Before embarking on the exciting adventure of purchasing your first Australian Miniature Pony, it is advisable to keep the following points in mind to ensure that the pony you choose is the perfect one for your needs.
|* Visit a number of studs before making any decision to purchase.|
* If you have little or no experience with ponies (especially miniatures),
enlist the help of a knowledgeable horse person to advise on soundness
* Geldings (neutered males) are less expensive and make idea pets, harness
or show ponies.
* Only top quality animals should be purchased if you intend breeding or showing in
breed classes and these will be more costly.
* Height measurements can vary quite a bit between different societies. Australia
Miniature Ponies are measured in centimetres not inches. The height measurement
is taken at the highest point of the withers and MUST not exceed 87cm.
Ponies measuring between 87.1cm and 91.5cm may be appendix recorded
(however these Ponies are not "registered" they are "appendix" recorded
and are eligible to be shown in Appendix classes ONLY ).
* If you have any queries regarding the eligibility of a pony for Australian Miniature
Pony Society Inc. Registration, check with your State Delegate before buying.
* The Standard of Excellence for the Australia Miniature Pony will provide a helpful
If you are buying an Australian Miniature Pony, please make sure the Seller/Vendor completes an Official Transfer Application form, and forwards the Certificate of Registration/Foal Recording to Australian Miniature Pony Society Inc. along with the Transfer Fee (within 30 days of sale)-the Transfer Fee is the responsibility of the purchaser. The seller will provide a copy of the Official Transfer Application form, and it is a good idea to obtain a photocopy of the pony's registration/recording certificate for your records until such time that the original document is returned to your self from Australian Miniature Pony Society Inc.
You will need to be a financial member of Australian Miniature Pony Society Inc. at the time of transfer, if you are not-the official transfer process will be delayed until such time as you have joined, with the papers being held by Australian Miniature Pony Society Inc. for safekeeping. Only Australian Miniature Pony Society Inc. Registrar is authorised to use the Transfer Record on the back of the Recording/Registration Certificates, the owner/breeder/vendor/purchaser of the pony MUST NOT write on these certificates-since this INVALIDATES THE CERTIFICATE.
If you are buying a mare that is said to be in foal, ask the seller/vendor to provide you in writing what the conditions of the sale are, i.e. if the mare is guaranteed to be in foal, and if there is a live foal guarantee (Please note that a Service Certificate is required to be provided by the seller/vendor if the mare has been served).
All registered/appendix recorded ponies MUST BE BRANDED prior to being sold, you must be able to view the brands to check the identification of your potential purchase.
The Australian Miniature Pony Society Inc are unable to get involved in purchasing disagreements between buyers and sellers, as these are civil matters. As a purchaser you are advised to take responsibility yourself for the checking of registration pending, foal recording certificates, adult registration, height measurements, brands, unsoundness, eligibility etc.
A balanced diet, fresh water, a suitable environment and the application of commonsense will generally ensure your Australian Miniature Pony stays healthy and happy, with the addition of a few important factors:
|* Ponies should be kept free of parasites and worming on a routine basis is essential.|
* Consultation with a local veterinarian will establish the best regime for your Pony.
* Brushing or grooming is recommended to maintain a healthy skin and glossy coat.
* Feet and teeth require attention on a regular basis by a competent person. This also
applies to the administration of tetanus and other injections when necessary.
* Availability of pasture, together with the age and workload of the pony, will
determine daily intake. Very young or very old ponies, as well as brood mares have
specific dietary needs.
* All feed should be of good quality with plenty of roughage and overfeeding should
be avoided to discourage the incidence of founder.
* A seaweed or mineral horse lick will provide extra nutrients.
Regular removal of manure, (at least twice weekly), will assist in pasture management and parasite control. Provide adequate shelter and regular exercise and lots of loving care.