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Let's see your dressage PONIES!!

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  • Let's see your dressage PONIES!!

    Since I just made the jump from big warmbloods to Haflinger ponies myself, I would love to see other people's dressage ponies and hear about what they're up to. Let's hear it for the little guys!

    I'll start: I just purchased a 2006 Haflinger gelding, he's 14.2 1/2 (yes the half is important) hands and has a heart of pure gold. I can trust him at liberty to patiently tolerate my crazy chocolate lab puppy, and trust him to keep me safe and build my confidence back after having had several bad falls in the last couple of years. He is trained to 2nd and I'm really looking forward to moving up the levels with him. He's as beautiful as he is charming, and I feel so fortunate to have had him come into my life. Here he is with his last owner http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h3...ps35540e31.jpg

  • #2
    ^hes gorgeous!
    I'll play, this is my 13 year old haffie/qh cross. I've owned him for 11 years and we do lots of nothing and a little of everything.
    This year I hope to buckle down and show him a little more this year (we're only at training level)


    • #3
      I'm sure there are other threads about this...

      But I have two German Riding ponies:
      15.2 hand Wesser-EMS, Delight (I know, not a 'real' pony, but I bought her as a yearling and she just won't stop growing) She's coming 6 and schooling 2nd level.
      Delight at the Championships

      And Tilly, a 13.3h RPSI pony. She's my resale project and I keep telling people that she's proof that the world just isnt fair, since I got a perfectly calm young ammy friendly pony with no spin, spook, buck or bolt. Her version of a bad day is to get a little stiff through her topline. We hope to make our training/first level debut next year.
      Chantilly at her first show ever. We earned a 70% at intro C. She's such an easy mare to show. Some kid is going to be really lucky if I can ever part with her.


      • #4

        I have a PSG Welsh pony, she just recently earned me my silver (earned bronze in '11 or '12 can't remember), and we're working towards GP now (weather isn't helping). First horse to bring this far. She's comfortably schooling pi/pa and some other ones. She's honestly the light of my life and super easy.
        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.\"


        • #5
          All of mine are Welsh, though I just sold one to the East coast (welsh cob x tb cross who I hope will do well for her new owner);

          so, what I have left is my welsh cob gelding who is 15 hands (still all Welsh) who I hope to show I1 this summer. He too earned my silver for me.

          My stallion is also 15 hands but so pony. He has been showing at second level. He finds lateral work quite easy. Mediums are "fun" and I mean that in a positive way. I probably won't show him again until he's FEI.

          Then there is my 13 hand section C who is competing at third level and currently working on tempi's. Fortunately pirouettes are easy for him.

          I have two welsh broodmares who have also shown in dressage. One is 14.1 and the other is 13 hands.

          Now to the future: Here are two fillies from my stallions 2012 foal crop. While this demonstrates that they might make a decent driving pair, I'm seeing dressage definitely with the one on the left and an all rounder for the one on the right. I expect the one on the right to stay below 14.2. The one on the left is more likely to be closer to 15 hands.

          I will be breeding my section C mare back to my stallion this spring as well as my oldenburg mare will be bred to my stallion too. The goals are to get another true pony and a smaller stature dressage mount which I hope to take up the levels.
          Ranch of Last Resort


          • #6
            Just wanted to say I love this thread... I have worked with a number of smaller superstars in the past (mostly Arabs and a Morgan cross), but with one exception they were re-schooling projects or clients that I couldn't invest in long-term. I love how handy and clever the little guys seem to be, so when I decided to get myself a One-Last-Hurrah horse last year, I settled on an Arab cross that I think will finish just under 15h. Frankly now that I'm - ahem - advancing in age, I find the smaller paces suit me well, without sacrificing brains and ability.
            Proud COTH lurker since 2001.


            • #7
              Arabian X. 14.3 hands.


              • #8
                Here's my event pony (homebred full Connemara) that I'm planning on transitioning towards a more pure dressage lifestyle (he's an amazing jumper - me, not so much!):

                In some nasty weather

                Right after I started riding him

                He's been a bit of a challenge but I absolutely over the moon adore him and feel lucky every time I get to ride him (even on days when his 'ponytude' makes me want to tear my hair out).


                • #9
                  What lovely ponies! I looked for a German riding pony for me when i was looking for a new dressage horse. Those are some nice guys but couldn't find any anywhere around me for sale at the time.

