Choosing A Horse For Your Child

imagesSo your son or daughter has been bugging you to buy them a pony for months. Is this just a passing fad, or are they serious about wanting to learn to ride? Here’s a suggestion that can help you find out. Tell your child that you are going to buy them riding lessons for X months. If they stick with it you will consider buying them a pony.images (1)

Have your child join the US Pony Club:


You can also join a local 4-H horse club.  These clubs are designed as family activities and as a parent, you can volunteer and learn along with your children.  You don’t need to actually own a horse to join either of these organizations.

downloadIf your child sticks with lessons and you find that weekly riding lessons do not provide enough “horse time” for your child, consider a full or partial lease of a horse for at least six months. Leasing is an arrangement in which you pay either a fixed fee or a portion of the horse’s expenses in exchange for riding time on that horse.  In the typical full lease, you take over all of the horse’s expenses and care responsibilities, and in a typical partial lease, the owner remains primarily responsible for these items.

If even leasing a horse doesn’t satisfy your child desire to ride, then should you consider actually purchasing a horse or pony.  Deciding to purchase a horse or pony is a huge commitment and one that you shouldn’t take lightly.

How much should you spend on a horse for your child? The answer really depends upon what you want your child to achieve with that horse.  If your child just wants to go out and have fun, and compete at a local level, you should be able to find a suitable horse for $5,000 or less. If your child has more serious aspirations, consult with your child’s instructor regarding what you should expect to spend for a suitable horse.  Keep in mind that your family’s first horse can be a starter horse – a horse that is safe for your child and will help them learn basic horsemanship skills. You or your child can always ‘upgrade’ later and buy a horse that could potentially take them to the top.

An important thing to remember is that the initial purchase price of the horse is just a small fraction of the ongoing expenses you can expect to incur.  Here are some of the items you should budget for on a monthly basis, in the approximate order of magnitude: Board, Lessons, Competitions, Shoeing, Vet, Equipment, Food and Bedding.

Here’s a video on how to choose your first horse on a budget:


The Most Expensive Horses Ever Sold

Fusaichi Pegasus  – $70m

Fusaichi Pegasus - The Stallion

Number one is Fusaichi Pegasus at $70m. That’s right, look at the number of zeros again. $70,000,000 – seven of them with a seven in front.

The most expensive horse ever sold, Fusaichi Pegasus was a considerable racehorse. He won the Kentucky Derby in 2000 and finished his racing career with nine starts, six wins and two losses. More impressively, Fusaichi Pegasus won $1,994,400 during his career. After being retired from racing, Fusaichi Pegasus became the most sought after horse for breeding since Shareef Dancer. He also became the most expensive in 2000 when Irish breeder Coolmore Stud, the world’s largest thoroughbred breeding operation, bought him for an estimated $70 million.

Initially his stud fee was set at $150,000. After a disappointing career as a breeding horse, Fusaichi Pegasus now resides in Kentucky with a stud fee of $7,000, making him the most expensive and overpriced horse ever sold.

The Green Monkey – $15m

Green MoneyObviously The Green Monkey has to make an appearance here. He sold in 2006 as a two-year-old colt for $16m. Here’s his story. It’s a disappointing one for the owners. The Green Monkey is another descendant of the legendary Northern Dancer. With such lineage, big things were expected of the horse, but as a racer The Green Monkey was an abysmal failure, only competing in three races before being retired, and finishing no better than third in a race he was a favorite to win. He returned only $10,440 in purses during his racing career and is considered one of the biggest busts in equine history.

Since retiring, the horse has lived in Florida as a stud, with a fee of $5,000.

Here’s the dope:

Palloubet d’Halong – $15m

Palloubet D HalongThe most expensive show jumping horse ever sold, Palloubet d’Halong, long considered one of the best show jumping talents in the world, due in large part to his former rider Janika Spunger, was sold at age ten to Dutch Olympic Gold Medallist Jan Tops for a record-breaking $15 million. Tops is the coach of the Qatar jump showing team, and Palloubet d’Halong

Anna Sewell – The Story Of The Writer Of Black Beauty.

A lot of us have read the story of Black Beauty, a horse that tells his life and tribulations in the first person, charming young and old alike. But few people know the story of the book’s author, Anna Sewell.

Anna Sewell (1820-78) was a horse lover who wanted to see them better treated. Her book is one of the most celebrated animal story of the nineteenth century.

