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some views from you townies

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annedowninthecountry Tue 31-May-16 14:13:59

I have a lovely pony who is outgrown and redundant and I am looking for something to do with him. Can I canvas your opinions on pony parties, or a flower pony at a wedding (wicker panniers which can contain flowers, favours or champagne) or what do you think? Please lots of non horsey people, give me your views? I am an instructor and could do some teaching on him but I was thinking of something a bit more exciting than that.

OTheHugeManatee Tue 31-May-16 14:20:22

I think you might regret pony parties. 20 shrieking under-10s wanting to climb all over your beloved pony, jabbing him in the mouth, quarrelling over whose turn it is?

annedowninthecountry Tue 31-May-16 15:02:22

constructive suggestions please

honeysucklejasmine Tue 31-May-16 15:04:50

I agree with manatee regarding kids parties.

Maybe you could a special needs school or charity, teach some of the kids horse care etc?

monkeywithacowface Tue 31-May-16 15:08:08

Would you consider something more focused on working with special needs children? Good instructors that will work 1:1 are like gold dust also there Equine therapy is very popular now and may be a bit more rewarding.

Babettescat Tue 31-May-16 15:12:09

There is nothing unconstructive about mantees comments. It's a very reasonable and legitimate point to raise about presumably your beloved pet.

Chippednailvarnishing Tue 31-May-16 15:17:28

"you townies"


Manatee is right, hiring animals out to crowds of kids who may or may not behave isn't fair on the animals.

OTheHugeManatee Tue 31-May-16 15:43:27

You might not think it a constructive comment, OP, but I have spent a reasonable amount of time with ponies and I have also spent a reasonable amount of time with 'townie' children, ie children who don't know how to behave around animals. I would be very careful indeed about mixing the two unless you either don't give a shit about your pony (which doesn't sound the case at all) or else are able to supervise extremely closely.

Some form of party entertainment involving rides on a pony and trap might at least put you in a position to be always in control of the pony - though I don't know if your pony is familiar with this kind of work and of course a pony and trap isn't very realistic for the size of most people's gardens. I dunno - learn about ponies as part of PHSE in primary schools? Sounds no dafter than some of the other stuff I hear about kids doing for PHSE.

How big is the pony? How bombproof is he? What kind of work does he do/enjoy?

annedowninthecountry Tue 31-May-16 16:54:27

Pony is 12.2hh and a Welsh Section B, he is adorable to look at. He is not broken to harness so a trap is not an option.

annedowninthecountry Tue 31-May-16 16:56:09

I am looking for ideas, I am not being prescriptive and would never subject my pony to rough or intolerant handling. And the comment "townies" was very much tongue in cheek!

annedowninthecountry Wed 01-Jun-16 08:34:38

What do people think about the wedding idea? I have a friend who is an Events Manager at a wedding venue and she said has seen the use of small ponies as flower ponies.

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