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11hh pony or forever type 14hh for 6 year old child? help

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anydreamwilldo Sun 02-Mar-14 09:06:40

Have to make a decision, both lovely ponies. The little one she will love but fear she will outgrow it and be heart-broken when he has to move on. Don't want to over-horse her with the cob, but we could keep him forever ........ don't know what to do. Any ideas welcome, probably lots of things I haven't thought of? Thanks

NigellasDealer Fri 14-Mar-14 17:20:47

thinking in a couple of years when dd goes away to college we will loan her to another loving home, another little girl to love her - what is wrong with that as long as the new home is carefully chosen!?

NigellasDealer Fri 14-Mar-14 17:21:08

ooop lol i meant loan the pony not dd grin

Mirage Fri 14-Mar-14 18:06:54

Thank goodness that people do loan their lovely old ponies out,otherwise we wouldn't have DD1's super pony.If Dpony is still fit and well when DD2 has outgrown her,there are a few people who'd love to loan her.She hates not being in work.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Fri 14-Mar-14 23:08:37

Thinking thats the biggest load of old chuff ive ever heard! Ponies aren't dogs or cats. They are sadly outgrown in a couple of years but can live for 30! do you expect the outgrown pony to spend the best years of its life rotting in a field?
It's by far the best thing for the pony to find a new rider. Whether or not you loan or sell them, they get to keep working and enjoying themselves. I know several who have a waiting list of riders.
Much much better than just doing nothing and going to waste.

Butkin Mon 17-Mar-14 13:03:15

I agree with Saggy. We kept my cob until his dying day and I think horses will mostly be given proper homes for life.

However ponies are completely different. DD is 11 and we've already sold on 2 of her ponies and let one go on permanent loan. Children grow and ponies don't just want to stay in a field, unridden, for 20 years. Much better you pass them on to some loving family who will appreciate the experienced pony you are selling/loaning them.

Likewise we've bought DD a lovely 12.2 Show Pony from a family whose daughter had outgrown her. She'd been to HOYS with them and last year went to HOYS with us. How would we ever have got her according to your ideas?

Yeehaw Thu 20-Mar-14 11:26:03

We have a 14.2 that I am planning to keep forever - I have two more children waiting to ride him, he's 15 already, my youngest will be 13 when he's 20 so will probably just starting to come off him. If he is still fit and well I would loan him to a local pony club family for a couple of years but he will always come back to us. He's been such a joy and I owe him a very nice life :-)

Grumpy 13.2 will be outgrown in two or three years, he'll only be 14 and desperately needs working so we will almost certainly sell hiim (if we can hmm)

Incapinka Thu 20-Mar-14 15:04:57

I dread to think how many horses we would have if we didn't sell them on! As for them being like cats or dogs we would need a bigger house too if they were going to curl up on the sofa...! I am guessing thinking has never owned a horse...

Good luck with the cob and finding dd a pony. I agree with trying to find a nice older one that's about 12.2. As for section a's. I had 2 when i was little and they were evil little things. Best pony was a 13.2 my parents bought from a riding school and she was so grateful of a nice pony club home she never put a foot wrong... Keep us posted

Yeehaw Thu 20-Mar-14 20:49:58

We had a section a a few years ago. I'd never have another one hmm

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