Originally Posted by faye
loosie, doesnt tend to be the section A's (welsh mountain ponies) but the section C's and D's perticularly the D's are known for being "hot." why hasnt it been bred out? Well that would be because it was purposely bred in for the show ring.
I actually disagree about the section A's - like the others they can be wonderful - my boys had section A's as lead rein and first ridden ponies and they were fantastic but I've also come across some dreadful ones - for eg. My one time boss bought a foal as a companion for the first foal they bred, it was handled daily, always around a busy yard that was attached to a working farm and yet even when it was old it was still a high strung nervous wreck of a thing and would do anything to avoid being ridden including lie on the floor and flip over backwards.
I had a 13.2 section C that as a child that jumped really well, wasn't spooky but was so fizzy he was like a well shaken bottle of 'pop' all the time
I actually find the section B's can be the worst, they started to look like mini TB's.
When I was a teenager I used to 'hang out' at a local riding school/dealer/competition yard and a dealer from Shropshire called Tom Bowdler used to send loads of welsh ponies to the owner to be ridden on and a lot of them just never accepted the stresses of daily life even when surrounded by all the goings on there.
For a guess I think it could be related to the Arabian blood that they poured into them to get a pony with a big body and a small pretty head, maybe some bad genes from way back that keep on emerging and not helped when someone gets a 'bad' mare and decides to breed from it because they can't do anything else with it