Owning a pony may be your absolute dream, but it isn’t the only way to increase your pony time and loaning or sharing could work better for you. Here’s what each one involves…
What is it? You purchase the pony and have total responsibility for his care.
Pros You get to make all the decisions about your pony, and he’s available whenever you want to spend time with him.
Cons Owning a pony is a lot of fun, but it’s a huge commitment, in time and money. Also, if the pony turns out not to be suitable for you, it might not be easy to find him a new home.
What is it? You care for a pony like he’s your own, but he still belongs to someone else.
Pros You don’t have to pay any money for the pony, and you can return him to his owner if it doesn’t work out or you outgrow him.
Cons The owner could ask for the pony back, and they may set rules about how you care for him, or what you can do with him.
What is it? You ride and care for someone’s pony for part of the week, and they look after him the rest of the time. Shares can be for one day a week or even three or four, depending on what you agree with the owner.
Pros Sharing is the perfect stepping stone to pony ownership because it’ll give you an idea of what’s involved. It’s also a brilliant way of increasing your pony time without taking on too many extra responsibilities or costs.
Cons The pony doesn’t belong to you, so you can’t make any changes to his routine or the way he’s cared for, and he’ll have to stay at his current yard. You’ll also be limited in the amount of time you can spend with him.
Grab a copy of March PONY,on sale 16 January, to find out all about your options for taking the next step to having your own pony.