Frequently Asked Questions About Buying a Child's First Pony

What You Need to Know Before You Buy a Child's Pony

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A good child's pony can be hard to find!. David Handley/Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images

 

Mommy/Daddy I want a pony! If you've heard that statement, and owning a pony is a possibility you will want to do some careful research. Buying a child's first pony is a large expense and a 365 day a year responsibility.

If you're prepared to take on the responsibility, you'll want to buy the safest pony you can. No doubt you're getting some pressure to buy a pony now! But take your time and get all the answers to your questions before you buy your child's first pony.

This is not a decision you want to rush. Here is what you need to consider when buying a first pony.

When Should I Buy a Pony for My Child?

Is your child old enough for a pony? Is your child physically ready to care for and ride a pony? There’s little doubt your child will not be 100% responsible for looking after his or her pony. Most of that burden will fall to you, even if the pony is boarded. Is your child mature enough for the responsibility of pitching in to care for a pony and take riding lessons? These are just a few of the questions you will need to answer when deciding if it's a good time to buy a pony. 

Are there good reasons not to buy a child's pony?

So what are the reasons not to buy a pony?  You and your child might really want a pony. But, there are some really good reasons not to buy a pony. Here’s a look at why buying a pony may not be the best move for either you or your child.

I can't buy a pony--what are the alternatives?

If you can’t buy a pony, there are still lots of ways your child (and you) can enjoy working with and riding or driving ponies. Here is a look at the alternatives to full ownership.

What are the qualities and characteristics of good child's pony?

If you’ve decided to go ahead and buy your little one a pony, you’ll want to be sure it’s the right one for your child’s, ambitions, size and abilities.

Here’s what to look for before you go shopping.

Where should I look for a pony for my child?

There are no pony shopping plazas and you won’t find ponies at the mall. Here’s where to start your search for the perfect child’s pony.

What will a pony cost?

Cost is probably going to be your biggest hurdle. A diminutive size doesn’t guarantee an equally diminutive price. In fact, good ponies can be pricey. Here’s what you can expect to pay for a first pony.

 

What should I do when I think I've found the right pony?

Of course, your child, and perhaps you or other family members will want to get a pony right now. And, you might worry that if you don’t act quickly you might miss out on a great deal. But, as the old adage goes, haste makes waste, and you don’t want to jump into a purchase that might not be the right thing. Take a deep breath and read what you should do before trading your money for a pony.