That one Christmas wish for a Pony.
The Christmas crazies are in full swing, and so too are the last minute pleases to Mr Claus. You know the saying, “All I want for Christmas”
For the last 12 months, my six-year-old daughter Abbie has been adamant that she is ready for the responsibility of a pony. My standard response has been for her to ask Santa, and of course, the time has come for the man in the red suit to put his money where his mouth is! I have no doubt that Abbie would love and adore a little pony, I am just not convinced the rational part of her six-year-old brain has thought about the financial side of the equation – we’ll just leave the worrying to mom.
My childhood memories of my pony.
I remember my childhood pony, Penny, and there is no doubt that the little mare gave my sister and I endless joy, but now that I’m a parent all I see when I think of owning a pony is bills, bills, bills.I wasn’t prepared to launch into the pony-owning fraternity head first, so the next best thing I have come up with is to
borrow a family friend’s Welsh Mountain pony, Kinko, until April. I dearly want to see Abbie learn to ride and enjoy the same bond we did with our little Penny, and I think it will be good for her to take on the responsibility of caring for an animal, albeit a pretty big one!
Loan horse – a test run
Kinko, a sweet natured grey mare, will live in our neighbors field while we have her on loan and I can’t wait to surprise Abbie on Christmas morning. No doubt Kinko will be the star of the day and our biggest challenge will be keeping the pony in the field and not eating lunch with us at the dining table.Kinko’s area is well fenced and will be the perfect place to start Abbie off on a lead – I think I’m nearly as excited as Abbie will be!
I must say, I did think twice about my decision to borrow Kinko when I headed down to my local horse store. There really is no end to what you can buy – saddles that nearly cost as much as my car and horse rugs more expensive than the winter coat at Maceys. But once I got into shopping mode I had a great time picking out a halter, grooming kit (I think the hoof pick will be my domain for a little while) and the dearest little riding boots. I was thankful we are borrowing a saddle and bridle, otherwise I might have had to ask Santa for a loan…
Can I keep a secret?
With Christmas just around the corner and the big unveiling, it will take all my resolve to keep the big secret, so stay tuned and I will let you know how it goes!