Pony country

Meet Snob, my sister-in-law's latest pony

England is a pony country. Before putting together this blog post, I wasn’t really not sure how expensive it was to keep a pony or buy a pony, but I couldn’t help but notice that there were a lot of people who have them, and I’m not just talking about the Windsors.

Regular folk.

My sister-in-law grew up with a pony. Her parents bought one for about £400 and then paid about £10 per week for boarding. Not extortionate, by any means. In fact, she remembers that there were about 10 people in her class at school who owned ponies. The rich kids had two ponies. No joke.

In the US, a pony will run you well over $1,000 and stable costs are an average of $700/month.

It really does beg the question: Why would anyone come to the US if they had a pony? Who leaves a country packed with ponies to live in a non-pony country? Seinfeld was so right. It doesn’t make sense.


Posted on 20, October 2011, in Culture and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. As one friend said to me at the time,’if your daughter has a pony it’s like taking on a second mortgage!’ OK,do it yourself livery was not so expensive but there was also food, insurance,tack, shoeing,hay and straw, not to mention the human clothing and boots and a horse box if said rider wants to travel to shows!
    Don’t get me wrong, I have no regrets because it proved a wonderful hobby for my daughter but it was far more than £10 a week even then!
    Beware-you never know where 6 riding lesson for your daughter’s 8th birthday will lead!

  2. Just realised that I forgot the vet’s bills!

  3. Straight from the horse’s mouth (so to speak)!

  4. Exactly!

  5. It would make no sense at all to move to a non pony country.

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