(Closed) Loaning a pony..

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you’re the borrower, he will at least need food and if you’re keeping him overnight then he will need field board or stall board at a stable somewhere. If you’re keeping him longer, shoes and regular vet visits, and possibly a trainer. It can get quite expensive very quickly, especially the board.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Yeah, it is expensive – even on part loan you are usually responsible for half the bills. It depends a lot of the type of horse/pony you want to loan, clearly a cob type kept at grass will be cheaper than a horse that needs to be stables a good deal of the time feed wise, but bill wise, you can never be sure how much it might cost.

I love horses, but man are they expensive! That being said, so worth it (most of the time… :P)

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Been there done that.

(Well actually opted not to do that)

Here it is called Leasing, and can be UBER EXPENSIVE.

Typically you have a full lease or a half-lease with the owner so that you can show the pony / horse.

You are responsible for a lot of things… usually that includes some if not ALL of the following… Boarding, Food, Shoes, Vet Bills, PLUS all your Show Costs, Trailering, and Tack.

In return you can ride the horse on a more extensive schedule and have the horse for any shows you wish to enter.

If your child is just starting out with horseback riding, I suggest that you find a Barn that offers lessons, Pony Club etc, and see what other options they have available.

Leasing is something that most folks undertake after years of riding, and wanting to move up in their experiences (more shows)

BUT find that they don’t get enough access to a horse / pony thru the Lesson & Pony Club System for shows (ie no guarantees of getting the same animal all the time)

Leasing insures that.

Leasing is also cheaper than owning a horse.  But still expensive.

Lol, as they say Horses (and Yachts) are the Sports of Kings… you gotta have pretty deep pockets if you like them as they’ll suck you dry… with no guarantees.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@This Time Round:  Pony club is always a good idea! The stables my boys are in run a great pony club center and it is a really great start for getting kids introduced to the fun and the responsibility of horses!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

ages ago my family had what we called ‘a sharer’ (dunno if that was a term from our stables, uk or what)

it means that they exercised the horse occasionally (in the school or hacking out) and groomed them, maybe a couple of times a week?…but not responsible for vet bills, lodging etc.

,aybe you could find somethign like that?

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