Posted: 18/08/2016 at 16:31
It all seems to have got so expensive. When my sister and I were young we lived next door to a farm and were lucky enough to have a scruffy native pony each. We adored them and hacked to local shows for jumping and gymkhana events, quite far sometimes, couldn't afford transport. To start with we shared a saddle and had to swap between events! Dad said he couldn't afford 2 saddles that year. We rode bareback quite a lot, which was very good for our balance. We played all sorts of games in the paddock, like being stunt men, circus riders and Red Indians.
Do children still do that sort of thing? Once when staying in England with my sister I went to a Pony Club test day to watch her step granddaughter riding. Most of the children arrived with posh cars and trailers and very showy looking ponies.