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kirstyndshaky

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Divasmum

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Divasmum says:

Re: to all RS kids

Sad story. I am sure that there must have been some of the riders who loved him though.

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JoeyH

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JoeyH says:

Re: to all RS kids

oh that's so sad, it almost made me cry.  RS ponies do have to put up with some cr*p.  I've only ever ridden at riding schools (several of them now!) and like you would always request the slower, more ploddy ponies and horses.  The pony i learnt to ride on was very much like that, he was a 12.2hh dartmoor pony called Charlie Brown and he was the sweetest little pony.  When that riding school closed in 1992 he was brought by a girl called Melissa and spent a few quite happy years living on a farm.  After his move he did become considerably more lively! i think he was eventually pts in his 20's (laminitis related i think it was).  Moral of the post is, always appreciate the slower, riding school ponies cos they will teach you so much and you'll miss them a hell of a lot when they are gone.

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yorkshiredeb

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yorkshiredeb says:

Re: to all RS kids

kirsty thats a loveley post - im sure he had happy times too, he certainly did with you x

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aniseed

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aniseed says:

Re: to all RS kids

I used to work at a RS and the ponies that no-one wanted were often the best when you put a capable rider on them. I did a lot of work with a little 12.3hh mare who came to us in a absolute state and was quite nappy. Just before I left she did her first ever dressage test with me and I was absolutely beaming at the end of it even though we came last. Out of all the lovely horses at that school she is the one I would have like to take home with me.

 

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pegasus*

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pegasus* says:

Re: to all RS kids

 Oh, I know, I hate what happens to RS horses. None of the ones at my place are particularly responsive - I try not to push them too hard, but sometimes they just WILL NOT GO! 

 

I wish people didn't just treat them like scum though, if they were taken off and retrained they would all make really nice little ponies. It's so sad that so many just go to waste, unloved and unappreciated : ( 

 

Help, this is making me feel sad...   and angry...  I'm an animal rights obsessive, I'm afraid!

 

Maybe we should set up a charity for RS horses? And there should be a law that says they can only be used for one hour at a time, and that after 5 years they have to have a break from being RS horses. Yes! It would make a world of difference! Let's do it! We could call it the RSHRF (Riding School Horse Rescue Fund)!!!

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*Raychel*&*Gally*

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Re: to all RS kids

Sadly i think this is true of every RS. Whenever a new pony arrives everyone flocks to it, its like a magnet! I used to hate being used as a 'test dummy' on the new horses, id have much rather ridden a 13.2h mare that was about 25 and had cushings. As soon as my bum hit the saddle she would be cantering on the spot cus she knew it would be something fun we were doing! Also remember taking a nearly 30 year old 12h with severe pollen allergies and breathing problems on an hour hack 2 years ago, as she was barefoot we went for a walk on the common as it was grass so would be softer, & she bronced with me! Noone could understand why i wanted to ride her on the hack though....

Its normally the 'naughty' ones that have more to give, theyre just scared to get attached to someone incase they never see them again. Also Tommy who sadly died nearly 3 years ago, was only ridden by a handful of people, as soon as he died everyone said how much they loved him. Made me sick. xx

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adele1008

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adele1008 says:

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Thats sad, i often wonder about some of the older ones from my old riding school, especcially around this time of year.  I must say all of the oldies at my old place were spoiled rotten on the whole although they were taken for granted sometimes and they were the same, a novice on them and a bomb could go off under their feet and they wouldnt move put someone experienced on and usually, though they would sometimes take the mick with some of the helpers for some reason whenever i rode two of them in particular they would do anything for me and behave like a 5yo!  One was called paco and he sounds a lot like sparky but he used to do dressage to a high standard and another of my favourites was peppe, a tb who used to showjump, he had quite bad arthritis and i was the only one that rode him in the last year before he was retired, just dandered round in the woods though sometimes he could be really fresh and so long as the ground was good id let him have a canter, id have loved to have ridden him in his younger days because he must have really been something, his owner moved him away from the yard with another livery a couple of years ago which at the time i thought was awful because he had been in with davey for more than 20years and they were best buds but he did really well and was looking better than he had in years when his new companiion suddenly died from colic and after that he went downhill so fast, his owner said he was heartbroken so she had him pts, he was 35 i think.  Davey was another and he was amazing, he was an 17hh advanced medium dressage horse who did some eventing too, he was my instructors pride and joy and there were photos of them everywhere, i brought him back in to work after he had been out of work for a while, he was 28 or so at the time i think and i felt really privileged, he taught me absolutely loads.  So anyways, yes i think its really important to appreciate the old plods because in a riding school they put up with a lot and many of them were amazing in their younger days - lets face it they dont owe us anything, i think its easy when youre moving onwards and upwards with youre riding to forget how good they actually are but im sure they are hugely appreciated by the beginners who ride them at the time, im sure everyone here learned on one just the same as sparky and im sure that they have a special place in their hearts for them, riding school ponies have hearts of gold so i think after so many years of loyalty sparky deserved a little more respect in the end, i cant believe no one had anything nice to say about him!

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JoeyH

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JoeyH says:

Re: to all RS kids

Sorry Kirsty, i think i slightly mis-read your original post, oops!  I agree with Adele, most, if not all of us owe alot to riding school ponies - the nutters and the plodders.  That's so sad about Pepe,  that's the second time today this post has made me nearly cry!! 

Pegasus - i love your idea about the RSHRF (Riding School Horse Rescue Fund), we should have riding school ponies tribute thread in the remembrance topic.  They do deserve way more respect and credit than they are sometimes given. 

I'm going to give all the riding school horses so much fuss tomorrow now!!!

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Sezwa

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Sezwa says:

Re: to all RS kids

What a sad story, poor Sparky . When I read stories like this it makes me so grateful that the steady horses at the RS where I learnt to ride and where I now keep my horses are appreaciated. The majority of customers at my RS are nervous riders and the yard also does rides for disabled customers so the plods are priceless and often quite popular.

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CopperFieldLady

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Re: to all RS kids

What a lovely post. And so true.

xx

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