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  1. #1
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    Default Ponies vs. Horses

    So, just out of curiosity those of you purchasing equine this year. . have you chosen Ponies or Horses.... . support your decision
    Willow Run Connemaras
    Home of: "Willow Boy" (*Chiltern Colm ex *Sillbridge Miranda by Thunderbolt)
    ~Irish Connemara Ponies for Sport and Pleasure~
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    Well I'm in the process of looking for a stud prospect and he will be pony all the way. I'm actually looking for a section C welsh. I'm only 5'2" and don't need a horse. I prefer the smaller package and yet do not want to give up the power. I'm beyond worrying about market, niches, what the future of dressage holds. I'm doing this for me and my future. As I get older I like not having to be so far up there. I have not purchased any equids in the last year but have been given one - and he is a section C welsh. He has a canter to die for and his trot isn't so bad either. I hope to see just how far he's willing to go. I will be taking him to a schooling show tomorrow and a recognized show next month (of course I'm taking a couple of other welsh too). Only time will tell



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    Thats a no brainer!! Ponies because that is all I do. Easier, cheaper, cuter!! Need I say more?
    ~*Adult Pony Rider Clique*~
    www.timberrunponies.com



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    I am riding a 6 yr old, section D Welsh Cob, that is 14.2 and 1/2. Also riding a, purchased, 4 yr old, Holst cross that is 15.1 and 1/2.
    I bred my Holst/SF mare to an Arab in '07 and bred back to the same sire for an '09 foal. The first foal, of this cross, is a definitive refinement of my mare--I won't say the '08 foal will be less than 16 hands, at this point. The mare is 16.2 hands and the stallion is 14.0. But the temperament on the yearling is very good, in my opinion.
    I have a 9 yr old that is 16.3+ from the Holst/SF mare bred to a TB/QH that was 16.0 and you have to have a mounting block to get on.
    I have no problem riding smaller horses. I'm 5'6" and not getting any younger and not bouncing as well as I used to.
    I am not purchasing anything in the future since I'm breeding my next riding horses assuming they survive their first few years of life....



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    Pony. Except no substitutes.
    Kelly
    It is rare to see a rider who is truly passionate about the horse and his training, taking a profound interest in dressage with self-abnegation, and making this extraordinarily subtle work one of the dominant motivations of his life.\"



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    Ponies. As usual.
    Quicksilver Farms, LLC
    "Welsh Hunter Ponies"
    Welsh Sec. B Stallions and
    Fancy Show Pony Prospects
    www.quicksilverponies.com



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    Ponies all the way! I have had many inquiries from people downsizing from horses to ponies already this year.... So I think that I will keep with my ponies
    Unbridled Oaks - Champion Sport Ponies and Welsh Cobs

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    Well, we *do* ponies always but that being said, there is nothing better than a good animal.

    In any size.
    Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver, Equine Insurance Specialist



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    Ponies here as well.



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    Glad to read about all the PONEELUVRS!! (My daughter told me to type it out using "texting"??? . . have no idea) At any rate, I'm glad we have such a good strong pony base of support. It is reassuring that "even in these times" we have dedicated breeders and enthusiasts to boast of all the quality traits and attributes that our lovely under 15H friends can offer the equine world. Also, there is no time like the present for us to champion our breeds and lure some folks into our pony world

    Here is my support:

    a)a "complete" package
    b)cuter
    c)not as far to fall
    d)I'm no gargantuan so neither should my mount
    e)equine with plenty of "heart"
    f)what more could I ask for??
    g)did I mention "cuter"--;-)
    Willow Run Connemaras
    Home of: "Willow Boy" (*Chiltern Colm ex *Sillbridge Miranda by Thunderbolt)
    ~Irish Connemara Ponies for Sport and Pleasure~
    www.willowrunconnemaras.com



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    I'd love to be able to sell my ponies to adults, better chance of pony staying a looong time with its owner. You see so many "for sale, sadly outgrown" ads...Fortunately outgrown is not in adults vocabulary!!!
    Where do you look to find your ponies? Sales websites (equine.com, dreamhorse), farm websites, word of mouth etc? I'm having trouble finding good homes for my guys.



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    Ponies........just the cute faces make you fall in love. But then, I am a PONY breeder!! LOL
    Sandy
    www.sugarbrook.com
    hunter/jumper ponies



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    goponies,

    You bring up a good point about ponies and ADULTS. Do you think more work needs to be done promoting ponies to adults?? If so, do you have some ideas? What do others think? Should we be doing more to promote pony breeds to adults? Does anyone have any insight on this issue?? very interesting point. . .

