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post #1 of 54 Old 07-24-2020, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Journal of a Fairy Princess Pony

I can't keep putting off starting my journal, although my pony is still without her forever-name. So much happens every day that I don't want to keep missing the opportunity to share.

So, please officially meet my dream pony. 6yo, 13.3, bay paint (though her paint marks, as you can see, are subtle). Her breed and origins before about two years ago are unknown. But, she went through an auction and ended up being saddle-broke by a too-large man before being essentially rescued by the seller I bought her from, who trained her for about 8 months and brought out her stunning potential. She's been in one local rated show and placed top-3 in every class out of 12 (equitation, pleasure, multiple jumping classes).

She is greener than I meant to end up with. But after trying 8 other ponies that didn't pan out (she was my 9th, which also happens to be my lucky number), I felt a spark with her and my trainer felt she was the best match for me out of all of them. She's quite sensitive, extremely intelligent, willing, and really doesn't seem to have a mean bone in her body. I do realize not having a dead-broke horse will mean plenty of challenges, along with opportunities.

My long-term goals for now are humble - polishing her ground manners, a little low level dressage and jumping (no showing in the immediate future, but hopefully down the road), and helping her become confident with basic trail riding.

My short-term goals: decide on the perfect name for my little fairy princess and get a saddle that fits. (Saddle fitters were all booked for weeks/months out so I still haven't been able to ride her since bringing her home. I have one scheduled now in about a week and a half.)

An almost 30-year-old with a pony!? Well, I'm pony-sized myself at 4'10", and never had the opportunity to outgrow ponies since I only began riding as an adult about half a decade ago. (I never had the opportunity to be a Pony Clubber!) And, after trying out equines of all sizes, I realized I am most confident and comfortable on the little ones. I like that pony "sass" as well.

I leave you with some pictures. More to come.
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post #2 of 54 Old 07-24-2020, 10:14 AM
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The name will come! I've found with all my pets that I typically start with some idea of what I want to call them, but when those don't pan out, eventually something appropriate just sort of "sticks." Often times, I feel they've found a way to name themselves. I have a cat named Ellie, short for elusive. It took forever to name her, and I tried every name for an orange, female cat I could think of. It wasn't until I was explaining to her vet that she was a very elusive personality that I realized how much that word really described her. For a while, that just served as her name, until we started shortening it to Ellie, and it stuck from there. We also adopted a stray (or the stray adopted us) orange tabby, who was probably in his 20s and had his tail broken in 3 places, 1 tooth and was blind in an eye, that we referred to as "orange cat" while he was living under the house. Once he moved in, his name became "OC" for a while, until watching "Oliver and Company," where the name "Oliver" took over. Your mare is beautiful, and there's nothing wrong with a pony size! I liked short horses too when I took lessons, and think I still would as an adult. Looking forward to reading!
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post #3 of 54 Old 07-24-2020, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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I'll refer to her as PP for now (Princess Pony) until I've got her name down.

PP has adjusted to the barn so well in the week and a half I've had her. She's in 3 acre 24/7 turnout with 2 other mares. One of the other mares (the alpha, for sure) was pushy for a few days but now they are all the best of friends - it's adorable. They're almost always found munching away on some hay together.

She was a bit herd-bound and anxious for a few days last week as she settled in. She was very pacey on the cross-ties and reactive to sounds. I worked on this with her with some treats and so she can see it's a safe, relaxing place and she has improved almost completely. (The only trouble I've still had is her pawing due to flies, ugh - flies.) Last weekend my husband and I also introduced her to the wash-area. She didn't like it, but we took it slow and she was a really good girl. Not a full bath - just a little hosing to cool her down and wash the sweat off. I've also made an effort just to bring her to that area to graze nearby, so she doesn't equate walking that way with something she doesn't like.

PP had her first farrier appointment yesterday since being mine! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to be there due to the late notice (wanted to get her on the schedule with a farrier who already comes to the barn for other horses, so didn't have flexibility), so another horse's owner offered to hold her for me. She said PP was being pushy in the cross-ties and they had to do some groundwork with her to get her to calm down. It seems she reverted back with me not being there, so I'll have to work more on getting her to stand and let her feet be held. I will also definitely be there for her next appointment in 6 weeks.

I visit her daily to groom and love on her, and work her for about 30 minutes doing ground work and lunging (since I don't have a saddle, no riding). She has some attitude on the lunge that my trainer is helping with - she gets quick and will try to pull from the circle. Even that has improved though as she learns what I want.
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post #4 of 54 Old 07-24-2020, 12:13 PM
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She is absolutely adorable. Looking forward to following.
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post #5 of 54 Old 07-24-2020, 12:25 PM
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I got it!!!! "Twinkle" or "Twink"

She is quite gorgeous. REally pretty head.
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post #6 of 54 Old 07-24-2020, 12:28 PM
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She is adorable - and I actually like "Fairy Princess" as a name.
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post #7 of 54 Old 07-24-2020, 06:55 PM
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Yay, I was hoping you'd start a journal! :) I agree with SwissMiss, Fairy Princess is a cute name and she could be Fai (like Faye) for short.
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She's stunning! I'm 5' myself, and like my horses around 14.2 so I get it! Have fun and keep up the good work with her!
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post #9 of 54 Old 07-25-2020, 03:46 AM
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Originally Posted by NavigatorsMom View Post
I agree with SwissMiss, Fairy Princess is a cute name and she could be Fai (like Faye) for short.
Or Fae like The Fae (the little people), since you and her are Fae-ish sized :)

She is so pretty. Have fun.
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post #10 of 54 Old 07-25-2020, 05:30 AM
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Originally Posted by MeditativeRider View Post
Originally Posted by NavigatorsMom View Post
I agree with SwissMiss, Fairy Princess is a cute name and she could be Fai (like Faye) for short.
Or Fae like The Fae (the little people), since you and her are Fae-ish sized 🙂

She is so pretty. Have fun.
I like Fae as well. In Europe, you will often see the word fairy written as faerie.
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