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Okay, a little background on my son's pony mare. The people I bought her from got her at auction, and knew no background on her whatsoever, save that she had a little bay weanling colt at her side when she was brought in that was sold separately. When the people I got her from put her up for sale, they advertised her as a haflinger, which to me she clearly isn't. I don't know my pony breeds well, but I am pretty familiar with haflingers, they are popular around here and she looks nothing like one save she is ALSO palomino.

She's a little thing - 11.2 hands. Not taped her for weight but I'd be surprised if she made much over 400 lbs. She's also very dainty, you can't really tell from these pictures because she has her winter fuzzies on but she's pretty light-boned. Her mane and tail are much thinner and shorter now than when she got here thanks to my cocklebur problem. And excuse her silly looking poof of a forelock in this picture - I combed out a mass of cockleburs yesterday and it's turned into a goofy looking thing, it used to be halfway down her face :( She normally has very, very thick, profuse mane and tail.

I've just kind of tagged her as a shetland/welsh cross because as I said, I really don't know my pony breeds well, so I thought I would see if anyone else has a better educated guess.








There is a heavy Amish population in my area, and they sell a lot at auction. I don't know if Misty is trained to drive, but I'm inclined to think so. Also she will NOT break into a canter. She'll do a lovely high stepping trot, and can do it remarably fast, but she will not canter with a rider no matter how much my son gets into her. She'll canter just fine in the pasture, but not with anyone on her back.
 

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She looks like she does have Shetland in there to me. What a cutie! I have a huge soft spot for palomino anything, nothing is cuter than a small golden palomino :)
 

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The trot you describe sounds like a cart trained horse. My younger brohter's first pony was cart trained and would trot liek that forever. :) She is gorgeous. I would probably go with the shetland/welsh cross, but I'm not big on pony breeds either.
 

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If she was cart trained and hates to canter, I wonder about Hackney pony? He head looks more Hackney pony-ish than Shetland or Welsh to me-- what kind of action does she show at the trot?

And OT, but PLEASE share pics of the giant spotty critter by her in one of the pics-- looks terribly interesting!!!

ETA-- DUH you already said she had lovely high action..... hmmmm... Hackney pony is sounding possible.....
 

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Despite what the pictures look like, there is nothing drafty about her build at all, she really is very light boned, I'm just terrible at taking pictures, I honestly am. I don't know what I did with the angle to make her head look like that in the pictures, she has quite a short, little head, kind of babydoll-ish but it looks enormous in those pictures. I really don't believe there is any haflinger there, and I'd be quick to think there was because they are so common around here, but she really just doesn't have it to me. Lots of breeds can carry the palomino/chestnut dilution gene. I didn't really consider hackney, she's definitely not full, but maybe hackney and shetland cross. She's dainty on her legs, but she has a pretty round, traditional shet.pony-sausage body, and kind of a thicker neck.

New Image, hehe my son fell head over heels for her when we went to look at her - I had really been looking for something a little bigger - that he could ride longer - but he fell in love and she is honestly the best darn little pony I've ever seen, she's awesome.

Smooth Trails, yes that is why I am guessing she is cart trained, although I have never tried to hitch her up. But she will trot at the speeds my gelding is cantering, her little legs just a blur, it's crazy. And like you said, she can do it all day and not break a sweat.

EastoWest - yes, she is very high stepping in her trot (again, under saddle. Not generally just in the pasture, unless she is showing off). Hee hee the big spotty boy in the picture has some pics posted on the this thread: http://www.horseforum.com/draft-horses/post-pics-your-drafts-draft-crosses-18520/page22/#post482276

I know it's not uncommon around here to see people covering small pony mares with mini stallions - but then while she is quite small, she seems to big for that. I don't know.
 

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I definitely see some Shetland in there too... Thick mane and tail, plus a thick neck. But she does have nice long legs, so she isn't full Shetland.... I think I agree with the Hackney mix... She is SO cute!!
 

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But she does look like this little guy who is a Welsh Shetland cross
 

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But she does look like this little guy who is a Welsh Shetland cross
Oh gosh, she looks JUST like him = though not quite as fuzzball yet....he's too cute! Maybe I was pretty close with my original guess, I just don't know many breeds so I thought there might be something I wasn't considering......I think that's about as close as you can get though!
 

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in this pic she looks very like a Welsh pony I knew - Section A to be precise, they are the smallest and daintiest of the Welsh ponies.

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Welsh section A pony

The Section A Welsh Pony is also known as the Welsh Mountain pony. Both the Section A and Section B ponies are more refined than those in Section C and D. They are characterized from the cob types by a large eye, small head (often with a dished face from the Arabian influence), high set on tail, and refined leg conformation, but retaining good bone and correctness.

The Welsh Mountain Pony (Section A) may not exceed 12.2 hands (50 inches, 127 cm) in the US or 12 hands (48 inches, 122 cm) in the United Kingdom.
entirely possible she's a purebred Welsh Section A :)
 

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Just a thought.... with the high stepping, ground covering trot, could she possibly have some Icelandic in there? She's a cutie and lucky you for finding a really "good" pony.
 

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in this pic she looks very like a Welsh pony I knew - Section A to be precise, they are the smallest and daintiest of the Welsh ponies.

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entirely possible she's a purebred Welsh Section A :)
She's 11.2 hands, she's light in the legs but kind of a heavier body - 'course, she's a little tubby as well. I'll have to get a better picture of her head - despite what these pictures look like, she really does have a very small, short head and big, pretty eyes - I assumed that was a shetland influence but who knows? Auction horses - I hate not knowing the history!
 

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Just a thought.... with the high stepping, ground covering trot, could she possibly have some Icelandic in there? She's a cutie and lucky you for finding a really "good" pony.
I would be really surprised if she was - Icelandics are very rare in this area, (in fact I've only ever seen them in breed parades) and I doubt if someone had one they would have sent it off to the shipshewana auction. Like I mentioned, the little girl that I bought her from thought she was a haflinger :?

I do know how lucky I am to have such a great little pony - whatever she is! Thanks :)
 

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i would say 3/4 welsh, and a dash of something else- here in uk i would say newforest. ( the only thing about her that doesnt look pure welsh is her head, which isnt really fine enough for a welsh) . . i dont think there is any shetland in her - she is just not chunky enough.
 

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she looks like a haflinger colour wise (where the confusion may be.)
I think she is a Highland pony

e.g. (tryed to get one simular colour)
 
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