Every youngster desires a pet pony, and while it may be tempting to grant one’s wish, there are other costs to consider before making the purchase.
For a live animal, there are several additional expenses in addition to the original purchase price of the pony.
While it’s always exciting to imagine giving your child a surprise pony, it’s wise to think about the total expense and the considerable time, effort, and patience that it will take to care for your pony.
The cost of ponies
Ponies range in price from $600 to more than $25,000.
Depending on breed, region, age, and other criteria, the starting price for most ponies is approximately $1,200. This price does not include any other fees; it only considers the adoption or purchase fee.
Ponies need a lot of grooming and maintenance costs in addition to the original cost, such as: B. Feed, stable and leased areas, water, care and veterinary costs. Despite their small size, ponies can cost thousands of dollars annually.
Here are some additional cost factors to think about before you buy.
The cost of owning a pony
Pony purchases can range in price from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands depending on several factors. Ponies vary in price by breed, age (young ponies cost more while older ponies cost less) and level of training (better trained ponies cost more than less trained ponies).
When you pay more than $1,500 for a pony, you are investing in an animal that has been given money and effort to become a beautiful horse. You will see that such a pony has all the manners that make it pleasant and easy to handle, and it is also easy to trim, load onto a trailer, wash and stand for the vet and farrier.
On the other hand, ponies that cost $500 to $1,000 are often young animals with very little training or handling. They may exhibit behavioral issues and lack solidity and conformity.
These are smart animals, and each breed has a different disposition. For example, Connemara are seen as more cooperative and milder, while Shetland is often described as headstrong and difficult. As a result, the price to buy a Shetland ranges from $300 to $1,500, but the price of a Connemara starts at $3,000 and can go as high as $28,000.
Ponies often need an area of three acres or more for exercise. As a result, their hotel expenses can be around $200 per month. In addition to the costs for stable maintenance, this sum also covers the costs for feeding and caring for the pony. Most of the hay they consume can be had for around $1,200 a year. The cost of adding grain or minerals to hay increases by about $140 and $20, respectively, each year.
Routine pony exams can cost $250, while other veterinary services like deworming cost $48 once a year and pedicures cost $35 to $50 a month. Training costs are additional expenses that can range from $1,000 to $2,000 per year, with each class costing $40. A rider’s helmet, shampoo, a brush, buckets, and basic first-aid kits are a few other pony supplies that can cost several hundred dollars.
Because grooming a pony can be expensive, some owners want to sell their ponies as soon as possible. Buying a pony can be reduced to just a few hundred dollars by this factor. However, do not make a hasty purchase before doing a thorough investigation.
Finding the right pony requires research. Research the pony’s previous owners and medical records before purchasing. In addition, poor haymaking and rising fuel prices can affect the number of horses for sale, as well as their price. The price of a pony may go down if horse slaughter is banned.