Tempted to event this lil guy...

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    04-04-2011, 11:18 AM
Green Broke
Tempted to event this lil guy...

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.

Pete 3.jpg

Pete 2.jpg

Pete 1.jpg

And after some gridwork, the knees were slightly more tidy:


Petey 2 (2).jpg

Petey 4 (2).jpg

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.
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    04-04-2011, 11:43 AM

Do not discredit the abilities of those little guys! There are quite a few pint sized rockets in the Area 8 Eventing Circuit here, at all different stages.

Here are some pony's rocking it out in my area:

Cam 1 XC Sun - jsphotography-net's Photos | SmugMug

Cam 1 XC Sun - jsphotography-net's Photos | SmugMug

Cam 1 XC Sun - jsphotography-net's Photos | SmugMug

Cam 1 XC Sun - jsphotography-net's Photos | SmugMug

Cam 1 Stadium Sunday - jsphotography-net's Photos | SmugMug

Cam 1 Stadium Sunday - jsphotography-net's Photos | SmugMug

You get the point :P

I say why not! Give it a shot! He seems very capeable, as are you!
    04-04-2011, 11:47 AM
Green Broke
That is good to know, LOVED those photos MIE thanks for posting!! Especially that grey pony, he looks like a mean machine, awesome.

I will sometimes ride him a little like a child too (i.e. Not micromanaged, loose reins), just to get him used to the feeling of it. He is very good about it and behaves like a little champion. I hope one day that he can take a competent little rider around a course with no problems. Until then I plan to enjoy him mooohahaha.
    04-04-2011, 11:55 AM

I think that cutie patootie definitely has potential! That grey pony power, was doing Training Level 3'3". They did Richland Park too, which is a 3* Rated Course where Olympic Eventers come and compete at...which is a hop,skip,and a jump from where I am. MWWUUAA HA HA HA HA! *ahem*

If that pony can do it :) So can your little feller!
    04-04-2011, 12:03 PM
Green Broke
That is incredible, it makes me happy to see little guys tearing up courses like that, I would just love to ride a round on that little grey!

As for Petey, well, as soon as we shave off....oh....like 100 pounds he he. He has a good eating muscle.
    04-04-2011, 12:05 PM
Hack girly! Get out and hack! That's your best bet for the both of you. While out there, work on TONS of 2 point position, transitions, hills, trots on open fields or strait aways. Etc, etc.
    04-04-2011, 12:09 PM
Green Broke
Sound advice, as always
    04-04-2011, 05:29 PM
Ack, he is such a cutie!!! Do it!
    04-04-2011, 05:39 PM
Omg haha so cute it looks like he reallly enjoys it also DO IT! And kick all the big horses bums lol ;)
    04-04-2011, 05:59 PM
Size has nothing to do with it! Google Theordore O'Connor. Karen O' Connor's little pony that did Rolex a few times. Awesome pony. 14.2 I believe. A few weeks ago I was at a recognized event doing BN with my greenie. I listened to 10 rides after mine to compare times (I want to start doing some jumpers). Everyone was about 8-10 seconds slower than my horse and I. Except for this little pony that couldn't have been more than 14 hands. Probably 13 something. He BEAT my time by one second haha.

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