start the process of looking to buy and thought i wd check on here.
I need to not rush as i did before and what i wd really like is -

pony up to 14 2 hh.
pref male but most important a non" distant" nature .but a loving nature that attactches to me and actually likes fuss and cuddles.I realise that its not just the riding its the relationshio that is equally important to me as you spend so much time on the ground and i just want that relationship as its important to me and that is what ive learnt so i have to listen to this.Feel a bit soft but hay ho.!!While im on the subjet i adore greys and adore big eyes,its sounds silly but im trying to be honest with myself to try and get my match.
A confidence giver - that has brakes ,does not nap or nip ,good to load,and enjoys hacking out.
I am 8 half stone five foot one and a half so i wonder if there are any mothers dream ponys that are very safe that any teen has ougrown.i think that 13 3 to 14 2 hh wd be good range.
Im not a very experinced rider but am quite confident - did a cx course at weekend on my loan just avoded jumps as my loan does not jump.
i wd really offer a loving and consistant home and would be having lessons,hacking out ,cx and my dream is to drag hunt.i wd def do the hunt training sessions here which are endurance type rides in big groups for stamina building /fitness.Charity rides also.
Nice strides - pref slow trot to fast and heavier set ponies such as m and m or cob type.love long manes .

If anyone can recomened a fantastic lovable pony then please post.thanks .I may wish to loan with view to buy as i owe it to pony to get this right.im north west but willing to travel for right pony.

higgle Mon 31-Dec-12 20:44:33

Have you thought of a Highland? for sale list I have had two and they are real characters. The first used to mug you for blackberries, as he couldn't get them off the bush himself he'd wait until you had picked a full bowl and then help himself - could also drink apple juice out aof a carton. They are very hardy and good doers, and so sweet natured.

cngequine Thu 27-Dec-12 22:33:36

This is Claire who " owns and runs " cng equine !! These posts have been brought to my attention and I can honestly say I find them very personal and upsetting. Can I ask if those of you who have chose the advise people away from us if any of you have had any direct experience/dealings with us??
I can honestly say that it is forums like this which can do a lot of damage to a business.
You only have one side of the story and it is only fair we are allowed to put our side across.
Firstly we have NEVER been prosecuted by trading standards, we have had one visit and they took one look at our establishment and the way it is run and said straight away there is certainly no case for them to deal with, we had followed every correct procedure and had done absolutely nothing wrong.
There is a piece from 2007 on h&h forum about myself, not cng equine and again this was not proved and turned into a harrasment case against myself and was ceertainly not prosecuted in anyway !!
It is very naive to think that in any " sales job ' you won't get dis satisfied customers but with the hundreds maybe thousands of horses we have sold to have only the odd one or two dis satisfied customers in my book is very successful.
I am a true animal lover and always put the horses need first and would invite anyone of you " behind the scenes " !! Just this weekend we had a client try a horse and offer to buy him for me to turn the offer down as I felt horse and rider weren't a match. This is a regular occurance and I question every potential viewer before they view.
I could go on and on to defend us but as I said I invite all of you to spend time with us on the yard and then you may comment.
As for us being puppy farmers??? Both my mum and I have dogs as pets and yes we do breed of some of them but that hardly warrants being a puppy farm, every dog is kept in our horses as pets and not one is left outside. Any puppies we have are raised in the family home and we will have 1 or 2 litters a year.
Please any questions feel free to ask and I will answer them as honestly as I can.
Claire

Booboostoo Wed 19-Dec-12 21:38:31

I am really sorry to hear about your father.

I would very much like to hear about the new pony when you feel up to it.

50BalesOfHay Wed 19-Dec-12 15:22:01

I meant finding your horse, not your dad, when I said some things are meant to be.

50BalesOfHay Wed 19-Dec-12 15:21:11

Sorry to hear about your dad, books. Treasure your little cob and enjoy him. Some things are meant to be. Look forward to hearing all about him (and seeing pics)

booksinbed Wed 19-Dec-12 14:13:55

Thankyou all for your help.I found him last thursday .A little black cob.

.Im devasteted to say that on the same day as i viewed pony, my darling father died following surgery and post surgery complications which have lasted a few weeks. I cant say much at the moment but wnated to tell you all.The very odd thing was that i gotpony in cheshire and the last recoded owner on passport - which is not the last owner it was a riding school was the village my darling dad lived in which is no were near cheshire but is in yorkshire .When i can i will tell you all what he is like .I just wanted to thank you all for all your help.

Kormachameleon Tue 11-Dec-12 18:46:40

Just to say also please don't discount an older horse

Everyone wants an 8 year old schoolmaster - they will all be advertised as this yet rarely are
Try and look for something that has maybe been in the same home for a few years, something someone has grown out of or gone to college or uni. An all rounder is ideal, stay away from anything advertised as dressage/ xc/hunter prospect - these will nearly all be too much for a novice

Also ideally get something ridden in a snaffle with no contraptions like martingales etc - again you risk getting something a bit funky if it needs a gag and martingale

Just keep it really basic, you have a good budget and will find something perfect if you keep your cool and take your time

Booboostoo Tue 11-Dec-12 17:30:08

I don't want to annoy you by repeating myself, but please consider taking your instructor with you on viewings! You will need to compensate her for her time but it will save you loads of money in the long term if you buy the right horse now.

