I agreed to buy a pony! After weeks of nothing,I rang up about one at lunchtime,viewed him in this afternoon and agreed to buy him after a trial period of a few weeks.
The owner was lovely,stood out in the pouring rain whilst the dds rode him,groomed him and led him around.She took him in and out of the box,so we could see how he reacted,let the dds check his feet.He is a 10 year old grey gelding,11.2 and a little star.She has emailed photos of him at shows with her niece,in fancy dress as a dalmation and dyed blue.He seems to be exactly what we were looking for,but the trial will tell for sure.We collect him on 11th June.
I told DH when he got home from work and he didn't turn a hair.I asked if he wanted to go and see it but he reckons he trusts me to deal with the buying of things beginning with 'h',without his input-houses,holidays and horses.
Have agreed to pay neighbour £15 a week for stable,paddock and use of menage,just need to sort out insurance now.The dds can't quite believe their luck.
Thank you-am currently trying to get the insurance sorted.We are covered for 3rd party by our BASC insurance so not sure what else we need to get cover for-he is costing me £1000 to buy [was on for more than that but we did a deal].I have been advised to avoid E&L by a few people,so am currently looking at Petplan and NFU.
Thank you all.I had a fit of the panics yesterday-but have spoken to the vendor today and she has also emailed me to say that if we do have any problems,which she doubts,to get back in touch with her.We also have a two week trial period to get to know him,so am feeling calmer about it all.An experienced broker is sorting out some insurance for me and we collect him at 3pm on 11th June.[riding school owner recommended her broker to me].
Olderyetwider,hopefully we'll see you out and about.DD1 is desperate to do pony camp this year,but I have said that it is best to get to know her pony inside out before doing that.We'll join up to the Quorn once he has settled in,hopefully in time for the half term children's meet [for years they have both yearned to go,and last year wouldn't go with me,because 'looking at the other children on their ponies made them feel sad'.]
DD1 got part two of her Bronze award at riding school ponyclub today and still can't quite believe her hard work and years of lessons has paid off.I'm sure that they thought that I'd never give in and buy them their own pony
All I need to buy now are some child's black stirrup leathers,so if anyone has any that they'd like to sell,please let me know.
Also meant to say, attacks of the panics are perfectly normal, and in my experience they will get worse in the first couple of weeks once you collect him. It does pass though, and you will stop waking up in the night worrying!
Just don't stop and look at what you've spent in the first few months.......We'v had a real rollercoaste with DD's pony for a number of reason but honestly, 30 seconds with him and je ne regrette rien!
Thank you-just got off the phone with the broker and sorted the insurance £25 for the 2 weeks he is with us and £247 for the whole year should we keep him,which seems better than anything I could find.
Thanks for the reassurance-I'm normally a very cautious person and don't like parting with money-it is hard enough earned..I hope you'll both hold my hand through our pony related ups and downs.
Olderyetwider,the dds friends were at the Easter Bunny hunt-Stanford Hall wasn't it? They are Sophie on Tanya,a grey mare,and Grace on Breeze,a chestnut mare,they had a fab time.
MariaLuisa,I'm trying to keep costs down,and like you said,trying not to think about it too much.It is Melton horse sales on Saturday and I'm sure I'll end up lurking around the tack stalls.dd2's riding lesson starts at exactly the time the tack auction starts,so I'll miss that,which may be a good thing.
My problem is I'm reliving my childhood but the kit is so much more fun! So rather than buying the plain stable bandages for a tenner we end up with the glittery ones DD finds for £13....So far we've managed to stick with just one saddle and bridle although we have several browbands and saddlecloths.
I'm working on DH to get a trailer so need to start being a bit restrained.
Yes,it is a revelation to me.I last had a pony in 1978-a lifetime ago,but,my mum has found my old curry comb and mane and tail comb from those days.I've also got my old grooming box,which the dds keep pencils in now.I did allow them to splurge £2.99 on a new pink one though.