The Saga of the Outgrown Pony

26 Dec


I am terrible at letting go of things.  I get very attached to my animals.  I’ve struggled over the past year with letting go of our outgrown pony.   I’ve gotten very attached to her but the kids have outgrown her in size and ability.

So, this coming year am going to find a good home for her.  She is a perfect starter pony – kids can pick her feet, saddle and bridle her and we trained her far more than the usual pony under 12 hands– she moves off the leg and sidepasses.  She has finesse and knows voice commands.

But being a smart pony mare, she can be stubborn.  That is, in my opinion, preferable to evil ponies that run off with their kids.  She has been in numerous large show classes and just did her job and didn’t get involved in any horse nonsense.

The first year we had her, when she was 6 years old, someone came up to me at a show and asked, “where did you find a trusty old packer pony?”

I explained she was a 6 year old pony at her first overnight show and had never been to the fairgrounds before.  She was just born a good pony.  I think she placed in every class.

At one show, Gypsy was not wanting to go and was being lazy.  The trainer next to me said that ponies teach kids so much- she could put a pony rider on any horse and they could ride, but you could not put just any horse rider on a pony.  She said to keep the kids on a pony as long as possible.

Which we did.  One day the pony said enough.  She said I am not cantering with this giant kid on my back.  She planted her feet and refused to move.

So wish me luck that Gypsy finds a home that loves her as much as we do and that I can let go.


5 Responses to “The Saga of the Outgrown Pony”

  1. pigeon1970 December 26, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    The day you send her to a new home, I will come hold your hand if you want and make you a cup of tea and hand you tissues. You will be okay.

    • A New Path December 26, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

      Thank you, Carol. You are a good friend.

  2. onahorse December 27, 2013 at 2:11 am #

    Best of luck finding a good new home for her – I could well imagine how heartbreaking this must be.

  3. aspireequestrian December 27, 2013 at 5:39 am #

    She sounds like such a special pony, I hope you’ll find her a great new home. It’s very true what the trainer said at the show, I too agree that riding a pony [well] often requires more knowledge and skill than showing same level on a horse. Sadly, in general horses allow people to bully them into submission but ponies have more self-assurance for that.

    I currently teach a girl who rides 138cm pony which she is worrying about outgrowing but who is teaching her a lot more about dressage, straightness, balance and understanding than a 16.2hh horse she also rides.

    Good luck with the search! ,

    • A New Path December 27, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

      Thank you. I think you really hit the nail on the head with your observation that you can’t bully a pony due to their self-assurance. They are good teachers! I think also that when they do bond to a kid, they take their job of teaching them very seriously!

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