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ABroussard
Reg. Jun 2011
Posted 2019-04-12 5:00 PM (#7426927)
Subject: Parents- Your thoughts on barrel/pole ponies!



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I know finding the perfect pony is like finding a needle in a haystack. Now, is this because there aren’t many out there.. because the ones that are out there aren’t that nice.. or what?! Ponies are huge in the hunter/jumper world. Would you, as parents, be interested in a market for well trained barrel/pole ponies? I can’t be the only one who is always looking for a small unicorn!

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Southtxponygirl
Reg. Nov 2006
Posted 2019-04-12 5:15 PM (#7426928 - in reply to #7426927)
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I think geronabean trains smaller horses for barrels and poles, maybe she will see this and come on here and give you her thoughts on ponies that run..

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bbennington
Reg. Nov 2009
Posted 2019-04-12 9:38 PM (#7426934 - in reply to #7426927)
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I had a very nice barrel pony back when I was young. I would out run my sister on her horse every time. Even now that we are older I still harass her saying at less I didn’t get beat by a pony.  There wasn’t many back then and I see fewer now days. However I do see a lot of small horses (13-14 hands).

I would definitely buy one for my kiddos if I found one like I had.

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kdb2qq
Reg. Aug 2011
Posted 2019-04-13 6:00 AM (#7426944 - in reply to #7426927)
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There’s definitely a market in my area.  I think the biggest reason you don’t see many is because the really good ones rarely ever hit the market, there are usually already a couple people in line to buy them before the current rider ever grows out of them.

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MOGirl07
Reg. Feb 2012
Posted 2019-04-13 3:52 PM (#7426959 - in reply to #7426927)
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I'd love to be able to find one for my little girl in a year or two. But I'd only buy a pony if it were big enough for me to get on and correct/work with if need be. I'm not a big person, I just wouldn't feel comfortable swinging a leg over anything too small. 

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veintiocho
Reg. Sep 2015
Posted 2019-04-14 9:01 AM (#7426980 - in reply to #7426927)
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There is definitely a market for them! I love my ponies! One of the problems I’ve run into is parents/grandparents thinking any pony will fit with any kid. So many times I have had someone show up to try out a pony with out bringing the child, wanting it to be a surprise for them. No, bring the kid, we don’t want any surprises!!

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hotpaints
Reg. Feb 2007
Posted 2019-04-14 1:17 PM (#7426985 - in reply to #7426927)
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The problem with raising and training ponies is the enormous amount of work that has to go into them before a child can ride them. A small adult or experienced small teenager must put the training/riding into them. Then just like horses, some ponies will be suitable for small beginners and some will not, so then what are you going to do with a pony that needs to ridden by an experienced rider until they are in their teens??

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della
Reg. Apr 2011
Posted 2019-04-14 4:01 PM (#7426990 - in reply to #7426927)
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We have one pony and hes fine but only one and 3 kids that have thier own horses. 

I much pefer a horse for them but I got swindled into buying the pony lol so we are stuck with the little dork for life because my middle daughter loves him despite all his crap. 

Theres always a marked for a GOOD pony but most moms I know also ranch and pefer something that can keep up at a walk when out on the ranch. The pony is always behind or having to jog way more. Just my personal opinion. 

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veintiocho
Reg. Sep 2015
Posted 2019-04-14 4:54 PM (#7426993 - in reply to #7426990)
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In the words of Dale Brisby, they are 1/2 day horses lol

So far the only pony I’ve had who would not be able to keep up on long rides is my sons mini who I can step over, but she’s perfect for him right now :

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tracies
Reg. Jan 2010
Posted 2019-04-16 1:42 PM (#7427126 - in reply to #7426927)
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I love GOOD ponies and small horses, but the ONE THING that keeps me from ever wanting another pony is their tendency towards laminitis. 

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Nateracer
Reg. Feb 2008
Posted 2019-04-16 1:50 PM (#7427127 - in reply to #7426927)
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I grew up on a POA pony.  I still LOVE POAs and would put them up against the world.  

