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    Just wondering if there are wonder ponies out there- you know the kind. The ones who may be amazingly good to all the kids who ride them or the ones who can jump 3'6 and beat all the warmbloods in the hunter classes.

    We have a wonder pony at our barn: she's 13.1hh, can jump around 3'6 with amazing form, can go from the walk-trot classes with a 6 year old to the Adult Medals to the Level 1 jumpers all at the same show. And that's not to mention that she's only 7 or 8 and my trainer bought her when she was 4 or 5 and just green broke to walk and trot. So do you have any similar stories?
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    I had one when i was young! I foxhunted him, showed him in the larges, evented him some, did some jumpers, and jumped 4'6 hedge on him on a regular basis... he was the best pony ever!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scribbles View Post
    I had one when i was young! I foxhunted him, showed him in the larges, evented him some, did some jumpers, and jumped 4'6 hedge on him on a regular basis... he was the best pony ever!
    wow! he sounds like an amazing pony. we've free jumped ours up to 4' but we don't want to go any higher because she's only a medium. if she was a horse she'd probably be grand prix material...
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    Our barn is FULL of them.
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    My friend had a 12h (well he's a hair over 11.3, we round up ) pony who she has shown in 2'9"-3' jumpers. She's jumped him 3'6" under saddle and he's free jumped a hair over 4' (he could literally walk under the jump). He's a sweatheart for the crossrails kids too. Too bad there's not a market for a 12h pony jumper and he doesn't have hunter movement, she's having quite a difficult time marketing him.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SkipChange View Post
    My friend had a 12h (well he's a hair over 11.3, we round up ) pony who she has shown in 2'9"-3' jumpers. She's jumped him 3'6" under saddle and he's free jumped a hair over 4' (he could literally walk under the jump). He's a sweatheart for the crossrails kids too. Too bad there's not a market for a 12h pony jumper and he doesn't have hunter movement, she's having quite a difficult time marketing him.
    Do you have pics? I'd LOVE to see him!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackcat95 View Post
    Do you have pics? I'd LOVE to see him!!
    I wish we had pictures of the guy jumping bigger stuff
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    He sure is a cutie though!



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    Wow he looks like a very talented little guy!



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    I owned one of the best "wonder ponies" I have ever known. I got him as a 4yo QH/TB by chance on a trade for a young OTTB I'd found in someone's backyard (trying to do western, no less) and was training for the jumpers. They needed a big horse, so I took the pony off their hands and gave them my TB. The pony went on to be the cornerstone of my lesson program and, first, a winner in the childrens before becoming a star in the prechildrens and shorts. Just as an example, I believe at this point he's been Champion or Reserve at the Monmouth A show in Pres and/or Shorts something like 7 out of the last 9 years with like 6 different riders? That's not even thinking about all the other big A's he's won with a variety kids. He's a beautiful mover and wins most hacks and would jump anything you put in front of him with no need for schooling, even with a teeny tot on his back - actually he preferred them - the better the rider, the more he would "test" them and teach them. He also did some jumpers and hunter paces and loved trail riding and showed in the Adequans with me a bit for fun - sucker could jump 4ft like nobody's business in his heyday.

    I sold him because I got an offer I couldn't refuse and to this day I regret it. I don't care if this is a business for me or not, it was not worth one penny of what I got for him to lose him - but hindsight is 20/20 and at the time I thought money would solve problems that I naively believed could be fixed. He has a wonderful home, gave another kid a chance to learn to ride and be a star (and I believe is on to his next kid in the barn), and is much loved, but I pray one day I will be able to take him back, whether for my own kids or just to retire and love.
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    i think my guy is definitely a wonder pony he can be a serious brat, but my gosh is he SMART. i'll give him that. a requirement to ride him was that you had to understand you were going to fall off of him within the first few rides, no doubt (this was years ago though when he was ... less disciplined shall i say? though for less experienced kids it is still expected that you will fall off at some point on him and when that time comes, it should not be a shock)

    on the other hand, with COMPLETELY beginner children (whom we scarcely allow on him actually) he's an angel and they love him! but it's that slightly advanced beginner rider that he decides is most fun to take advantage of and destroy their confidence OR teach him how to ride (i credit this pony for REALLY teaching me how to ride for many years)

    however, he is 14.1 and scopey as can be. 2 times this same thing happened: someone didnt tighten his girth enough (no, not me ) and it slipped right under his belly. he bucks the child off and runs around the ring (and gosh can he get fast) and then proceeds to jump out of the arena (indoor)-- over the 4' solid hardwood door -- clears it. the saddle hanging under his belly also didnt come within an inch of the door either. can you say scopey?

