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Who else has gotten a horse/pony for Christmas?

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  • Who else has gotten a horse/pony for Christmas?

    So, has anyone else gotten a horse for Christmas? Back in '02 I got my first horse as a Christmas present. It was a complete suprise and I was so excited! It was snowing and everything.

    Anyone else have a story to share?

  • #2
    I got Mare two years ago, a combo birthday/Christmas gift. Now that I'm a grown-up, i'm not sure it really counts, but I thought it did
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    • #3
      DD just got a pony for Thanksgiving, I am awful and there was NO way I could wait until Christmas , my secrete keeping skills are NOT that good!!!
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      • #4
        My neighbor gave us a pony for Christmas when I was seven.

        Bonus points: He didn't ask my parents before he did this. He just put a bow on her halter, walked her over, and tied her to the hitching post in our corral. She was just a grade pony (half Appy, half POA, solid bay without a speck of white, striped hooves or a visible sclera on her) but she was the best Christmas present ever.
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        • #5
          I got my first horse in 2001 as my Christmas present. A little "gift certificate" was hidden in the pocket of a hoodie I got... I bawled my eyes out! Best gift ever!
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          • #6
            I'm getting one this year! Courtesy of my WONDERFUL husband (for saying yes) and our amazing Reynard Ridge. Took a lot of years, but I get my wish of a Pony for Christmas!


            • #7
              Christmas 1985, one half arabian 2 year old gelding (what were we thinking?!). I wish that I still had the card from my dad for him. While Dad is gone now, I still have Dandy, now aged 26!
              RIP Mydan Mydandy+
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              • #8
                Yes, my first horse I got in 1971 (boy am I old!) at Christmas. of course I was PRAYING for a horse, but Christmas morning came and went and we opened presents and alas no horse. But after breakfast, my mother says "Hey there is a present left behind the tree" and told me to climb under there and see who it was for. It was for me (of course!) I opened it and it as a halter, and on it was a tag that said"

                "I am a halter, a halter for a horse, a horse named Star, Star is a fine horse, he lives at White Oaks, Mommy and Daddy are going to take you to see Star today because...."

                and on the back:

                "He is your horse!"

                Oh my GOD I just cried and cried and then bugged the h*ll out of my parents to get in the car and go see him NOW! of course I had to wait til after Christmas dinner etc! I kept that little tag for many years and somewhere in the box of a million slides are photos of me on that day with him, in my minds eye I can still see them! Star lived with me all his life, finally having a cerebral hemmorage, well into his 20's in the late 80's. I put that poor horse thru HELL with all the things I made him do! LOL
                Last edited by shawneeAcres; Nov. 29, 2009, 09:51 PM.


                • #9
                  DD got her curren horse last Christmas. Our trainer had made a trip to Florida last December and found him for us and we were in the process of vet checking and buying him. DD had already picked out a barn name for him, but she didn't know that the vet check came back good, so on Christmas morning when she looked in her stocking she found a tiny chestnut horse with a tag that said his name and that he would be coming from Florida soon!


                  • #10
                    I got my first horse for my 10th birthday (totally thought I had taken my last 3 lessons on the new lesson horse so I was VERY surprised). My parents gave my sister a pony for Christmas one year. We took pictures of the pony with a HUGE red velvet ribbon on his halter. We had the picture blown up and she opened the picture on Xmas day. I had tried the pony so she had never even seen him - she was super surprised. It was awesome.


                    • #11
                      I got a 15.1 Appendix for christmas when I was in 5th grade. My first horse and I couldn't have been happier

                      One of my friends got a horse for christmas oh about 7th or 8th grade. It was a horse she had been riding for a while after her fancy A circuit hunter went "crazy" and got sold. Well this christmas horse was an absolute nutcase. Not much scope and hot like a firecracker. He fractured his skull somehow and I didn't think he was 'right in the head. I guess it worked out for her but I wish she had gotten something nicer...but she seemed happy enough with him although she never showed again and ended up switching to western.


                      • #12
                        I got my boy as a xmas present 3 years ago. We had been horse shopping and found a couple we liked. I had really liked Roo though, great jumper, awesome to ride. Stuck between him and another horse, but I though my parents would shoot him down b/c of the price tag. The day before xmas my parents said we were going to a dog friendy restraunt. Went driving and I noticed we were heading to the barn. Pulled into the barn parking lot and I still had no clue. Thought it was a barn party or something, and when I went to go give my favorite lesson horse an apple, I saw Roo's stall with a big red bow on it. I was estatic
                        proud owner of a crazy dutch warmblood


                        • #13
                          I got my first horse 8 years ago. He was at the barn I was riding at and my parents told me he sold I cried and cried and cried. My parents didn't know I was so upset or else they would have told me sooner. But then a couple weeks later I overheard my Mom on the phone talking about him When we got to the barn he had a bow on his stall and a saddle outside it with a horse angel on top of it. Super cute.
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                          • #14
                            I got this one. Does it count?