My pony only missed her ROM because she was 52.5 inches tall and had to compete against the bigger mares in halter.  Otherwise, she could and would do it all.  Showmanship, english, jumping, pulled a cart, and every game class inbetween.  Beat many a horse in barrels and poles.  We had a slug of POAs around here that would do it all and beat the horses.  The local horse people hated us! We loved it. 

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JAG18
Reg. Jul 2008
Posted 2019-04-17 11:35 AM (#7427168 - in reply to #7426927)
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If you can find a good pony, they are great for smaller kids.  What I see though is too many parents that won't look at a really solid, older horse for their kids because they want the perfect 13 hand, 8 year old horse.  Those older horses, even though they are taller will take care of your kid, teach tehm to actually ride  and help to give them confidence.

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Mighty Broke
Reg. Jul 2004
Posted 2019-04-17 11:39 AM (#7427169 - in reply to #7426927)
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GOLD----the truly good ones are like GOLD.

We went through quite a few then finally "ponied" up and spent some good money on a nice one that some peoples kids had grown out of. She was THE BOMB and we paid more than I ever thought we'd spend on a pony. BEST investment ever---she built our kids confidence and taught them a ton. Then when our boys grew out of her we had a waiting list of people that wanted her and got exactly what we had given for her 6 years later.

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Chandler's Mom
Reg. Jan 2015
Posted 2019-04-17 3:08 PM (#7427180 - in reply to #7427169)
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He's half quarter and half pony--he will run barrels, do poles, tote you up mountains on trail rides, was a therapy horse for kids at a riding center,  and now he's done a Civil War remembrance complete with costumes and cannons. Brownie is worth way more to us than we paid, and he has a home for life.

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JLazyT_perf_horses
Reg. Dec 2010
Posted 2019-04-17 3:20 PM (#7427181 - in reply to #7426927)
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There's always people looking for those unicorn ponies. And like said above, usually they're already spoken for and don't need to be put on the market. And those good ponies, the unicorns, will cost you $5,000 or more. A good small horse that is kid suitable that can go run a pattern will cost even more than that. They aren't cheap invesments but there's always someone waiting in the shadows to call dibs on them when you're done. I've known a lot of people who keep them because they know they're having more kids or have babies that will need that pony in a couple years. So they just keep them for the next one. I knew one woman in Colorado who had a pony that had been her pony when she was younger and her toddler was now doing leadline barrels on that same old pony.  The really really good ones are somewhat few & far between, there's a lot of good ponies, a lot of decent ponies, and a lot of junk. It just depends on how good of a pony you want & what you're willing to pay 

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Chandler's Mom
Reg. Jan 2015
Posted 2019-04-17 3:41 PM (#7427183 - in reply to #7427181)
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JLazyT_perf_horses - 2019-04-17 3:20 PM


There's always people looking for those unicorn ponies. And like said above, usually they're already spoken for and don't need to be put on the market. And those good ponies, the unicorns, will cost you $5,000 or more. A good small horse that is kid suitable that can go run a pattern will cost even more than that. They aren't cheap invesments but there's always someone waiting in the shadows to call dibs on them when you're done. I've known a lot of people who keep them because they know they're having more kids or have babies that will need that pony in a couple years. So they just keep them for the next one. I knew one woman in Colorado who had a pony that had been her pony when she was younger and her toddler was now doing leadline barrels on that same old pony.  The really really good ones are somewhat few & far between, there's a lot of good ponies, a lot of decent ponies, and a lot of junk. It just depends on how good of a pony you want & what you're willing to pay 


I told the person we got him from that I wanted B if she ever sold him, and when her daughter didnt get the horse bug, she texted me the second she decided to sell. . . Her "trainer" wanted him very badly, but she honored the fact I'd asked first a couple of years earlier .  (He is basically a horse trader, and she could have gotten way more from him than what she asked me to pay.  So I'm beholden to her!)

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CrossCreek
Reg. Mar 2007
Posted 2019-04-17 10:36 PM (#7427195 - in reply to #7426944)
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kdb2qq - 2019-04-13 6:00 AM


There’s definitely a market in my area.  I think the biggest reason you don’t see many is because the really good ones rarely ever hit the market, there are usually already a couple people in line to buy them before the current rider ever grows out of them.


this is exactly correct....the good ones rarely hit the market, friends are standing in line, waiting.

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