There are so many horse mad children who long for a pony but lots of them are going to grow out of the desire to have their own pony so it’s better to wait until your child has been involved with horses for some time before considering buying a horse or pony.
Owning a horse or pony is a huge commitment both financially and time wise. The horse will require caring for 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year and that will take several hours a day leaving little time for your child to pursue other hobbies.
As a parent you will need to consider if you have the time (and money) for horse ownership, often you’ll be required to provide lifts to the place the horse is kept, can you do this 7 days a week? Do you have the knowledge to be able to help out or indeed take over the care of the horse if your child is ill or too busy due to exams?
Horse ownership also means that the rest of the family will have to accept compromise due to both the financial and time commitment, are they prepared to do this or will it cause argument and resentment?
You should only buy your child a horse or pony when they have demonstrated that they have the necessary skills for horse ownership and full commitment to the responsiblities of horse ownership and when you, and your family, fully understand the financial, time and energy commitment required.
There are ways other than horse ownership for your child to be involved with horses. Obviously one should start with riding lessons and learning as much as possible about the care of horses by taking horse care courses. Some riding schools have special “own a pony” days / weeks where children can experience looking after an equine.
As your child becomes more and more committed to horses you could consider sharing a horse or pony that way the time and financial obligations are shared with someone else and you’ll get a better idea of whether or not you, your child and family are ready for full time horse ownership.
You can find out more about the implications of horse ownership, the real costs and the skills required before buying your first horse or pony by visiting All you need to know about horse ownership