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.