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Where to find a sane, kid proof pony????

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  • Where to find a sane, kid proof pony????

    This is a cross post from off course, but ironically, I am looking for the exact same thing.

    Originally posted by DiablosHalo View Post
    UGH! I need help! Where do I find a 15yo dead quiet toddler safe pony?!?! (I know- the entire world wants one for $100). I've looked at all the online ads, area papers, area farms, etc. Seems like no one wants to sell if they even have one! I've found one or two for lease, but there is no way I can give the pony back after having it 5 years- dd would be devastated.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

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    What kind of pony for a toddler? One to do leadline and work into w/t? Or to start off at w/t & go into crossrails? Show winner or just a good teacher that can show (but maybe not pin)? What exactly? If you just need a xrails pony, there should be some older smalls you can get reasonably priced. If you need a babysitter for leadline, why not go the mini route and upgrade later?

    I just bought a 10.2 hh pony last week for my 3.5 DD. I can tell you that a pony for leadline through xrails for that young a kid isn't easy to find, especially since I didn't want to pay out an arm and leg. Fortunately the pony I purchased had the opposite problem as your situation: the owner wanted to sell, and all her prospects just wanted to lease. I won out b/c I was willing to buy.

    My suggestion is twofold:

    1) Always keep an eye on the market and be prepared to move when you find one. I've been watching the market since DD was 2 looking for the right one, and I willingly expanded my search to surrounding states since there weren't many options in mine. I also wasn't going to try to negotiate price (unless something MAJOR turned up in my basic PPE) b/c a true gem like this is hard to find...either I could afford it or not.

    2)Ask your vet, farrier, chiro, etc. if they know of anyone with what you want. My vet flat out told me to "snatch up" our new pony, b/c if I needed to sell him for any reason, he had 5 trainers on the look out for just that type of pony for their kids/grandkids.

    With the market starting to improve, the demand for toddler ponies is going to increase as new kids get into the sport. I think I just lucked out and the timing was right. Be patient and the right one will come along!!

    Good luck!
    www.englishivyfarms.com
    Hunters, Jumpers, & Welsh Ponies
    All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day. ~Author Unknown

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      Emily Elek, www.stonewallponies.com
      Can you stress-fracture your brain?

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        Something she can learn to groom on, learn to pick out feet, something just her size. Something she can do W/T. Doesn't need to do anything more. Nothing fancy, no show winner. She isn't even doing anything but pony rides on my mom's 15.2 trail horse with me walking next to her, so I she won't be jumping any time soon

        I am looking for something for life. Eventually, my mom is going to retire her oldie and he will need a companion. This pony will also be for that too. I have two horses currently, and both are over 16.2, which is WAY to big for my little one to even attempt to groom without me holding her!!!!

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        • #5
          I sent you an email

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          • #6
            Pony

            I sent you an email.
            Sandy
            www.sugarbrook.com
            hunter/jumper ponies

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            • #7
              We always have a bunch of those around....I always seem to have a friends that need that first pony.
              Some days you are the pigeon and some days you are the statue

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              • #8
                THose kind are HARD TO FIND and when I have them they sell quickly! I have a very nice pony right now that is sane and great ground manners, she might be just a little too forward for a total beginner/tiny child, but a nice pony for a kid with 6 months or so under their belt
                www.shawneeacres.net

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                • #9
                  I wish I knew!! We got a lovely large pony who was billed as a great beginner's pony but is definitely too much for the timid 7yo we got her for, at least to ride alone, or off a lunge, etc. I would looove to find something dead broke and quiet for her to learn on. Any ideas are welcome, esp places that might do trades?
                  Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. - William Jennings Bryan

                  http://www.halcyon-hill.com

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                  • #10
                    LOL....after teaching/training for a while and always being on the hunt for that pony, I'm already searching for a pony for my currently 9 month old. I think to start with, we're going with something in the 14H range that's stocky enough for DH to trail ride on the one weekend or so a month that he's interested. Since he needs the same energy and saneness level a toddler would need anyway.
                    Equestrian Photography

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                    • #11
                      OP must not be searching too hard. I never even got an email back for info.. Hmmmm.......and you all, that know me, know I would never say I had something I didnt have.
                      Sandy
                      www.sugarbrook.com
                      hunter/jumper ponies

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                      • #12
                        I'm curious about the market for a certain type of pony. I've run across 2 darling ponies - one small and another medium - both of which have been trail ridden extensively and even used at pony parties. Very kid proof but no formal education as far as leads, etc., that is, not a "show horse" education so to speak. Do ponies like these have a market?

