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.
1 Contact your State Delegate (see our contact page) for any advice on any issues that you may have.
2 Visit a number of studs before making any decision to purchase.
3 If you have little or no experience with ponies, enlist the help of a knowledgeable horse person to advise on soundness and confirmation.
4 Only top quality miniature ponies should be purchased if you intend on breeding or showing, these will be more costly. Geldings (neutered males) are less expensive and make ideal pets, harness or show ponies.
5 Please be aware that height measurements can vary quite a bit between societies. Australian Miniature Ponies are measured in CENTIMETERS not inches. The height is measured at the HIGHEST point of the pony's wither and MUST NOT exceed 87cm. Ponies measuring over 87cm and under 91.5 cm that have been Foal Recorded or Adult Registered may be appendix recorded (however these ponies must only been shown in their own Appendix Classes.)
Those ponies which measured 85.5cm or more at their 4 year height measurement must be re-measured again at 6 years of age.
6 If you have any queries regarding the eligibility of a pony for Australian Miniature Pony Society Registration, check with your State Delegate BEFORE buying.
7 Remember to join the Australian Miniature Pony Society when you decide to purchase a pony (or before).
8 Contact the Secretary for membership information.
9 You should take responsibility yourself to view the paperwork eg. Foal Recording Certificate, Adult Registration, etc and check the height and brands of any pony you are buying.
10 The Australian Miniature Pony Society Inc cannot become involved in disputes between buyers and sellers, these are contractual matters between the two individuals involved. You are advised to take responsibility yourself for checks of registration, unsoundness, eligibility etc.
11 You should make sure that if the Pony is over 2 years old (actual) it must be Adult Registered before it can be bred from or shown.
12 If you are buying an Australian Miniature Pony, please make sure the Seller/Vendor completes and signs an Official Transfer Application form, hands over the Certificate of Registration/Foal Recording for the pony, the
Transfer fee is the responsibility of the purchaser. 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.
13 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 and the mating must be on a stud return).
14 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.
Don't be afraid to get in touch and most importantly ENJOY YOUR NEW FAMILY MEMBER!
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