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Koolio 12-17-2011 07:07 PM

Sport Ponies Anyone?
This morning I picked up a 2y.o. Welsh x Hanovarian sport pony prospect. :D My plan is to train her this summer and show her a bit both in hand and under saddle once she is ready. I think she will make a very nice hunter or pony club mount. She is registered half Welsh and I have the paperwork partially filled out to apply for her North American Sport Pony Association registration.

As a newbie to the sport pony world, I had a few questions.

Any other adults out there ride or show sport ponies? If so, what do you like about them?
Is it worth going through the paperwork and inspection process to get a Sport Pony Registration? What is the value (aside from personal satisfaction) in doing so?

ponyone 12-18-2011 10:28 AM

I breed Sport Ponies and am a member of the NASPR.
I love my ponies, show them in hand and in dressage shows. My daughter does the hunters with hers. I think they are so much more fun to ride than horses. More manageable, not necessarily easier, they can be very quick.
The value of inspection for a filly is that you have them evaluated for breeding in the future. If it were a gelding I would say don't, there is really nothing in it for you.
There are lots of programs and awards that you can go for, and IBC classes.
The NASPR is very easy to deal with, the people in the office knowledgable and easy to talk to. The inspections are very educational.
They are also very helpful when buying or selling.
What is your ponies bloodlines? I have a hanovarian/welsh, she is by Ridley.
Good luck with your new pony!

Koolio 12-18-2011 10:54 AM

Thanks for the info Ponyone! My mares bloodlines include the Welsh study Alvesta Picasso (3 generations back) and Warmblood stud Wodan (Han) (1 gen back). I don't know much about Welsh or Hano bloodlines, but am familiar with Picasso. I chose this mare because I really liked her overall build and she seems to be a really sweet horse with a great head on her shoulders.

So you show and ride your ponies in dressage yourself? You don't find them too small? I am 5'3" and hoping my girl will make 14 hands so we won't look too awkward under saddle. She is 13'1" now but seems to have some growing left to do.

ponyone 12-18-2011 02:27 PM

LOL, I am 5'8" tall, and my dressage pony is 13.3H. He is my avatar photo. GRP by Benno's Dream, his dam was welsh.
My welsh mare lines are very old lines. She has Downland Chevalier and Solway Master Bronze up close.
I love riding my pony, I never feel like I am on a pony unless I am right next to someone on a big horse.
I have yet to have any judge penalize me for being big on him, or for him being too small. I have gotten lots of great comments as well.
Some of the clinicians I have ridden with have made the comment that "When he is together and stepping way up from behind, you forget all about his size!"
One time in a clinic we were trotting a large circle, I was sharing my time with another lady on a big horse, and the clinician kept saying now just try to keep up with the pony! It was very funny! But is true, he has a big trot for a little guy.
A two year old has some growing left to do. My guy is 6 and just grew two inches in the last year and a half.

Koolio 12-18-2011 05:06 PM

Again, thanks for sharing! I get what you mean about feeling small next to a big horse. I have an almost 17 hand Clyde x Appy gelding and a 16'2" Appendix mare that make the pony look like a midget!

Your gelding is lovely. From the avatar photo, I didn't even consider he might be a pony. Also good to know about growth rates of these little guys. I did the "string test" (for what it's worth) and my pony should mature to just over 14 hands- ish. Others have comments she is not likely to grow much more being 2, but something about her body tells me she has a ways to go yet. Even at the size she is now, she had no problem keeping up with my Arab galloping through the fields today. She certainly didn't look very ponyish when she stretched out to run alongside the big guys.

ponyone 12-18-2011 05:41 PM

You said she is a Hanovarian cross. So she will probably grow like a warmblood. That is what mine do. There may always be exceptions. But they will grow slowly for quite some time after two. My welsh stop at three usually. But the GRPs, and warmblood crosses definately keep going.
You need to share photos of your girl!

Koolio 12-18-2011 06:37 PM

Here's a picture of the little girl. She's right fuzzy with her long winter coat, but cute as a button just the same. I can't wait to see what she looks like all shedded out. She does have a bit of a hay belly.

Cacowgirl 12-18-2011 06:54 PM

She's a cutie pie! In a "perfect" world I try to keep my mounts between 13 & 14 hands. A favorite from my past though was 12.2 & 1/2 hands-she was Welsh/Paso & a gaiting fool-outwalked some really big TWH!

ponyone 12-18-2011 07:05 PM

She is a cutie! Its hard to tell by those photos, but seems to have a nice shoulder, neck to shoulder transition and a good strong hind end. She will be a lot of fun to ride!

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