    Re: Selling. . well, I think finding good homes takes a combination of a lot of efforts. . website advertising, word of mouth, etc. Don't give up hope, someone is out there for your ponies! I try to find what is unique about my sale ponies and then highlight those attributes.
    Willow Run Connemaras
    Home of: "Willow Boy" (*Chiltern Colm ex *Sillbridge Miranda by Thunderbolt)
    ~Irish Connemara Ponies for Sport and Pleasure~
    www.willowrunconnemaras.com



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    . I'm beyond worrying about market, niches, what the future of dressage holds. I'm doing this for me and my future. As I get older I like not having to be so far up there
    Add rideability (gaits *I* can sit/ride) and I'll give ya an "Amen."

    I'm not buying per se... but either selling a paint pony mare or selling her June foal and rebreeding her.

    I am still struggling mightily with whether to sell or keep the 15-15.2 ish (haven't measured recently) daughter of my stallion, (like I have any real say in the whole IF she sells, but you know what I mean--truly LIST her for sale) or to try to lease a Sportpony mare to use the Sempatico breeding with.

    The rising 3yo TrakehnerX (RPSI) colt looks like he might finish a pretty damn fancy Sportpony contender. If that's the case, I need to rethink my mares. Daughter is 1/2 sister to him, hence part of the dilemma. (but that's another tangent altogether.)

    I am slowly changing focus to Sportponies, Coloured Cobs & Aztecas. Because I may not sell another horse ever again... so what I make, I want to make me happy for the next (last) 30 years or so.

    I want short n'stout, fancy movement that doesn't hurt the degenerative hip and spine (and not SO stout that I can't fit a saddle or that it hurts hip/spine), FUN, easy keeping, good barefoot feet, can fit in normal trailers and normal clothes...

    The TrakX colt, the Spanish Colonial Filly and the Azteca on it's way fulfill all the above requirements. In the best case scenario, one or two people a year agree with me and want one too.
    InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs
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    Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)



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    Ponies! I doubt I will be buying this year...but I will be breeding. Its all German Riding Ponies for me...they have what I want in a dressage mount and are fun, fun, fun! My ponies are still selling well in this market and to adults!
    Whispered Wish Weser-Ems: Breeding quality German Riding Ponies!
    Standing the stallion Burberry
    www.germanridingpony.com
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    Alas. I'm with just 2.75 ponies at the moment (.75 is in utero and has a 50/50 shot with the pony size) 1 is schooling some FEI and the other is a career mummy.

    Coming in as a rider, a promoter (*coughattendNDPCcough*), enthusiast and now a breeder the market out there is very strong for started dressage ponies through schoolmasters, not hunter rejects with daisy-cutter movement. The main problems is that there isn't a whole lot of those going on right now.

    Two to three years from now, I do see the quality that will be ready to go under saddle and hit that market. But I don't see the enough community connection to bridge the gap between rider and breeder.
    Kelly
    It is rare to see a rider who is truly passionate about the horse and his training, taking a profound interest in dressage with self-abnegation, and making this extraordinarily subtle work one of the dominant motivations of his life.\"



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    Quote Originally Posted by hluing View Post
    Ponies! I doubt I will be buying this year...but I will be breeding. Its all German Riding Ponies for me...they have what I want in a dressage mount and are fun, fun, fun! My ponies are still selling well in this market and to adults!
    And I so want to steal your Bon Jovi.
    Kelly
    It is rare to see a rider who is truly passionate about the horse and his training, taking a profound interest in dressage with self-abnegation, and making this extraordinarily subtle work one of the dominant motivations of his life.\"



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    Ponies as always!
    Windswept Stables-Specializing in Ponies
    Sales, Breaking,Training,Showing, Stud Service

    Home of 2008 Sire of Year Reserve Champion
    Pony Hunter Breeding - Empires Power

    www.EmpiresPower.com



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    Its Ponies for us as well, ours have sold very well and several will be starting out under saddle this year and next year--which is very exciting. Those that have begun competing have done extremely well and its a pleasure to see them out there at last. Its great to see how competitive they are in the big wide world.

    We won't be buying this year but are focusing on ongoing promotions and training. We will breed both of our mares and are looking forwards to those foals when they come.



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    PONIES!!! there just is no other way!

    I'm looking for a section D welsh, or a really nice welsh cross. I'm honestly not even looking at anything else, I know what I want
    Riding the winds of change

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