Q. Your prices are a little higher than some I have seen, why is that?
A. In order to provide top quality care for our horses and ponies, as well as our professional staff, ...
Q. Why do you always bring two ponies?
A. Ponies are herd animals and are used to living in a group. They rely on each other like family.
We have also found that many times a child who is afraid of riding a pony alone will be fine riding beside a friend, so two ponies are great! Either way you can't lose, more ponies, means more riding time!
Q. We heard you donate a percentage of your profits to local children's charities, why is that?
A. We feel that we are living our dream and we want to give back to others and share the wonders of life. We acknowledge that there are many children who have never had a birthday party let alone a Pony Party, so we intend to make some of those small dreams into big realities.
When we donate free parties to charity and school auctions or fundraisers, and we offer reduced-price parties to non-profits and churches. Everyone wins in a big way, and we get to see lots and lots of children's smiling faces.
By using Seattle Pony Party you are giving to other children as well, so we thank you deeply.
Q. Are your ponies full grown?
A. Yes, horses and ponies are mature at the age of five. The word 'pony' refers to their size, not their age. A 'horse' is simply an equine that stands over 14.2 hands (a hand is approx. 4 inches), while a 'pony' is an equine under 14.2 hands.
Q. I have a small yard, can I still have a pony party?
A. Yes, our ponies need only a small yard, quiet street, cul-de-sac, parking lot or something similar. Even sidewalks will do. If a patch of your grass begins to suffer during the party we'll shift the riding around a bit or move off the grass.
Q. How many ponies do you recommend for the number of kids I have?
A. We generally suggest one pony per 5-7 kids.
Q. Do you offer lessons?
A. We work closely with our head trainer to provide the whole horse experience. She provides lessons catered to each student emphasizing horse safety, proper care, and riding.
Q. Are there any restrictions?
A. There are no age restrictions for our parties but there are weight limits that protect our ponies' health. Our variously sized ponies have carry weight limits ranging from 35 lbs to 140 lbs, so we will choose ponies to match your kids.
Q. Are your Ponies safe for our kids, especially kids with disabilities?
A. Yes, yes, yes! Our ponies have an unsurpassed safety record with over 12 years of accident free parties.
We use well-trained ponies and horses with great dispositions, and have competent, professional staff who are well-trained to handle kids of all abilities. All our rides are hand-led so there is always a handler within reach of each rider. And if a child looks unsteady in the saddle, we'll ask a parent to walk along with him/her. With advance notice, we can provide additional handlers to act as side walkers.
We reserve the right to alter or refuse service in the unlikely event that we find an unsafe situation. It is our job to keep everyone safe and happy.
Q. Are ponies dirty... and well, what happens with the poop?
A. Our ponies are well groomed, clean, vaccinated, healthy, and ready to bring smiles all around. They are not, however, potty-trained.
But don't despair: we clean up after our ponies. And composted pony manure makes great fertilizer, so if you compost, don't let it get away. In fact, if you want lots more contact us, we can deliver.
Q. Do you use safety belts or other safety equipment?
A. Our main safety equipment is our rock solid ponies and great staff. We do not require riding helmets but you are more than welcome to use your own if you wish. We never tie anyone on a pony as we feel that is very dangerous. We do ask parents to walk alongside younger children as they ride.
Q. Someone once told me that party ponies lead a sad life of overwork.
A. It is a sad truth that some people misuse their ponies. Their ponies are a means to an end rather than part of the family. If the ponies look skinny, dull-coated, and depressed then chances are, they are not doing well.
Happily most people love their ponies. At Seattle Pony Party, we select our ponies carefully for health and temperament, then we treat them with the respect and love they deserve.
Our ponies eat the best quality feed and get plenty of days off. They don't work events more than a few days a week, and then get to enjoy lush pastures on their days off. Most people don't have it this good!
Q. Will you come to our town?
A. We are happy to bring our ponies to locations all over Washington, just ask. Travel Charges apply to more than 30 miles from Monroe, WA.