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Friday, September 30, 2016

Riding and Ponies

So this summer my plan was to sell both Trio and Dee.  Really want to get down to 3 horses and that would make 4 but 4 I really like and want to keep them all so I guess for now 4.  Well I had Dee listed for sale this spring had a lot of interest but only 2 people came and I know the one guy and I knew it wasn't what he wanted but he came anyways lol.  And the other guy called back and liked her but really wanted her more broke, not sure why he called back but I think he was hoping I would lower the price more but I'm not offering that he didn't suggest it and so then I was so busy with branding I pulled her ad down and figured Id list her later after I rode her more and got her nicer.  Well then the summer was so wet and then bugs that I hardly rode at all.  So she got turned out and left, like everyone else.

Well I do love driving and was gonna get Pally going, not sure if shes ever done it but shes sensible enough I think she would be good.  So I got a cart no harness yet, but was still awful weather for being outside.

Then last week I saw an ad for a driving pony, he loves it done it a ton and that would be even better for me cause I'm pretty beginner, done it a few times but not enough to be real comfortable with it.  hes been driven with a stoneboat pulling and in a cart so excellent.  Well I don't need another horse so I asked if she would trade, gave both Trio and Dee as options and after I told her Dee gets herdbound and doesn't steer very well but is totally safe she says that's exactly what she wanted!  What????  she is tired of unsafe and can deal with others and they have a bunch of grandkids who ride and want to train a horse but she wants them safe too so she will work for that as well, and they never ride alone so that part isn't a big deal.

So we made a plan to meet in Brooks and try them out.  Well I got there early planned on riding first cause if I gotta haul down and pay might as well make it worthwhile.  So I took Razz too.  Got there and she said was running late which turned out to be a good thing cause they were doing motorcross bikes across the road and Dee thought that was awful.  didn't care when she could see them but they would make noise and then just appear.  So we wandered over there and after a few large snorts she was ok with them, sorta.  I saddled Razz and then they showed up.  We did the pony first, he seems so quet, he looked around a bit at all the new stuff but not worried then they put the harness on him and it was all work.  We never hooked up the stoneboat cause woulda scared everyone elses horses cause they are super loud but I had seen videos of it earlier.  I drove him around and messed up and  he just waited till I figured it out.  They lowered the traces and the guy pulled on them while driving and he just put his head down and worked.  Yay exactly what I wanted!!
(just waiting)

(around the building is a tame rabbit, hes so cute!)

I was worried then that he was way nicer than Dee and I kinda said so but they wanted to see her anyways so I saddled and bridled her and got on the mounting block and opeend the gate on her, not perfect but she did it.  Then she didnt want to leave Razz as normal but a few small circles she started listening and then I did a bunch of figure eights and circles and walking and trotting and even a few loping steps.  Then he got on and rode her she was pretty nice for him, he loped almost half the arena that surprised me.  Called a few times but still listened.  They liked her, whew.  so we made the deal and now I own a pony called Jumping Jax or Jax for short.  Haven't done a lot with him as I been up at the supreme and I have no harness but soon :)  Hes also been rode but not very much, he acts like its his 3rd ride which is fine, I don't wanna ride him anyways.

Afterwards I rode Razz in the arena there, shes so fun but somehow always wants to go as fast as possible in the arena, I'm sure its my fault so we did a bunch of arena stuff I haven't done on her in a long time and didn't take her long to remember it all.   But since I had my trailer hooked up already on Monday loaded up Jess and Razz and went riding in the fall colors so pretty to ride this time of year.
(good ole Jess :))

Rode Jess first in the arena then ponied Razz out around the field then came back had lunch and it was so nice we went again haha, this time I rode Razz, poor girl had 2 long days.


Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Congrats on a successful trade. Did you just want to drive more than ride? Do you think you'll compete?

TeresaA said...

Congratulations on the new pony- but I have to laugh at wanting to downsize but in the end staying the same.....

Shirley said...

That's a good trade when you each get one suitable to your needs. He's a cute li'l guy! Neat colour. Hope you find some harness soon, maybe you can hook him to a sled this winter!

Country Gal said...

Great looking pony , love his colouring . I had a driving pony when I was younger on the farm . I had to train him for riding but he was as good as gold and aimed to please he was a Welsh pony 12 hands , gelding , flea bitten grey and as gentle as heck , Clyde his name was I loved that pony . Hope you and your new pony have fun driving , hey hook him up to a sled now that would be fun in the winter . Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

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Emma said...

I hope you get to use the sled this winter, it's so much fun!