So I've been taking care of this colt at our rescue for 2 years now, we got him at 8 months old. But seeing as when I'm at the rescue I have 0 time for him his training has stopped been painfully slow. Recently the opportunity opened up for me to take him home so I can get serious with his training. I'll most likely keep him forever.
He's a Gypsy Vanner Shetland Pony cross. His mom was the Shetland, she was about 9 hands tall. We don't know anything about his dad, other than that he was obviously a gypsy. The story is that the mom was a petting zoo/pony ride pony who got loose. 3 weeks after having the foal they were sent to auction together where someone picked them up. When he was weaned they sold him, but he was seriously aggressive and obnoxiously herd bound and the new owner instantly sent him to our rescue. He was quickly gelded and his serious issues disappeared.
SO, now I'm thinking about taking him home!
He's just about 3 y/o now and about 13.2hands - I guess I'm wondering if he's going to beef up anymore at this age? Based on weight alone I could ride him, but I'm used to riding 1500-1800 pounds monsters, so I'm already feeling a little silly thinking about riding him xD I'll probably wait until he's closer to 4 to start any mounted work, but will he get wider?
This was him when we got him:
Or if you have any other comments on his conformation or anything that might be something I should watch out for?