We found the following irresponsible ads on the internet recently advertising small ponies as ‘ideal Christmas presents’ for children. No animal, especially ponies, should be given as Christmas presents. Ponies, even miniatures, require the same level of care as any other equine, including the bills that go with it! Just because someone has moved into a property “with room for a pony” does not necessarily mean that they have the knowledge and funds to care for such a high maintenance animal.
For the child who is begging for a pony, why not find a local Centre Equestre and book some lessons, some of the more responsible ones will include lessons on how to care for a pony too. They can learn just how much work is really involved! This will also allow the family involved to find out just what they are getting into, and if their interest and finances are up to it.
There are of course good alternatives to living pets these days, why not visit our Amazon store and take a look at Butterscotch, the life-like pony!