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    03-18-2011, 11:51 AM
Tell me about Connemaras

I have an option to lease a 17 year old Connemara mare. I haven't ridden her yet and have only seen pictures so far. I've heard that they are a really versitile breed and are great jumpers. I'd love to hear about your experiences with the too if you've got them!

I know they are considered ponies but it seems like they are fine for adult riders, right? This mare is 15.1 hands and I'm 5'6 with a pretty long leg...I should fit, right?
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    03-19-2011, 01:08 AM
They are great for adults, I helped back/start a Connemara and she was very willing and responsive. And I'm 5' 6" and my mare is probably 14.2 smaller horses can carry more weight (and height) than people will give them credit for. A 13.3 horse with a shirt back and good confirmation who is conditioned can carry 250 easily
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    03-19-2011, 03:29 AM
Well connies have to be my favorite breed. But I'm biased! :p I wouldn't recommend them for children or beginners as they are so strong and smart which I've seen become a recipe for disaster. They are so so talented at anything you face them at! And jumping is deffinatley there forte!! My boy Jack, is jumping 1mtr 30 and he is 14hh. And deffinatley adults can ride them.. That's manly what I see on them. I know in my show circuit of breed classes I'm the only child riding one.. They are so honest and thrive on the one on one relationship, and once you bond with them they literally give there whole heart to you and will trust you with anything.. There bred max height is 14.2 over that they can't be registerd, but there are always some that go over height. I love them..I would snap her up in a heartbeat if I were you. I will post pics of Jack when I get back to school.. Message me if you want anymore info on them. I am happy to help! :)
    03-19-2011, 04:45 AM
My boy, Kahean Jack of Diamonds-

    03-19-2011, 11:02 AM
Green Broke
I love connies!! Best breed ever, they are athletic, intellegent, quirky and generaly all round fun ponies.

Whilst the vast majority love jumping some don't. My lad hated jumping however he found medium level (3rd level) dressage very easy.

There are 2 types of connie,
1) the good old fashioned type with a leg at each corner, up to weight and masses of good quality flat bone.
2) the finer sports horsey type. These have less bone, generaly pushing the height limit and look more of a horse than a pony. I am not a fan at all!

I would say that some connies are suitable for novices, some are most deffinatly not.
Stan my lad would have knocked the confidence of a novice and ground it into dust, when he was good he was very very very good and when worked in by an adult could be trusted in the show ring with a kid but without being worked in or if he was in a bad mood he would plant you face first into the dirt, Out on a hack he was very very quirky, jumping poles he didnt do at all and XC he was suicidal.
Anouther connie I knew (Gliss) was 14.2hh medium level dressage mare who needed to slow down, she bred 2 foals and then aged 15 my cousin bought her for her 6 yearold daughter. Gliss never put a foot out of line.

This was my lad Ballinasloe Hero - (stable name Stan), he is a good old fashioned type.

And just prooving he was not a kids pony (he decided to take hold and race the 17hh hunter that we were in the championship with!)
    03-19-2011, 11:53 AM
I've never ridden a connemara, but there used to be a conn/TB cross at my barn. He had AMAZING gaits. A grand-prix level rider said she thought he had the potential to go to the Olympics with the right person. From what I;ve seen of them you're very lucky to get to lease one! :)

Faye, do you not use a saddle pad when you ride? Or is there a contured one under there? If you don't, is there a benefit to not?
    03-19-2011, 01:35 PM
Green Broke
No I don't use a saddle pad. The saddle was custom made to fit that pony and fit like a glove. When not in the show ring I did use a thin one just to keep the saddle cleaner.

If a saddle is fitted properly then there is no need for a saddle pad at all, infact if the saddle is fitted without a saddle pad then using one can cause the saddle to become too narrow and to pinch!

No saddle pad looks better in the showring. You can use a very discreate shaped one but ones that fit show saddles properly and are invisible enough have to be custom made for your saddle and they offen cost 120
    03-19-2011, 03:07 PM
I love Connemara's! My favourite breed. They are amazing!

And wow Faye I live like very near Ballinasloe in Ireland XD Do you know it or did the pony come with the name? Ballinasloe is in Galway which is where Connemara's are from =)
    03-19-2011, 07:23 PM
Green Broke
The pony came with the name. Ballinasloe is the Stud prefix that the breeders used.
His sire was Ashfield Miller and his dam was Derrycoyle lucky lady. Ashfield and derrycoyle being stud prefixes
    03-19-2011, 10:48 PM
Originally Posted by faye    

There are 2 types of connie,
1) the good old fashioned type with a leg at each corner, up to weight and masses of good quality flat bone.
2) the finer sports horsey type. These have less bone, generaly pushing the height limit and look more of a horse than a pony. I am not a fan at all!
I agree %100 I really don't like the modern look Connie.. They remind me of barrels on toothpicks.. Stan is absolutely stunning btw.. Jack sounds very similar he would crush a beginners or Childs confidence.. They are also very good at dressage jack is doing Novice dressage at the moment..

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