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    02-22-2009, 06:01 PM
Thinking about buying... (possible eventer?)

Fiona is a 13.2 (with a permanent Medium pony card!) Welsh cross at my barn. And she is adorable, and I lovelovelove her and lately have been thinking about purchasing her.

She is only 5 and still pretty green. Plus due to the fact that she wasn't socialized much as a baby (or that's my theory, my barn didn't own her until she was 4) she used to be very nervous. But just having someone (me!) riding her and spending time with her more often she has gotten so much more relaxed. She has accepted that human contact is just fine by her (she didn't not like it before she just wasn't so sure she liked being scratched and loved. She was confused by the whole ordeal) and doesn't run from you when you try to get her in the field anymore. So I say progress!

She has competed "C" rated pony jumpers and gotten Grand Champion every time, and even went in the 3 foot money class and got a 3rd against the 17hh warmbloods despite the fact that she knocked every top pole in the triple and one random one but that was in Sept. And w/ a different rider and we've been working on that and she doesn't knock at all under 3 foot and at 3 foot and over she doesn't knock if you really ride her to it and lift her over it. Plus she does not refuse. At all. She has only refused once when I was riding her and that was when the sun blinded her.

I really want to event her, and I think she would be excellent at it. But considering I have never evented I'm really just going on gut there.

Now for pictures. Please keep in mind that she is only 5, and as I said, still green.

Oh and feel free to critique me too, we can all use some improvement.

A hunter show! The little jumper pony does well in hunters too. We got reserve despite the fact that I look a lot like a duck.

Schooling at a show... that was when she was a wooly mammoth. My eq is bad in this one...

I got kinda left behind on this one. This picture really doesn't show it though. Just schooling at home.

This one don't critique the rider as its not me. Fi on flat.

Anyway, what do you think?
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    02-22-2009, 06:32 PM
I'm not sure if you wanted crituque on yourself, but...

You look like a capable rider, and as soon as you can get away from the crest release, I would. In several pictures you have the 'no release' where your hands are only a few inches in front of the withers, and you can see where the pony wants to put her neck down and stretch, but she can not. Your hands want to be lower for the automatic release, and if you're doing jumpers/eventing, it is absolutely necessary.

She is very pretty and cute, but how old are you? By the time she gets into her 'groove' around 7 or 9 or so, you might be too big to ride her. Is that something you can afford, or want to do? You might be better off getting something a little bigger that will last you longer; if you're like most people, you just can't keep buying horses when you get bigger.

She has a nice jumping form, but in my opinion I'd try to get something a little bigger so you can grow into it, not grow out of it. ;)
    02-22-2009, 06:50 PM
Haha I'm 15 and done growing at a massively tall height of 5 feet. I haven't grown since I was 11 and the doctor says I'm done, so I don't think that's a problem. But I appreciate the concern.

As for the release, thank you for your advice and I have been working on it. I'm just having difficulties. But your quite right, and I completely agree with you.
    02-22-2009, 06:57 PM
It's not something that happens overnight; good to here you've been working on it already. ;)

The doctors said I was done growing at 5 foot too... and I'm 5'3". Three inches doesn't seem like a lot, but it can always make a difference for serious showing. For people who are tiny like us, we're good mounts for the ponys when the kids can't ride 'em. ;) If you're going to stick with jumpers and maybe eventers, then you'll be alright... but if you want to get into serious competition with Hunters, the judges probably won't place you if you look just the slightest bit big on the pony. Sigh, hunter judges. She also tucks too much for A hunters--they seem to favor a more open knee angle.
    02-22-2009, 07:08 PM
Oh I don't plan on doing any major hunters. I don't really like it very much. I prefer jumpers a lot more. And, I think I'll like eventing, not sure yet as I haven't tried it, but I sure do like watching it better than hunters.

Speaking of eventing, I know its probably rather hard to tell from just pictures but does she look apt for it?

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