Re: New and utterly clueless!! Lots of help needed I'm afraid
Hi, rather than rush into buying, I'd try and consider a loan first. As your daughter is only 13 and is likely to grow a lot taller and heavier, may well find she may outgrow a pony sooner than what you think. Are there any ponies, ie 14.2hh ones that might be available localish to you. Because you would need to think about transporting the pony home. Is your daughter currently having riding lessons, if so, perhaps her instructor may well be more than happy to accompany yourselves with regard to any suitable purchase or loan, it is not wise to go on your own, you will need someone experienced to testride the pony after the owner has 'showed' if off for you and put it through it paces. Bear in mind that some ponies could have been worked prior to the viewing on that day and also could well have been sedated. When you are looking at an advert question as to what they have left out, it could also help having a detailed conversation over the telephone prior to any visit, could save a wasted journey. Ponies can be notoriously difficult to keep weight off, ie they do put weight on very easily so may well need restricted grazing in the summer months, if they are obese, can lead to lot of foot, hoof/health problems. It would also be advisable firstly to keep your pony at a livery yard where there are knowledgeable people/instruction on hand and also to join the local pony club. if you keep the pony on DIY it will be a lot cheaper but you will need to arrange for feed deliveries, vaccinations, shoeing, turning out/bringing in, changing rugs etc. My costs and I've had both, DIY, full and part DIY are:
DIY, £20 per week for grazing and stable; hay £4 a bale; shavings bale (for bedding) £9; sack of feed £12; shoeing, only fronts £35; vaccinations and teeth rasping/check up £95
Full livery - where they do everything for you - £110 per week, you only turn up and ride
Part DIY - 5 days full livery and 2 days Sat/Sun DIY - £95 per week. All hay, feed and shavings is supplied.
Kus posted etc. It may well be that once your daughter has her own, both of you will then get bitten by the bug, start riding and then buy two more horses! Hope this has helped and good luck with the search.