Guys, I Want a Pony

I missed the pony rider stage, I was close to 5’7” when I started riding and now stand 5’10”. I’ve hacked some ponies, schooled naughty show ponies, and leased the fabulous short in stature Dee. But like I’ve mentioned before, I spent most of my riding career riding larger horses.

Well people, I may be a convert. This weekend we helped work some cattle at my in-laws cattle ranch. My usual ranch mount had a stone bruise, so we were scrambling to find something for me to move cattle on. The best option available was my nephew’s Shetland/Quarter Horse pony cross. So I stole their pony for the day.

And she is the coolest thing ever.

After an initial test moment where she tried to dump me in the driveway, we got along like peas and carrots. My husband was on a big grey gelding who coasts right along, and this little mare had no problem keeping right up. And we aren’t talking flat fields; we climbed massive hills, crossed roads, and rode through grass as tall as her body. She didn’t give a fig, and spent half the initial ride to the herd begging for more rein. My shoulders are feeling it today, and thats from holding her back.

I still made my husband open the gates, even if I was closer to the ground.

Doesn’t understand why we can’t run to catch up!

The cattle were pretty easy to gather, but the few we did have to pursue had a tricky moment or two. Little mare dug in and as soon as I let her, she’d spring after the cows. My biggest job was remembering how to steer (neck reining) and not to fall off during the terrain changes.

Standing politely.

Bored with standing.

The horses were high on their driving success, but little mare still let my daughter ride her around before we turned for home. I was way more comfortable on the way back, and let her stretch out and get her gallop on a bit. There’s a lot more movement, smaller steps, but she was so catty and careful I felt really safe on her. Not to mention it was like driving a sport car.

Once we made it home I made her pose for a picture (with me to provide scale) to demonstrate exactly adorable and small she is. And now I’m on a mission to convince my trainer to let me buy a sport pony.

Did I mention she’s got a great attitude too?  

I need way more ponies in my life. Who else is with me!?

42 thoughts on “Guys, I Want a Pony

  1. Awww, how fun! You know my feelings on this! I like pony attitude and pony height, but I also like them when they take up my leg and really ride like a horse, hence the Welsh Cob choice. There’s a big difference between a narrow pony and a “horsey” pony. Ponies just seem to have a better sense of self-preservation, too. I just feel safer on them all the way around. PS – I got ponies for you. 😀

  2. If you come visit me, you can hang out with Chalupa Batman (aka the BEST PONY) although riding him is probs out of the question. 😉
    But in all seriousness, ponies are awesome. Before the ottb that I leased, I was on love with one of our cob crosses – a badass gelding called Dragon.

  3. Aww that’s awesome – what a cool little pocket rocket!! You already know I had a pretty fantastic time with my little 14.3 Arab…. Tho these days I’m enjoying the other end of the size scale lol

  4. get yourself a pony! sometimes you can find a decent pony that people have outgrown for a free lease or nominal fee. I know i have friends who have done that as a step up for their kids. My guy is barely 15 hands so is close to a pony. Many people always ask me at events if he is a pony and i always say in brain at least 😉 that looks like a great time was had by all! 🙂 Fun!

  5. Same, I was already too tall for ponies by the time I started riding. Even at 9 years old I was all legs. I think being the tallest in my school for so long gave me some kind of complex though because I shudder at the thought of riding something that looks to small for me! Ha.

  6. Ha, I was always too tall for the ponies also and am 5’10” now. I used to cry because I wanted to be a jockey and didn’t want to get taller. I don’t know that I could do a pony attitude at this point though.

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