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                          I'm the one OP quoted and now have another question! I have finally found what seems like the perfect pony - except... I've had time to think since my original post and friends have influenced me. Advice needed...

                          Situation- dd has an adorable 2yo Shetland paint gelding. Onery and not broke. We do ground work with him but he's no where near being safe for dd to be around. I found someone to send him to this winter to break to and get some miles on him towards bombproofing (notice I say towards.. and know he'll not be bombproof in only 6m).

                          I found another adorable Shetland pony that looks almost just like him that is 6/7yo and doing shows, stands for anything, etc. Price is reasonable and he's within driving range to go look at.

                          Problem now- Friend has now discussed option of finding a 13h-ish pony (she's thinking haflinger bc that is what her 10yo kids have but I am not leaning twds them!) that is a BTDT pony and dd can do leadline on now- but also can take her all the way to her first little event or local hunter shows.

                          Which would you lean towards? I'm thinking no sense owning two 10h ponies for life and they can only be ridden for the next few years? Oh- now would be a good time to mention dd is 22m old. (yes 22m- she is taking lessons on friends mini, our mini donks, and doing great lead line stuff!).

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                            Originally posted by DiablosHalo View Post
                            I'm the one OP quoted and now have another question! I have finally found what seems like the perfect pony - except... I've had time to think since my original post and friends have influenced me. Advice needed...

                            Situation- dd has an adorable 2yo Shetland paint gelding. Onery and not broke. We do ground work with him but he's no where near being safe for dd to be around. I found someone to send him to this winter to break to and get some miles on him towards bombproofing (notice I say towards.. and know he'll not be bombproof in only 6m).

                            I found another adorable Shetland pony that looks almost just like him that is 6/7yo and doing shows, stands for anything, etc. Price is reasonable and he's within driving range to go look at.

                            Problem now- Friend has now discussed option of finding a 13h-ish pony (she's thinking haflinger bc that is what her 10yo kids have but I am not leaning twds them!) that is a BTDT pony and dd can do leadline on now- but also can take her all the way to her first little event or local hunter shows.

                            Which would you lean towards? I'm thinking no sense owning two 10h ponies for life and they can only be ridden for the next few years? Oh- now would be a good time to mention dd is 22m old. (yes 22m- she is taking lessons on friends mini, our mini donks, and doing great lead line stuff!).
                            My daughter is 22 months old also (and a new one on the way!) and I just got her a rescue from New Holland that is 14 hands. He is totally green, but I figure by the time she can actually be doing everything herself, he will be perfect for her. I will have plenty of time to put training into him for him to get ready for the kids. I say go for the bigger one. Before you know it, she will outgrow the mini and then you will--like you said--be stuck with two small ponies

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by sar2008 View Post
                              Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!
                              Consider getting/getting to a local or state or regional horse directory, magazine or website and calling up the pony breeders in there. Many are cutting back on their herds and some may have older broodmares who were such saints in their previous careers.

                              [Not referring to myself. I do, I think, know of at least two breeders whom one might categorize that way.]

                              Ooops! Silly me. I didn't realize the thread was older, making my post a bit irrelevant now. Sorry!
                              Sportponies Unlimited
                              Athletic Thoroughbred crosses for the highly motivated, smaller rider.

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                              • #16
                                AH! Congratulations!!! I am due with number 2 in December! Great minds must think alike!

                                I think the large pony is a great idea. My friend has the 10ish hand mini (in profile pic) she can ride right now. She also has an 11h pony we can ride. Both ponies have already done 2-4yrs of local leadline and costume classes so I think we'll just keep paying to ride them. I (of course) wanted it to be in the backyard. But she has enough here to keep her occupied!

                                Another friend of mine is trying to give us a beautiful blue roan mustang filly. About 13h. She's only 3 or 4 and again- unbroke but so sweet and in need of groceries and a good home (friends boss has her now). I haven't taken her- but like you said- by the time our dds get old enough to ride for real- we can have this one off and running as well. Hmmm...

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                                • #17
                                  Is it weird that the ONLY time I feel maternal at all is when looking at ponies?
                                  COTH's official mini-donk enabler

                                  "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl

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                                  • #18
                                    TheJenners-ponies can do that to you!!

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                                    • #19
                                      I know a great small pony-great with kids and is absolutely ADORABLE. The only problem is, he has not been ridden all winter. With a bit of training he could be an absolute STAR w/t or w/t/c or even short stirrup-small ponies! He is a bit feisty, but that is just from the lack of riding. He loves being loved, brushed, petted, babied etc. VERY reasonable price!

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                                      • #20
                                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxB43sXb10A

                                        I saw this on the other day on youtube. I know nothing about it, but it's adorable.

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