Buying a Pony

When buying a pony you need to take an experienced person along with you.

 The prettiest pony is not always the right horse to buy.

Ask the seller why he is selling the horse.

Honest people will go into detail, although be aware not everyone will give you an honest answer.


There are Dodgy dealers out there, so you need to ask lots of questions, to get the bigger picture.

Some people buy horses and ponies to make quick money; but instead of being honest, they pretend they have had the horse for several months, when in fact they know very little about the animal.

You’ll always find with these types of people, they are not recorded as the owner in the passport, and of course, they will have an excuse already made up, should you spot this.


I would be very weary of someone who could not answer your questions completely.

If you think something is not right, then take my advice and walk away.

There are plenty of other horses to choose from.

Depending on what your needs are, you should view the horse either in his field or stable first.

Inspect the horse before he is saddled up and ask for the horse to be walked and trotted on hard level ground to assess conformation and soundness.

If you are experienced, tack the horse up yourself or get the other person with you to tack up.

The horse should be ridden if appropriate and jumped if he is a jumper, hunter or eventer while you observe the horse’s way of going.

You or the other person with you should ride the horse next, and put it through it's paces.

A child’s riding pony should be ridden first by a small adult before deciding if it suitable for a child to ride.

For this reason, it is always wise to leave your child at home on the first visit.

Children will easily fall in love with a pony especially if it's a cheeky one, they'll nag you and you'll end up buying it for the wrong reason.

Buying a pony

Make sure the horse or pony is happy to walk away from the stable area.
A napping horse can be frustrating and difficult to ride.

Ask around if anyone knows horse, and if it is suitable for your riding ability.

It’s always a good idea to get someone else’s opinion. If they know the horse, they have no reason to lie.

If you intent buying a riding or pony club pony, then go along to the local club and ask around.

Someone should be able to give you more information.


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