As a young girl, I grew up dreaming of having my own horse. I even remember how much I daydreamed about horses when I was little, and every day when I cycled home from the riding school, I told everyone I met- with a pure zeal in my voice – about my day with the horses.
When I turned thirteen the dream finally came true, and although I could not quite understand the sudden change in my parents’ shift of opinion towards buying a pony, I was overwhelmed with joy.
Of course, as parents you have to be well acquainted with the responsibility that comes with purchasing an animal, but sometimes I think that especially the fathers have to suffer too many concerns. Being a pony dad is not an easy job. I am sure it was difficult for my dad to relate to a sport that is all about jumping over things, moving in strange gaits and looking funny while doing it! But my father also saw the joy in my eyes and watched me grow up to become a responsible and carrying person thanks to my horse.
Therefore, we have gathered eight really good reasons why you – dad- should allow your daughter to have her own pony!
1. She learns to be responsible
Carrying for another being is a huge deal. Especially when the animal is a 850 pound horse. But do not get me wrong your daughter will grow up becoming responsible. In addition, she will of course also become a real fighter, gain empathy for others and never settle – and these are good qualities too!
2. You are surrounded by females all the time (it is a good thing!)
If you are a single dad, you have plenty of opportunity to look a little extra when you are accompanying your daughter to the stable. Riding sports are female-dominated so there should be plenty of opportunity to share a cup of coffee with a nice lady at the dressage event or in the jumping arena – and still have plenty of quality time with your daughter.
3. No boys allowed
Speaking of women-dominated sport, you should not be worried about your little girl bringing home a boyfriend. There are hardly any boys lurking around the barn or stable, and she is far too busy to notice any boys with all the mucking, sweeping and grooming that needs to be done.
4. She is too tired to cause any trouble
Believe me when I say do not worry. Your daughter spends all her time on her horse, which also means that there is no time for going out on weekends (as she gets older), or hanging out with older boys. Your daughter sees her stable-friends as her besties, and a perfect Friday night consist of polishing equipment and laughing at her friends sitting backwards on their horses. Just relax!
5. Clothing Crisis? Never!
Give your daughter some new riding gear occasionally and she will be fully satisfied. You do not have to worry about her spending too much time in the bathroom getting ready for school in the morning, she is up and ready to go in ten minutes. She prefers her breaches and a jersey top, and as long as there are clean clothes in the closet, she is ready. A pure win-win situation!
6. You know her whereabouts
Is your daughter not answering her phone? Do not worry. Either you wait for her to call back, or else drive out to the stable where she probably is. It is really not that complicated with a pony daughter!
7. She will have a friend for life
A horse is not “just a horse” but a friend. Therefore, by giving your daughter a horse, she will have a friend whom she will be able to trust through several stages of life. Many people mistakenly believe that a horse is just something you ride, but a horse is so much more than that – and what it gives, is not something you can get anywhere else.
8. It is not all about the money
We know that equestrian sports are expensive and that not everyone can afford a horse. However, if you are considering buying a horse for the family anyway, remember that not everything is about money and not everything needs to be new to function. You can easily buy a horse at a reasonable price!