Many children have a wish to own a horse or a pony as a pet. Some parents even indulge their children in fulfilling this wish. This can, however, lead to undesirable consequences if the parents take this step without thinking it through. While buying a horse or a pony is easy, taking care of it and making sure the animal stays healthy is quite another story.
The bigger the animal, the bigger the responsibility. Horses and ponies require very time consuming and expensive maintenance to keep them in good shape. Before deciding whether to buy a horse or a pony, owners should first decide whether they should buy one at all.
Research What You’re Getting Into
Horses, ponies, and donkeys belong to the equine sub-genus. They can vary in sizes considerably and are adapted to different climates depending on their breeds. For example, if you live in a colder climate then a pony would be more desirable as it has a denser coat than a horse.
Before going any further with your decision, you need to understand how to differentiate between a horse and a pony. The general rule is that if it is taller than 4 feet and 10 inches at the shoulders, it is a horse. An animal smaller than this is a pony.
However, this is a very generic rule, and in order to properly classify an animal its complete body structure needs to be analyzed. Ponies have a heavier frame relative to their body and are more muscular. Horses, on the other hand, are generally taller but more slender. It is essential to research this before going into the market in search for a horse or a pony. This research will go a long way in helping you choose the right animal for your needs if you decide to buy one.
Children are Unpredictable
It is the wish of all parents to give their children a happy life, which may also include buying them a pony or a horse. Children, however, are very unpredictable in nature and if they want a pony one day, they may find themselves wanting a unicorn the next.
In order to get a clearer idea of the situation, you can arrange riding lessons for your child at the local stable. That way, you can decide if this is something that they are truly passionate about. Buying a horse or a pony is a sizable investment of one’s money and time, and the best thing to do would be to make sure that your child’s love for equines is not merely temporary before making that investment.
Don’t Fall Prey to Haste
It is easy to get carried away in the moment. You may buy a horse or a pony for your child based on your own childhood love for equines. A lot of people fall prey to such haste, and end up regretting their decision.
All in all, you should be completely sure that your child will have a long-term interest in keeping a horse or a pony, before deciding if you can get on or not. If your young ones are truly passionate about taking care of their new pet, then an equine can be a wonderful friend to them while growing up.
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