    our farm has a duck pond field nexto where my pony gets turned out. there is maybe a 4-5' gap between the two fences. there is plenty of grass in pony's field. apparently the container that keeps all the duck food is much more appealing. the fences are each about 5' tall wooden post-rail fences. pony decides to jump from his field into the duck field, and then break into their grain bin and pig out (don't worry, he was fine--it's a mix of corn and something else) so basically, he just jumped what would be equivalent to an average grand prix oxer, maybe even slightly bigger.

    he did pony jumpers a couple times, and won a class at HITS too. i dabbled in regular larges (also at HITS) and though he is not the fanciest and he's an ugly mover, man he jumps SO CUTE. our round was not so beautiful but it still got an 8th out of about 20, so i was satisfied for my first time. we mainly do children's hunters and do relatively well, and we were second in a local winter circuit and second in local finals.

    but overall he's just a big cutie

    first try at regular ponies (excuse my eq, this is from 2007. i promise ive improved!)
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    I had one as a kid, named Wendy's Mr. Fox. He showed the Mediums and pony jumpers with me, often on the same day, and for a while did the short stirrup with my brothere drov. He wonderfully too.

    He was 18 when I bought him and went on to show and win for another 8 years.

    He was so much fun and man could he jump. He had the greatest pony personality too. Once my brother was riding him and wanted him to canter, so instead of asking for the canter correctly, he was just kicking him. The pony stopped dead, turned his head around and bit my brother's foot hard, then cantered off from the halt. Another time my brother dropped his reins and they were up around the pony's head, in a short stirrup jumping class, back when it was twice around the outside. The pony jumped twice around the fences, did a closing circle and halted. The crowd went wild.



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    There's an awesome pony jumper that I know who was national champion in the pony jumpers, crossed over to the children's jumpers and won mostly everything there also, then did the regular larges, now does the children's larges
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    I have one in my barn. I got him up here sight unseen to lease for a customer of mine who'd come to me from a trainwreck situation and had two completely unsuitable horses. (yes, horses) I've known this pony for more than 10 years. He is the ultimate complete pony packer package. He's scopey enough to save this kid from anywhere, beautiful to look at, huge strided, kind, and so sweet. He's 21 now, does the regular small division no problemo. He doesnt do so good in the conformation stuff anymore due to his aged look, but I LOVE this pony, and so does absolutely anyone who sees him.

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    As I was reading the rest of these posts, I realized I have another pony who probably qualifies as a wonder pony... you guys can be the judge...

    He's 13.0, pinto, who the heck knows what breed, and originally came from a random auction. I got him at 3 or 4yo when his little owner started to ride with me and didn't like him because he would try to rub her off on the split rail fence and pitch her over his head to eat grass - total little bugger pony!!

    This little powerhouse not only totally rules the fields, bossing around all the big horses, but once was caught jumping the 4ft fence in a foot of snow, from a standstill, abcessed with his foot in a boot, wearing 87 winter blankets and a hood! A favourite ride of everyone in the barn, and a solid lesson pony for most of his career, he spent the past year being competitive in the childrens with one of my students after a season successfully competing in eventing with me (5'6") riding. He regularly schooled Novice and Training (3'-3'3") cross country jumps including banks, ditches, and water, keeping up with friends' and competetors' OTTBs and WBs. I don't love jumping ponies high for no reason, but I am quite sure this little guy could probably still do the pony jumpers with a good little pony jock - even though I'm content to let him be a star in the childrens hunters and go cross country for fun on the side. His personality is larger than life and while I planned on putting him up for sale at the end of this season, I am doing everything I can to keep him around - I made the mistake of selling one "wonder pony", I question if this one should just have a "forever home" with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RumoursFollow View Post
    I have one in my barn. I got him up here sight unseen to lease for a customer of mine who'd come to me from a trainwreck situation and had two completely unsuitable horses. (yes, horses) I've known this pony for more than 10 years. He is the ultimate complete pony packer package. He's scopey enough to save this kid from anywhere, beautiful to look at, huge strided, kind, and so sweet. He's 21 now, does the regular small division no problemo. He doesnt do so good in the conformation stuff anymore due to his aged look, but I LOVE this pony, and so does absolutely anyone who sees him.

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    Holy moly! I want him for my son!



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    ahaha all of them are sooooo cute! here's a pic of mine! sorry I don't have more of them...
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    I love him, if only I were small enough.



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