It's always really exciting when we add a new member to our herd. We carefully select the group of horses that the horse will live with and set up an introduction pen so no one gets hurt. Our horses mean a lot to us. They get used a lot and we try to balance any taxing ridden work with play, like playing with a ball, going on a walk in-hand, or learning tricks. The horses are really trained by the kids. The trainers get them going, but a big part of what we do is teach kids to train horses, so we like to involve them in the process as much as we can.
We do well with many different breeds and ages of horses because there is sort of a kid for every horse! Because we have to pay board on every horse we have, each horse has to pull its weight - we can' t have horses too young to be ridden or too infirm to jump. We're not afraid of horses that haven't had much training. The perfect horses for us are cute, have a good work ethic, are totally sound, and are free!
Because of the way our business budget has to work to keep the program running, most horses who come to us won't stay a long time, but they will receive a great deal of positive training and they will be resold to some of the many wonderful people who watch our site looking for the perfect horse. Most of these people follow our training methods so the horse will go to a home where he can enjoy the same fun techniques he learned at Pony Pros.
It's really a win all around - our students get to learn to train horses, the horse gets a great home, Pony Pros earn a little money to keep going, and one lucky rider gets the horse or pony she's been waiting for.