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Jul 10

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Who prefers horses and who prefers ponies?

 I was reading this on HorseForum and it got me thinking... 

In the future, I want something that I can compete on. I want an athlete and I would like to do XC. :) But in an ideal world, I would have two. I'd have a cheeky pony and something bigger. I've got a big pony at the moment and will have him forever more..I won't outgrow him because I'm 5'1 LOL. I think he is the beeknees..genuinely. He's quick, he's naughty, he's strong and he's hilarious. I think ponies are brilliant anyway..but that is probably because I spend the majority of my time on them.

but then... I love things that are tall, slim and coloured..


Who prefers naughty ponies and who prefers horses? 

See photos.. What I have (and love!) and what I see in my photo (e.g.) D:

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Dec 11

Posts: 131

PonyMad4Ever says:

Re: Who prefers horses and who prefers ponies?

 PONIES. All the way. You can have soo much funh, you don't *need* (do anyway!) to worry about them in the rain, they are total bombs and have soo much character! Also, you don;t need a big school - when I ride 15hh+ @ my yard in the indoor, their canter just eats up the ground, its difficult to do a course as well, whereas ponies you can just turn! That said, I have ridden some lovely horses recently, and if I were to get an equine it would be 14.1 minimum, pref. 15hh but quite chunky and still ponyish!


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Sep 08

Posts: 4939

brook says:

Re: Who prefers horses and who prefers ponies?

i love ponies as they are just so much fun and most can turn their hoof to anything lol. Tenor is a super hack and I love him to bits he's such a little character, Tilly is totally different, very graceful with a beautiful trot, it's hard to choose as I love both horses and ponies.  

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Apr 12

Posts: 691

Re: Who prefers horses and who prefers ponies?

Can't decide, got one of each. Although I used to have a 13.2 Welsh sec C mare who rode like a 15.2. ...............Still can't decide!

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Nov 10

Posts: 977

cookiecrazy says:

Re: Who prefers horses and who prefers ponies?

 im biased of course but ponies! They are such fun and so versatile- saying that i love horses striding!! i feel so grand!! ;D


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Aug 11

Posts: 498

Re: Who prefers horses and who prefers ponies?

 Ponies I personally prefer.


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Jan 12

Posts: 54

Buzzbomb says:

Re: Who prefers horses and who prefers ponies?

 I've always been tall 5'7 from about 11 years old so I have mostly ridden over 15h. But I do have hilarious memories of ponies when I was much younger, I think they do tend to have more character. But I love all the horses I ride now especially the 17.3 shire x tb. She has the longest most floating trot ever but .... i couldn't do gymkhana games very successfully on her, don't think she would make the turns.


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Jan 10

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Tommytank says:

Re: Who prefers horses and who prefers ponies?

 I only ever ride Tommy he's 14 3 and has the most horrible trot ever, I rode a 16 2 andulucian in Spain and it was like riding a rocking horse in comparison.

But I do love a pony's attitude to life :)

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Aug 08

Posts: 2198

Re: Who prefers horses and who prefers ponies?

I'm a pony person through and through. I've worked with a lot of horses and ponies, the last yard I worked with was new forest ponies which were complete deliquents, they did typical pony things like put their head between their necks to get me off (and yes it worked!!). The yard before that I worked with mainly big SJers and big stallions and they had nothing on ponies. The SJ ponies at the yard could clear 1.40m no problem and some of the big horses couldn't even do that, I find that ponies have so much more character and are fearless!

Norwegian Fjords - the golden horses with the golden hearts. Minty, Loki, Teiko, Willow, Cherry & Charlie - my lovely ponies :)

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Apr 10

Posts: 430

lauralou15 says:

Re: Who prefers horses and who prefers ponies?

 I think I prefer the height and as others have said the smoothness of horses rather than ponies...Guinness was 14.2hh and his trot was a little too bouncy to be comfortable and his canter the smae then when he was sold I had a couple of hacks on Tetley (until he was sold as well *insert eye roll*) and he was 15.2hh but the difference in his trot and canter was amazing!! he was sooo smooth I felt like I was floating!! 

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