I got my first pony in the 1960's, a registered shetland. Then in 69 my dad retired and we moved to Southern California. Had a neighbor with 20+ ponies. I started hanging out there and that was where I spent every day after school and every weekend. His wife and him hauled me and 2 other horse crazy girls to the pony harness races almost every weekend and to the Pony Wheeler shows in Norco when they went on. Everyone wanted the fastest harness racing pony, so they started crossing them with Standardbred stallions and I still have 2 mares that go back to the first crossbred ponies we raced.
I stayed short and never outgrew ponies, so been riding them most of my life. Got my first gaited pony in 1973 and just lost him last year. These days I like to camp and trail ride. I now own a pony sized Missouri Fox Trotter stallion, the 2 gaited pony mares and 9 purebred Icelandics. I have a small 52 acre farm in the Ozarks about 5 miles from the MFTHBA association headquarters. There is not too much that I haven't done with my ponies and I love riding the gaited ones.