Born into a strict Quaker family who lived at Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, she was brought up to believe in the importance of self-reliance, moral responsibility and ‘tender consideration for the Creatures of God’. From an early age she developed a strong love of animals and abhorred any form of cruelty towards them.

She seemed to have a natural affinity with horses, and the great knowledge of horsemanship evident in Black Beauty was born from a lifetime’s experience. Anna received her education at home from her mother, who as well as instilling in her a sense of duty and religion also filled the house with music, painting and poetry – she was herself an accomplished ballad-writer – and Anna soon proved a capable pianist and artist.

When she was fourteen, Anna – who already suffered from a crippling bone disease – had a fall which left her an invalid for the rest of her life. By her mid-thirties she was no longer able to walk and relied on a pony cart to transport her. Characteristically she never used a whip on her own horses, and one of her intentions with Black Beauty was to ‘induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses’.

Anna Sewell

Confined to her room through ill-health, Anna started writing Black Beauty in 1871 but later abandoned the project until 1876. Afraid that she would not live to see the book published she worked laboriously on it despite failing health. Her mother found a publisher for the book and Anna saw her work in print in November 1877. She died just five months later and was buried at the family plot near Old Catton, Norfolk.

Training Arten für Pferderennen

Training Arten für Pferderennen


Pferderennen ist eine der anspruchsvollsten Pferdesportarten überhaupt, sowohl für den Jockey als auch für das Pferd selbst. Jockey muss ständig die Aufmerksamkeit auf sein Gewicht um dieses eignet sich für Renn-Stil und damit er sich nicht stellt am Tag des Rennens sofort erkennt, dass er zu schwer geworden und sein Pferd nicht gehen kann. Das Rennpferd muss ständig trainiert werden und muss entweder Trab oder Galopp Geschwindigkeit und Kraft, je nachdem, welche Art von Rennen es sich handelt. Das gemeinsame Training muss zudem passend abgestimmt sein und muss einfach alles um sich herum– es ist keine einfache Anforderung, aber es zahlt sich aus.

-Training für DJ-Anwendungen

Wenn er nicht gerade im Rennen um den Sieg kämpft, muss er sich nicht nur selbst trainieren und beständig die richtige Ernährung, sondern auch auf Pferden, in Form zu bleiben. Meistens übt und trainiert er auf Handicap Pferde seines Stalls, mit dem er die Rennen selbst zwar nicht reitet, sich aber in seinem eigenen Stil üben können. Training mit dem tatsächlichen Rennpferd darf aber auch nicht zu kurz kommen, denn das Pferd-Mensch-Team muss sich aufeinander einstellen können und hat seine eigene Dynamik aufbauen, auch zwischen Mensch und Tier ein Produkt für eine lange Zusammenarbeit.

die ersten Klassen mit dem Pferd

Rennpferde sein Verteidiger entgegen der landläufigen Meinung unter den Tieren sehr sanft liebevoll und vorsichtig nicht merken. Wenn dieser Punkt erreicht ist, lernt das Pferd unterscheidet sich von Pferd zu reagieren, bereits auf sehr geringe Offsets des geringen Gewichts weil die Steigbügel waren sehr kurz und der Fahrer kann keine typischen Schenkel Leistungen mehr die spielen in anderen Disziplinen eine große Rolle. In Schritt und Trab eine gewisse Grundlagenausdauer aufgebaut, ist, um ein Rennpferd Pflicht– müssen im Voraus mit dem galoppieren gar nicht erst anzufangen. Darüber hinaus, zumindest in Paaren arbeiten mit Pferden selten allein und oft in großen Gruppen.

Kopf-an-Kopf-Arbeit mit Rennpferden

Dazu stellt der Trainer Übungsgruppen zusammen, die etwa gleich stark sind, nicht um ein Rennpferd immer wieder fällt zurück hinter seinem Trainingspartner und dem Willen zum Sieg, so entwickelt sich nicht. Es ist, dass das Trainingsgespann im Training Kopf an Kopf lernt, was das Ziel-Rennen Galopp-und was der Reiter von ihm. Genau aus diesem Grund die Arbeit mit ein Rennpferd in der Gruppe oder zumindest zusammen mit einem Trainingspartner-das ist wichtig, denn sonst kann es nicht lernen, was er tun sollte, wenn er steht mit allen anderen Rennpferde auf seiner ersten Laufbahn und der Sieg Reiten.