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  • What to do with DD's pony...

    This is not an ad..more like a lament.. I bought a pony for DD and i love the pony....she's safe, quiet, etc. Unfortunately, she's too big for DD right now and DD won't ride her (discouraged b/c she has a hard time steering etc.) DD is great on the barn's small pony.. I don't want to pay board on DD's pony any more b/c no one is riding her.

    I wish there was a local person who was interested in free leasing a pony. I don't have a barn at home and really can no longer justify paying $600/mo for the pony to hang out. That being said, i LOVE this pony and think that when DD is bigger she will be able to ride her. I think I am just afraid to lease her out to someone I don't know.

    Can anyone help calm my leasing fears? I want to do right by this pony b/c she is so safe and has been great for DD to work around and get some confidence back after a rocky last year.

  • #2
    obviously the solution is to lease her to me

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      #3
      TAKE HER! PLEASE!!! WAIT...I mean..i'll deliver her!

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      • #4
        Leasing sounds like a great choice here. Some other little girl will shower this pony with affection while DD gets her confidence back on something a little more approachable, size wise.

        My question though, is why did you buy a pony a your daughter won't ride? I'm really not trying to come across as snarky, simple curious.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by myalter1 View Post
          I bought a pony for DD and i love the pony....she's safe, quiet, etc. Unfortunately, she's too big for DD right now and DD won't ride her (discouraged b/c she has a hard time steering etc.) DD is great on the barn's small pony.. I don't want to pay board on DD's pony any more b/c no one is riding her.

          I wish there was a local person who was interested in free leasing a pony. I don't have a barn at home and really can no longer justify paying $600/mo for the pony to hang out. That being said, i LOVE this pony and think that when DD is bigger she will be able to ride her. I think I am just afraid to lease her out to someone I don't know.
          "Safest" place to lease the pony is to someone in your barn that will lesson with your trainer - write this into the lease contract.
          This way you know exactly how the pony is going undersaddle & that she is sound etc.

          Personally I'd just sell the pony.
          Remembering issues your DD has had with this pony, the pony really needs to go into a training lease so that it will be a suitable mount for DD in the future; if this is unlikely, then go with a straight out sale to a great home.

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          • Original Poster

            #6
            i wouldn't mind selling her. It's just that i really want her to go to a good home.. i want to do right by this pony... we are a really small barn and there's no one to lease her to within the barn...

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            • #7
              My DD has long outgrown hers but alas I love that pony. I doubled the price so she won't sell Yes that is the truth. But we have our own place so it doesn't much matter. If I was paying board I guess I would have to sell as much as it would break my heart. Good luck.

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              • #8
                You could have the pony trained to drive. :-)

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                • Original Poster

                  #9
                  rel..pony was a good deal. it was literally a 50/50 chance that DD had enough strength to ride the pony. the pony was such a good deal i couldn't pass it up...

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                  • #10
                    Purchasing a large pony for a child that is appropriate for a small is never a good idea. I have always tried to tell clients that:
                    a) it is like buying size 12 shoes for a child that wears an 8
                    b) Showing in the large pony division puts your little child in competition with 18 year olds. Not wise.
                    Hope it works out well, but those thinking of doing the same thing, please pay attention.
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                    • #11
                      The pony doesn't necessarily need to be leased by someone who is already boarding at your barn. You could place a local ad and specify that the pony would have to stay in the current barn with lessee assuming all related pony-keeping costs.

                      That's what I'd do, anyway.

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                        #12
                        Chunky munky...old trainer recommended the pony. I didn't go off half cocked. We're not talking a large pony showing in the pony division. We're talking a 13.0 hand pony SS pony who is TOO quiet. DD can canter her around with no hands. The pony is safe and was the type of pony that DD needed coming off of 2 naughty ponies last year. She just doesn't like you to touch her mouth and DD's legs are too short to steer from more from the leg.

