Section B Welsh Ponies & Welsh Cobs Section C & D
Tony & Becky Hering, 65830 McDermott Rd, Deer Island Ore 97054
Helpful Info on buying your first Pony
1) Expect to pay a reasonable amount, well trained ponies aren't any cheaper for training costs than any other breed including large horse breeds. The $500 pony that does every thing may well exist but I hope I find it before you do, that's not to say that deals can't be found but they are usually by experienced horse people who know what they are looking at or personally know the pony.
2)Be reasonable about what your child is capable of, if you have a trainer "LISTEN" to them they can be the judge of what your child needs, otherwise you are just wasting your money, in some instances green ponies can work with green kids if both are supervised by a trainer or a knowledgeable parent or horseperson who know what they are doing or if your willing to spend the money on some finish training for a suitable prospect it can be well worth the investment, a very well trained pony is always the first choice for a beginner, ponies are very much like children they need consistency and discipline and they need to be supervised.
3)There is no such thing as a bombproof pony, Horses are dangerous; more horse injuries occur every year than in any other sport, kids need to be taught to ride safely and "RULES" for safety kids need to be supervised while riding until they can make the correct choices. I strongly advise Pony Club, 4-H or any other youth organization I've helped with both been a 4-H leader and a Pony Club DC for several years both are great organizations.
4)Remember not every seller is ethical, there are many out there who will gladly take advantage of the gullible don't believe everything you hear from a source check it out ask around, ask other people or ask for references from the seller from people who have bought and are satisfied , listen too your own gut feeling, don't be dazzled by a particular bloodline, bloodlines are just one part of the entire picture when shopping for a childs pony temperament is of the utmost importance some ponies with dazzling halter records are so hot and full of it a child could never hang onto that pony on their own so a show record is only a fraction of the whole picture.