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post #11 of 22 Old 12-15-2012, 04:37 PM
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Hackney Ponies!
When I was getting my mare, I had several people nearly beg me to get my money back and not drive almost three states away to get her.
Almost everyone I talk to shy away and think mean and snobby with a horrible trot for riding. But personally I find her gait to be the most comfortable thing I've been on. And her temperament is beyond amazing.

They're beauty is beyond anything else I've seen, too. I'm talking about their natural gait, not the one that is furthered by training. Bunny's trot is so graceful, poll at the proper place and her back rounded, all just while playing in the pasture!

Their versatility too, beyond being just cart horses, I take Bunny on trails, LONG (25mile) rides, gymkhana and how much she loves jumping is incredible!

I could go on... (:

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post #12 of 22 Old 12-15-2012, 05:44 PM
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I vote Eriskay ponies!!!

They are a rare breed now, only about 400 left in the world. They are a west coast relative of the Highland pony, only purer, without the Hackney/Arab/Welsh blood that went into Highland ponies. They are around 13-13.3hh, and are stubborn little sods... but make great kids ponies, can carry adults, can jump, and have so much character...

Here are two of the six Eriskays I have known personally, just after I broke them in (they are full sisters), with myself and my sister on them (:
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post #13 of 22 Old 12-15-2012, 05:53 PM
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Loving the hair-doo ^^^^^

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post #14 of 22 Old 12-15-2012, 11:34 PM
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I'll throw a couple out there that I think are under represented and I'd like to see more stories of.

Standardbred's - These guys can make some of the most awesome family horses and typically I always see them making funny faces. Cracks me up. I've never owned one though.

Appaloosa's - ORIGINAL kind. Not a spotted Quarter Horse but the real Appy's with the rat tails and weird coarse manes. Big hard feet and the attitude. Seems like they can go for days.
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post #15 of 22 Old 12-15-2012, 11:40 PM
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Don't know if anyone mentioned this, but Thoroughbreds. Most newcomers pass them up because they hear they're "crazy and hot-blooded" when really, it depends on the horse.
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post #16 of 22 Old 12-15-2012, 11:50 PM
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As a south african on this forum, it seems as if in the usa, everything BUT the quarter horse is an overlooked breed!ha ha!
I think here though, they themselves are overlooked... I don't see them around at all. Its all thoroughbreds and warmbloods and friesians.
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post #17 of 22 Old 12-15-2012, 11:52 PM
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Miniature horses

I feel like a lot of people like them for their cute factor but don't look at what all they can do. They also get a reputation for having the pony attitude. I never thought they would be much fun until I got one, but they are the true potatoe chip breed.

Fell ponies.

They are just so awesome and sturdy looking. What's not to love?
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post #18 of 22 Old 12-16-2012, 12:01 AM
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Don't know if anyone mentioned this, but Thoroughbreds. Most newcomers pass them up because they hear they're "crazy and hot-blooded" when really, it depends on the horse.
Most of the best beginner school horses I've known were OTTBs!

I'd vote for Standardbreds too - yes, they are mostly butt-ugly (although I've known a few pretty ones) but gee they're willing, sensible and up for anything once they're retrained for saddle.

I'm also going with Phly on grade horses - while I don't approve of deliberately breeding them I'd never write off a grade horse as I've known a lot of ones that while sometimes a bit funky looking did not have problematic conformation and had splendid temperaments. So if I saw one for sale I would definitely not just flip past it. My horse is grade - he doesn't have the awesome temperament but he is the most intelligent horse I've ever met (too intelligent...) and has got a truckload of pizzazz that would put the most hubristic Arabian colt to shame (and has before - Brock gave him one snort, arched his neck and the poor colt ran away!).
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post #19 of 22 Old 12-16-2012, 03:37 PM
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I am voting Standardbreds as they are often overlooked. I have never owned a horse that wanted me to fall off even less then I did. They do anything to keep you topside.

I also have to say I see a lot of people under rating drafts of any kind. They seem to think that in order to be a good horse it has to be crossed with something else. I have met some of the absolute sweetest drafts and they seem so willing.

I will also say that mules don't get enough respect in my book. A good mule is a great thing.
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post #20 of 22 Old 12-17-2012, 12:28 PM
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Minstrel--OMG SO CUTE!!! Those ponies are adorablex10 :)

I vote saddlebreds too! I have a 1/2 ASB that is AMAZING. He is so funny and so cute and we had so much fun jumping and running around (and still have fun together!!) back when he was still doing "real work"
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