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Please tell me I do not need a pony - update post 147, I might need another pony

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  • Keep her until she's done a couple of training events.

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    • You bought this pony to have fun on because you didn't have another ride-able horse, yes? If you enjoy riding and competing I would definitely keep her a little while longer unless the perfect home, at a high enough price you could replace her with something sound and going at the level you are currently at, comes along.

      I enjoy working towards competition or clinic goals, even if they are very modest, so after dealing with months and years where either the horse I had was injured/unsuitable/too old or life didn't make riding consistently possible, I feel like when the stars align you just have to enjoy it and take advantage of it.
      Last edited by TuxWink; Jun. 16, 2019, 08:22 PM.

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      • Plus it sounds like she is very good for your riding. Don’t underestimate the value of a horse (or pony) that both gives you confidence AND makes you a better rider. I’d say kept her. She can’t eat all that much anyway!
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        • You deserve this pony! Don't let the fact that she's a pony you bought as a project make you feel like you *have* to sell her!

          Maybe this is incorrect perception, but in my circle of eventing friends, the paid lease market seems to be doing well these days, especially for junior mounts. You can always hang on to her until you get your other guy going, then lease her to a competent junior rider. It might be tough to get her full value when selling a 13.2h pocket rocket, but leasing her to juniors looking to move up or earn qualifying scores shouldn't be all that hard. It might not be as profitable in the long run, but it will let you keep enjoying her as you wish.
          Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO

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          • Originally posted by Libby2563 View Post
            Early summer update! I'm happy to report I resisted the urge to breed. Pony has had a great spring season, tackling her first two recognized horse trials with gusto. Her dressage scores have been passable (mid-30s) but she really shines in stadium and on XC. No rails, no stops, ever. She is such a blast to ride XC!! She clearly loves it as much as I do, maybe even more. Unfortunately on our last outing I was having too much fun to pay attention to the time and we had speed faults (yes, I went too fast on my 13.2 hh pocket rocket). This weekend she is moving up to Novice. She told me she was ready at our last Beginner Novice when she overjumped everything in stadium by a foot. My farrier said today that her trainer must have seen us that day because she mentioned the "tall lady on the spitfire pony that can really jump!"

            The time has come to sell, so I've finally started advertising her. I'll really miss her but I think my OTTB will be a better match for me in the long run, and she will make some kid or smaller adult so happy! I'm worried she will be a tough sell because of her size, so it's a good thing I'm not in a rush. Cross your fingers that I can find her the perfect person!
            Errrr, so it looks like she could be a decent low jumper prospect? Do you mind PMing me more about her?

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              New pic from a recent show. She is so sporty!

              Got two trial rides scheduled...it will be sad to see her go.
              Last edited by Libby2563; Jun. 24, 2019, 02:35 PM.
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                The super pony is sold! The very first person who tried her fell in love, it just took a little while to arrange the PPE due to the holiday etc. Unfortunately I received the deposit just hours before Wanderosa's daughter was scheduled to try her, so you won't be getting more updates on here. But, I couldn't be happier with the match. She went to a petite adult who rode her very nicely and loves her to pieces already. I look forward to seeing them at shows in the future!

                For whatever it's worth to anyone considering a similar project, I didn't make a profit on her but I did break even if you factor in purchase price, feed, vet, farrier, deworming, blankets, etc. If you factor in lessons and shows I lost money, but it's okay--I learned from her and had a lot of fun. I might have underpriced her a bit too. My jumping coach thought I should have asked more. I'm really happy with where she ended up though so I think it all worked out.

                Sad pic of my OTTB waiting for his girlfriend to emerge from the empty trailer after I dropped her off at her new home.
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                • Congratulations on the sale, hope she does well for them.
                  "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

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                  • Originally posted by Libby2563 View Post
                    The super pony is sold! The very first person who tried her fell in love, it just took a little while to arrange the PPE due to the holiday etc. Unfortunately I received the deposit just hours before Wanderosa's daughter was scheduled to try her, so you won't be getting more updates on here. But, I couldn't be happier with the match. She went to a petite adult who rode her very nicely and loves her to pieces already. I look forward to seeing them at shows in the future!

                    For whatever it's worth to anyone considering a similar project, I didn't make a profit on her but I did break even if you factor in purchase price, feed, vet, farrier, deworming, blankets, etc. If you factor in lessons and shows I lost money, but it's okay--I learned from her and had a lot of fun. I might have underpriced her a bit too. My jumping coach thought I should have asked more. I'm really happy with where she ended up though so I think it all worked out.

                    Sad pic of my OTTB waiting for his girlfriend to emerge from the empty trailer after I dropped her off at her new home.
                    And I told her that if she was a *responsible* horse owner wouldn't let her TB be sad. She'd get another poooooonyyyy! What can I say? I'm a first class pony enabler!

                    Seriously, though. She did a great job bringing this pony along. I told my trainer I saw a pony I liked for my daughter. She said, "what? Why do you want a pony?" After she watched some video she was all excited about the pony, too! Lol.

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                    • Are you going to get another pony project to bring along? I'll miss these updates, but awesome that she found a great home!

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                        Originally posted by rockonxox View Post
                        Are you going to get another pony project to bring along? I'll miss these updates, but awesome that she found a great home!
                        I'm thinking about it, and fordtraktor is also enabling! Although to be honest I don't think I would do 13.2 hh again. It was great for teaching me to keep my body still over jumps, but she was so narrow that lateral balance was sometimes elusive for me. Plus due to the tiny barrel I had to do dressage in a jump saddle, which I think does bad things for my equitation. I'd consider a well-sprung 14.2 though!

                        Thank you for the encouragement and for following this pony's journey.
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                        • I am happy to enable! You are an awesome rider and more ponies and horses deserve to be trained by you!

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                          • I am happy to enable! You are an awesome rider and more ponies and horses deserve to be trained by you!

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                            • Do it!! Get another pony!!

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                              • Can't say I'm against you getting another pony
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                                • Po-ny! Po-ny! Just do it!

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