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post #1 of 8 Old 01-23-2011, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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What Discipline to Retrain To?

So, I'm considering getting a four year old pony as something of a project to sort of restart, retrain, and sell or lease. I'm debating what direction I should take her in however. Should I make her into a western pleasure pony, a hunter/jumper pony... eventing... dressage? Does anyone know if there's more demand for a fancy kid's pony in one certain area?

I have more experience with dressage riding myself, but I've dabbled in most everything else and could probably set her on the right track. Mostly I'll just be giving her as solid a foundation of overall training as I can. Lots and lots and lots of ground work and a solid one rein emergency stop are on the agenda.

By the by, I don't have any delusions of making a profit on this venture. It would be super nice if I could at least break even, but I'd be mostly doing this as a passion thing because I hate to see the way this pony is being used and treated right now when she has such vast potential. It's also a way to see how effective a trainer I can really be.
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-23-2011, 10:10 PM
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An all around english pony is always in high demand.

There seems to be quite a need for hunter or jumper ponies though
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-23-2011, 10:32 PM
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An all around pony is definitely in demand right now. My barn is always looking for a little kid safe critter that can do a basic English (walk, trot, canter), wear a Western saddle on trails, and jump cross rails and such.
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Well, the pony in question has been ridden in western tack thus far... been on trails and to a few rodeos from what I've heard. She's only ever been ridden and "trained" by an eight year old girl however, so naturally there isn't a great deal of refinement. If I do get her, I may keep her an 'all-around'... though I'll probably stick more to the english realm because I'm most familiar with it. Even so, I plan on getting her to steer as much with leg and seat as rein, perhaps even getting some neck reining in eventually.
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I'd go for a nice little English Pleasure pony. Get her nice and slow and smooth, working well off leg, de-sensitize her, etc. Nothing beats a good, kid-safe, showable pony!
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All good advice! I'll definitely work towards this, though I think it could be a challenge to achieve the slow and smooth. She was used a bit as a gaming pony at the few rodeos she went to, so she's been riled up undersaddle in the past... and she's still pretty darn green. I think she's pretty unflappable in terms of things being "scary" though.
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I think it depends on area. In my area well trained english pony would be the best pick. As for western I noticed lots of people prefer to get their kids a big horse for the western/trails (so everyone in family could ride it as needed).
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I'm trying to do the same thing this year, more for the learning experience than for profit. It seems like a beginner/kid safe pony is what people want.

I'm also more experienced in english riding, particularly dressage. I plan to train the pony or horse in dressage, then start it over some cross rails and take it on the trails. I think a well behaved pony that a novice rider can handle is very marketable right now.

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