You may be super-keen to get a pony of your very own, but sharing might work out to be a better option. It’s the perfect way to enjoy more pony time, but without the extra costs or commitment of owning. Here’s what you need to know…
What is sharing?
Sharing’s when you get to ride, and maybe help care for, a pony a few days each week. He’s owned by someone else, and they’ll ride and look after him on the other days.
Is it right for me?
A share’s perfect if you’ve been having lessons for a while and have a good basic knowledge of pony care, but you’re not quite ready to own one yet. You can still build a bond with a pony, but you’re not responsible for his care all the time, and you won’t have to pay his livery or vet bills. It can be the ideal stepping stone to full-time owning or loaning.
Did you know?
Sharing can also be an option if you’re a pony owner, but need help exercising and caring for him and covering his costs.
What’s the deal?
All shares work slightly differently, and it’ll depend on what the pony’s owner has in mind. You’ll probably be expected to pay a small amount towards his costs, which could be an amount per ride or per week, and maybe a contribution towards his farriery bills, too. On the days you ride you’ll look after the pony like he’s your own.
Sometimes, though, a pony’s owner may just want help with yard chores or exercising the pony and may not expect you to pay for riding.
Find out more about sharing a pony in October PONY, on sale 26 August 2020.