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Join the horsey set with this Howcast video series about horses and horseback riding.
You Will Need
- Pony in midlife
- Response to touch
- Correct height
- Surprise visit
- History of pony
- Gelding (optional)
- Small horse (optional)
Check responsiveness to touch
Check whether you can touch the pony without prompting a reaction. Make sure the pony does not react to sudden movements or noise.
Consider the height of the pony. Make sure the rider can get on or off safely by themselves.
Make a surprise inspection
Make a surprise visit to the pasture or stable where the pony is kept. This way you will see the pony as it really is, not as it may have been prepped to appear.
Take along a trainer
Take along a trainer or someone experienced with ponies when you inspect the animal.
Consider the pony's history
Consider the pony's history -- its training, any bad habits, behavior toward other ponies, its reaction to transportation in a trailer, any history of health problems, and why it is being sold. If you are satisfied with what you have learned, go buy the pony and start riding.