                        Perhaps I should have been more specific to avoid assumptions.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by chunky munky View Post
                          Purchasing a large pony for a child that is appropriate for a small is never a good idea. I have always tried to tell clients that:
                          a) it is like buying size 12 shoes for a child that wears an 8
                          b) Showing in the large pony division puts your little child in competition with 18 year olds. Not wise.
                          Hope it works out well, but those thinking of doing the same thing, please pay attention.
                          It's a small medium pony we're talking about here, not a large. And in fact OP came on here when her DD could no longer safely ride the very bratty small they had at the time and we all advised her to go for a bigger pony, less "small pony attitude" so OP is between a rock and a hard place.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by myalter1 View Post
                            Chunky munky...old trainer recommended the pony. I didn't go off half cocked. We're not talking a large pony showing in the pony division. We're talking a 13.0 hand pony SS pony who is TOO quiet. DD can canter her around with no hands. The pony is safe and was the type of pony that DD needed coming off of 2 naughty ponies last year. She just doesn't like you to touch her mouth and DD's legs are too short to steer from more from the leg.

                            Perhaps I should have been more specific to avoid assumptions.
                            LOL we posted at the same time

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                              #15
                              thanks pal...

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                              • #16
                                While I agree with the poster that stated it's not a good idea to purchase a pony DD is to little to ride, but you could be in our position in having a pony that is too small to ride for anyone aside from lead line walks.

                                Honest, we are unsure if thing is really even "broke", knows how to steer etc. And, we dont have anyone under 50lbs that could get on it to see.

                                I gave walk on him yesterday to the biggest girl that has sat on him yet ( she is 7 and 30lbs, teeny tiny little thing) but she has more leg and balance than anyone that has sat on him yet...

                                I told her that if he starts acting like a twit the ride was over,she got this very puzzled look, looked at the pony and said "Well,whats a twit? and how do I know when he is acting like one?" hahah needless to say he did great !!

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                                • #17
                                  Call old trainer who recommended the pony and work with her to lease or sell.

                                  Hate to say this but the little ones rarely grow out of hating a pony. They associate all their fear and doubt with them...and I remember your DD having a tough time with the last ones. JMHO but a sale would be best. Start over next year...or when DD actually asks for a new one- that means she is ready for one. Don't rush it, let her ride the small.
                                  When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

                                  The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.

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                                  • Original Poster

                                    #18
                                    Oh findeight... i am NOT buying her or leasing her anything else!!!!

                                    She actually has a small in the barn that she lessons on and loves to ride.. there you go..she can ride that one.

                                    I absolutely agree that they don't grow out of hating them. And she does love this pony...on the ground. The pony's great with bigger kids... Just DD is too teeny.

                                    Yes, we had issues last year with the naughty sassy smalls... went bigger and well.. other problems. At least she is safe on this one. I literally had to yell at her to keep her hands on the reins when cantering b/c it was fun for her to drop the reins and put her hands on her head. In so doing, she had to use a lot of leg and the pony kept going around the rail. It's just not the right one. And i knew this could be the problem. But she wasn't afraid of her, so i took the chance. Old trainer retired so she won't help me out. (Long story)... New trainer actually has a few leads too, so maybe this won't be such a big deal...

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                                    • #19
                                      I've come to the conclusion that it takes a village to raise a child and pony. Small children (and mind you I love mine) are schizophrenic and irrational and often unable to articulate their needs and fears. They benefit from a variety of ponies. Ponies, on the other hand, need to be in regular work, and benefit from a variety of riders. Sometimes there isn't a village around and so having one pony is what it needs to be, but it's just not easy, as OP has experienced.

                                      OP, you could try advertising her for sale or lease and see what happens. I would also speak to the recommending trainer. If you can find someone who will come and lease in your barn, or perhaps in a barn that your trainer is very comfortable with, you might have a solution. But I think it would be wise to be open to selling her too, if that ends up feeling right.
                                      If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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                                      • #20
                                        Can you do limited 'for-lease' advertising? Send targeted emails to trainers and pony moms who you (and/or your trainer) trust -- someone has a student who needs this pony!! And once you find a good fit, mention that pony just *might* be for sale.
                                        ...somewhere between the talent and the potato....

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