M'kay, so I am jumping the gun a bit here, but I just couldn't resist any longer. I want your advice!
I'm located in the midwest US and have a lovely project pony. She sticks at 14.1hh and is a grade Morgan/QH. I do no know her actual age, but her teeth seem to say 8. I bought her in early February and have been training her fairly sporadically due to winter/riding other priority horses/her getting double barreled in the shoulder. Anywho, she was a backyard western pony and her main issue when I bought her was that she would invert her head and run her owner back to the barn. No buck, no rear. Just an inverted head.
Now she goes on the bit w/t and her only resistance is minor head tossing. She is a very smart pony and has been trying to outsmart me. Unfortunately for her, she has been failing at that. As for her canter, I really believe that she only knew whoa and GORUNAT FULL SPEED, so I'm trying to help her to figure out her balance. The canter needs work, but improves daily. It's still a bit rushy, but even so it is super smooth to sit to. She leg yields in the walk and trot, has a good whoa, turns on the forehand, rein back, and is learning counter flexion.
She loads and bathes and ties (solid or cross-ties). Lunges in a halter or in a bridle and also side reins (sliding side reins or ones with rubber doughnuts). Sweet personality, super people/kid-friendly, easy to catch (ten-year-old can catch her in a 30 acre field), gets along well in a herd of a dozen mares. Goes best in front shoes.
What would she be worth right now?
These are the things I plan to acomplish with her this summer:
Get her comfortable with clippers.
Go on a couple off-property trail rides.
Have some of the barn kids ride her.
Teach her to jump (trot poles at cross rails at the very least).
Get her going solidly w/t/c, working from back to front.
Take her to a schooling show and do some dressage and jumping classes.
What would she be worth after all of that?
I really do think that a kid or adult with short legs like me could have a blast with her and just do various activities or focus on one specific discipline and be competitive at it. My trainer thinks that she will excel as a child's dressage pony and my farrier thinks she could be a top notch hunter pony.
I hope to get some sale photos and video of her and put an ad up at the end of this month.
Here is the only confo shot I have of her which was taken the day after I brought her home. Ew. Don't worry, she has a sleek summer coat now and I pulled her mane. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...F/project6.jpg