So, as much as my dear TB mare Bobbie has come along in leaps and bounds, she is still a ways off in terms of soundness of mind for eventing, perhaps next year.
But this lil guy, 13.2hh of awesomeness! Meet Pistol Pete, a little pony with a big attitude. Wicked to ride, bold as they come and a more honest pony you couldn't wish for. He's not mine so if you wish to comment on anything just bear that in mind These were his first sessions with cavaletti so he is just learning.
First lot of pictures are from his very first cavaletti session, I realise that my reins are very long but that is the way I ride on horses that haven't done cavaletti before, nothing worse than catching a young horse in the mouth.
Second lot of pictures were taken after we did some gridwork, working on snapping those lil knees up, we'll get there... As for my position, well I did my best. Jumping a very small and green pony is kinda like trying to do stunts on a monocycle so I stayed out of his way as best I could, I do have trouble with chicken arms cos I seem to run out of neck real quick on Petey ha ha.
I can just picture this guy eating up a XC course! Of course, the fitness would be a definite obstacle to overcome first, I am aware of this (like I said, not my horse).
If only he was as big as he thinks he is! He is convinced he is a 17hh warmblood ha ha.
Anyone ever evented small ponies before? How did you fare? I wish there was a pony eventing circuit, I just can't imagine that those tiny legs would fare all that well over a full distance XC course, that is a lot of extra strides for them.
And after some gridwork, the knees were slightly more tidy:
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And just another shot cos he's cute. I just realised that I wear my Agent Orange T-Shirt far too much. Sigh. I do shower and change between rides I promise.