Are you thinking of buying a pony? Even though the thought of owning one probably makes you want to jump up and down with excitement, there’s lots you need to think about before you find your perfect one and take him home. From A to Z, our handy guide will give you all the info you need to help you find your perfect four-legged partner!
Looking through for sale adverts is a great place to start the search for your ideal pony. You can even filter online ads so only the ones who are your preferred size, age, and the right location show up. Once you’ve found a pony you like the sound of, you can contact the seller to ask for more info and arrange a viewing.
You’ll need to put some thought into which breed of pony would be ideal for you. Choose one that’s capable of doing all the things you want to do, whether that’s dressage, jumping or hacking, and one who’s the right size and temperament for you, too. Native breeds make great children’s ponies, because they can turn a hoof to anything and are usually easy to look after.
This means the size, shape and how well proportioned a pony’s body is. Learning to spot good conformation is useful for viewing a pony. When a pony has good conformation, he’s more likely to stay healthy and the better he should perform. Poor conformation can put him at a higher risk of health problems, such as lameness. It’s really important that his conformation is good enough for the job you’ll use him for.
Find out more in January PONY, on sale 18 November 2020.