Would you buy an older pony?

Antw23uk

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My first pony after riding school was in his twenties when i got him and that was a loan. There was no way his owners would sell him so as you outgrew him, he went to a new kid. He was awesome and taught me, and many others a great deal whilst being safe (not sane half the time) and sound. Go view and definitely don't discount on age. Sounds like this could be the making of your daughter, I know Sinbad was for me :)
 

Winters100

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Interestingly my physio came to mine today, and she made the comment that old lady pony has (touch wood) been the most reliable of the 3 in terms of health and soundness. In 3 years the only time off she has had is for a tooth removal, and for a minor hoof infection, and she works 9 out of every 10 days. I can say that I am careful with her, and I 'listen' carefully to how she is feeling, but most days she is just full of beans and eager. I hope that you will have the same experience OP!
 
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Wanted to give another update to say thanks again for all of the advice, we’ve had our pony for over 2 months now and he’s an absolute gem and I don’t think he realises he’s 20!! 😂 Everyone who meets him loves him and my daughter is having so much fun with him. I don’t think I’d have viewed him without the advice of the forum. Hoping for many happy years with him (and he can be my pet when he’s retired)
 

Gloi

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Wanted to give another update to say thanks again for all of the advice, we’ve had our pony for over 2 months now and he’s an absolute gem and I don’t think he realises he’s 20!! 😂 Everyone who meets him loves him and my daughter is having so much fun with him. I don’t think I’d have viewed him without the advice of the forum. Hoping for many happy years with him (and he can be my pet when he’s retired)
Very glad he's doing well for you. My last pony was fit and well through his twenties. Do do an annual Cushing's test on him at that age and make sure his teeth are well cared for by a good dental specialist.
 

Winters100

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Wanted to give another update to say thanks again for all of the advice, we’ve had our pony for over 2 months now and he’s an absolute gem and I don’t think he realises he’s 20!! 😂 Everyone who meets him loves him and my daughter is having so much fun with him. I don’t think I’d have viewed him without the advice of the forum. Hoping for many happy years with him (and he can be my pet when he’s retired)
Great news, and glad that you are getting on well. I have a feeling that, in years to come, you will look back at this decision as one of the best you have made.
 

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A 20 year old pony is a different beast entirely from a 20 year old horse.

With that said.... My first horse was 20 when I bought her, and now several years and horses later I've sold my 5 year old and bought a... Yep you've guessed it- a 20 year old schoolmaster 😅 He was about to be retired from my local riding school and you simply don't just walk by an off spring by the famous Cardento, do you? 🙈
 
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