                  Anyways here is DDs pony. 13.3H qtr pony we guess. He came from an auction, in a trailer crash on the interstate where the trailer flipped several times, to an eventing farm that kept him a year and then to us for the rest of his little fat life lol.
                  Only intro level and not exactly a dressage frame but they did get a 62%, I think it was for cuteness though lol

                  Horses aren't our whole life, but makes our life whole


                  • #10
                    I breed GRP's and my stallion, Burberry, is my personal dressage pony. Lots of pics of him (and others) on my website and his FB page (links in my sig. line). He is ready to show 2nd level know and starting to school changes.

                    I have several other dressage "ponies" a 15.2hh ISR Sportpony Fleurie (Forest Flame x Zauberelle) and a 14hh Weser-Ems mare Couture (Voyager x Chanel) are under saddle at the moment.

                    Dressage ponies are addictive!
                    Whispered Wish Weser-Ems: Breeding quality German Riding Ponies!
                    Standing the stallion Burberry


                    • #11
                      This is my sons 19 year old Westphalian Riding Pony.. She ist schooling on 2nd level and is right now supposed to teach him.... So far she is doing an awesome job... She is actually bred very interesting.... She is a little bit like a fossil. She was bred during the time when the German Riding Pony was started.. So her mother is a Arabian/Duelmener Wildhorse Mix and she was sired by a British Welshpony Stallion.


                      • #12
                        First of all I want to say how much I love everyone's ponies!! They all look great

                        Here is a pic of my BRP x and he is 14.1h. I hope to be doing a few dressage shows with him (he is to be part of a combined driving pair in the next year or so). He is a home bred (by my mother in law) and he was raised by us and trained by myself. He has been a lot of fun and we are working on w/t or maybe training level this year (he is 4). He was just broke last year so we have lots to learn. I'm also new to dressage (crossing over from hunter land) so we can learn together! I have a coach starting with me as soon as the footing gets better. Can't wait!
                        I also trained a 13.2h section C cob and rode and drove him. He was a blast!! Super quiet and so much fun to ride. He was sold a couple of years ago as I have 4 of my own ponies and did not have the time to work with him.
                        I love ponies and will never buy another horse. It does help that I'm only 5'3" on a good day Yay for ponies


                        • #13
                          My dressage/driving pony

                          I bred my retired Hanoverian-bred dressage mare to a Welsh Section B...and here is one of the twins

                          She is finally being started this year both under saddle and driving but I hope, hope, hope my daughter will want to show her in some dressage classes! I can't ride anymore but I am totally happy doing the show mom routine.

                          I'm addicted to ponies now...I'm getting quite partial to the WB/pony cross.
                          Home of well loved ponies...


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by spacytracy View Post
                            ^hes gorgeous!
                            I'll play, this is my 13 year old haffie/qh cross. I've owned him for 11 years and we do lots of nothing and a little of everything.
                            This year I hope to buckle down and show him a little more this year (we're only at training level)
                            Good gawd, that is one cute pony!!! What a face.
                            Hillary Rodham Clinton - the peoples choice for president.


                            • #15
                              I am a Connemara girl these days My guys can be seen on my website www.muskokalakesconnemaras.com
                              I did just lease a 3rd level FEI pony to play with too
                              Wonderful ponies for family or show!


                              • #16
                                I need a pony! I want a pony! For Christmas I think I will buy myself a gray pony.
                                Hillary Rodham Clinton - the peoples choice for president.


                                • #17
                                  Everybody's ponies are so lovely! Here's my just shy of 15 hand Friesian x National Show Horse, everybody thinks she's 16+ hands when they see pictures, the response upon meeting her is always.... She's sooooo tiny. Lol. We're working towards relaxing enough to do training and first this year, she can do all the work, but struggles with that whole relaxation step of the pyramid....



                                  • #18
                                    I have a soft spot for ponies. They are so adorable. I lease a 14.1 pony mutt. She is all attitude, but I love her. We are actually eventers, but we school second level dressage. We even beginning a tiny, tiny bit of half pass. She LOVES to jump. She pulls her little knees up nice and tight. She almost moved up to training level eventing with her old owner, but their show was canceled. We will see how far we can go with her willingness!

                                    Here's a video from our second show ever. We got a 34 (I am not sure what that is percentage wise) and ended in third place. As you can see, she does have some rude.



                                    • #19
                                      I have a soft spot for ponies. They are so adorable. I lease a 14.1 pony mutt. She is all attitude, but I love her. We are actually eventers, but we school second level dressage. We even beginning a tiny, tiny bit of half pass. She LOVES to jump. She pulls her little knees up nice and tight. She almost moved up to training level eventing with her old owner, but their show was canceled. We will see how far we can go with her willingness!

                                      Here's a video from our second show ever. We got a 34 (I am not sure what that is percentage wise) and ended in third place. As you can see, she does have some rude.



                                      • #20
                                        *not "rude", attitude