Spons Tue 11-Dec-12 13:46:00

We've all been there books, focussing on the 'good' stuff in the advert! You'll start to narrow in on exactly what you want, and there will only be a few adverts that fit the bill. Watch out for ex riding school (and I have one! Although it was 2 owners before me) they can be nappy and tend to want to be part of the herd rather than work alone.

I had some awful trials, including being bucked off and horse bolting off! You'll know when it's right...

Googled 'the person' korma, shock

booksinbed Tue 11-Dec-12 11:24:10

hi all - tried out first pony today .thelwell meets middle aged lady - ex riding school pony took off with me to feed room.here we go...you goot to laff but seriosly- shoulld have read bit were it said needs stong rider....to bring on .....all the ret of blurb was steady hack,etc...and onward. we go.....

booksinbed Mon 10-Dec-12 19:12:17

loved oak sooooooo much ...ben a bit big i a shortie !!!but he ad been on a list i had so we are thinking alike xx

Kormachameleon Mon 10-Dec-12 19:07:34

Ooh this is fun :-)
Glad you liked them

booksinbed Mon 10-Dec-12 18:49:24

yay ! gald you are enjoying horse shopping with me.i like ben.i rang re oak staight away the second on kormas list as my heart melted ,boo he sold !!!!but they have another and will e mail - the owner buys and sells tho.

50BalesOfHay Mon 10-Dec-12 18:38:16

The Exmoors are both lovely korma, and Ben looks beautiful (because he looks a bit like my mare!) definitely put them on the shortlist books! You should get something nice for your budget, as long as you're not looking at showing types.

Books, we're all enjoying horse shopping with you!

Kormachameleon Mon 10-Dec-12 17:54:29

this one worth a gander

I love him

him

All of those worth a phone call I think

booksinbed Mon 10-Dec-12 17:45:09

spons- yes i know folk in rl - but they helped me find dd pony so feel cant ask them to travel too far on my venture ....i drove a frirndmyself to east coast to look at pony for her and i was so tired by time got there and back as it was a 9 hour drive return was neither use nor ornamant as they say !!!plus it ended up being a dealer of questionable repute !!!!aaahh.I have no app phone thing - bi of a tech dinosaur im afraid ....!! but thankyou - you are all being so lovely.

Kormachameleon Mon 10-Dec-12 17:42:48

Do you know the names spon ?

Just google c l a i r e or g a i l d a v i e s equine
I also have messages in my Facebook from people who have taken her to small claims and trading standards

Wouldn't touch with the proverbial barge pole

booksinbed Mon 10-Dec-12 17:39:59

korma- how kind of you- north west- but will travel for right pony no problem..........

Spons Mon 10-Dec-12 17:37:54

Ah ok, shall look for names. Yeah seen puppies pop up quite frequently and thought did cross my mind... Thanks for info anyway, books- I take it all back!!!

Kormachameleon Mon 10-Dec-12 17:31:38

Have you googled that name or the name of the people who run it ?

I have spoken to several people who have had their fingers burnt and experienced their tactics first hand with a friend

I would steer very very clear

They are also puppy farmers although they deny it

Spons Mon 10-Dec-12 17:18:35

Won't hijack (but yet i am) but really korma? I only found them after I'd got newest horse, but always thought they 'appeared' to have some lovely horses? Had googled them out of curiosity before and no horror stories came up?

Kormachameleon Mon 10-Dec-12 16:59:56

Whereabouts are you ??
I'll find you a horse :-)

Don't touch Cng equine. Don't want to say too much in here but just don't buy a horse from them

Spons Mon 10-Dec-12 16:19:45

Hi books, where abouts are you? There is a dealer called 'cng equine' bassed on Staffordshire, who seems to have done lovely horses. They are on Facebook and seem to get a lot of positive updates from people that have bought off them. A dealer may be the way to go as they can spend some time to get to know you and match you with a horse. Do you have anyone in rl that can go and see horses with you?

I'd second not worrying about looks, I've always wanted a 16h grey, but have a 15h black cob, and a 15h dk bay! I was also adamant with the second one I didn't want anything under 15.3, but sometimes you just 'know. Do you have an iPhone? I found right horses to be a v good app, and got the last one through there.

Also, you mention you have a pony on loan, is there any chance you could buy that?

booksinbed Mon 10-Dec-12 16:13:33

the last message was meant for korma..!!

booksinbed Mon 10-Dec-12 16:11:38

budjet....well its supposed to be 2,000 max.I wd rather pay more for a pony for life.i hope to get one that has a wonderful temperment.ive changed my mind totally on looks .its safe ,then temerment .i wd also like one with good fet as wd like to avoid shoes if at all possible.....

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