                            A pony under the tree.
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                            • #15
                              oh my bogie, thats adorable!!!

                              I don't know if mine counts, I got a pony for Christmas when I was 9 or 10, but I never actually met the pony!!

                              I was a horse crazy kid taking lessons at a nearby stable. My non-horsey parents decided to buy me a pony for Christmas, not knowing anything they hired a broker and ended up finding a palomino arabx mare from way up north (I had a fascination with buckskins as a kid and they got as close as they could!), like Maine or something, and had her shipped down. They moved her into a stable, had a brass plaque made with her name and "owned by: xxx" underneath.

                              The gameplan was to bring me to the stable Christmas Day after brunch and I'd wander down with my carrots and see the pony mare and my name on the stall. Meanwhile, waiting under the tree for me were buckets and brushes and halters and blankets, and well everything.

                              WELL, Christmas Eve (and I remember this night vividly) my Mother sits me down and starts asking me some questions.... "Darling, would you like a pony?" well YEAH! "Do you realize that if you had a pony, your normal life would be over? Every day you'd have to go ride and groom and care for your pony after school, you couldn't ever go out with your friends or be involved in any school activities. Every Saturday and Sunday while your friends are going to the parks or beach, you'd be with your pony all day, bathing and brushing and exercising...." well, my Mom gave me this huge 5 minute speech on how I'd never be a normal kid again, I'd have no friends, no life, just me and the pony day in and day out for decades, how I'd get blisters on my hands from the grueling work, winters would be freezing.... etc, etc, she basically scared the dickens out of me! lol!

                              At the end of the speech she says "Now darling, are you *sure* you want a pony?" I was totally terrified at this point and mumbled "uhm, I don't know if I'm ready for a pony...."

                              GASP! My mom shuffled me to bed, my parents ran around getting all of the horsey stuff out from under the tree, my Dad rang up the original owner of the pony and told him to come get his horse, and my parents ran to Bradlee's all night sale and picked up some random toys and clothes to stick under the tree.

                              My mom never told me the story. Turns out it was the best thing because 2 years later my parents divorced and I would've had to have given up my beloved pony anyhow.

                              13 years ago, I start riding again as an adult. I fall in love with a buckskin mustang, and bought him the day after Christmas.

                              I take pictures of my new horse, bring them to my Mom, and thats when she tells me the Christmas Pony story, my whole life I never knew!
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                              • #16
                                Thanks for taking me back to memory lane!

                                When I was nine, a new pony had come to the barn where I was taking lessons. I was chosen to "train" her - I felt very special. I had been riding her for about two months when my trainer told me she had been sold and that I had to say goodbye to her. I sadly gave her carrots and hugs and secretly wished she was mine.

                                A few days later, I saw my aunt's horse trailer coming down our long driveway. I couldn't understand why my aunt would be bringing her horses to our house. I ran outside to see what this was all about. Down goes the back ramp, and there she was: MY pony with a big red Christmas bow attached to her halter. I looked at my mom and asked, "Is she for me?" Mom said, "Merry Christmas!"

                                'Jolly' instantly became a member of our family whom we treasured until 2005 when she passed at 27 yrs old. There will never be another one like her!


                                • #17
                                  OK shawnee - that made me cry. really. i am sitting at my desk with tears running down my cheeks.


                                  • #18
                                    Yep... my current horse! Though he wasn't a surprise (since I picked him out)... the fact that he was delivered right before Christmas was the surprise. Figured I'd have to wait until after the holidays since we did the PPE on Dec 22nd and was told he couldn't be shipped until after the holiday. But when I went to the barn on Christmas day, there he was!

                                    And thanks to my hubby for paying for 1/2 of him as a gift. He says he bought the back half. LOL

                                    And almost 4 years later, he's still mine.


                                    • #19
                                      I got my first horse for christmas in 2004. My parents bought the gelding I had leased for 2 years about a month before because his owner needed to sell him and kept it a secret until christmas. I kind of knew because we were moving about 9 hours away and I had told them didn't want to leave him, but still the best present ever.


                                      • #20
                                        I got my first horse for Christmas when I was 11. I think it was actually a few days before Christmas. We always used to decorate the stalls of our favorite horses for Christmas. Everyone told me to go take a look at the decorations on his stall. I was pissed at first because I thought someone else decorated the stall of my favorite horse! HAHA. Then I noticed the card on his stall said he was to me from Santa. He was 3 and bucked me off every chance he got I still have the horse at 16 and he is still a riot. He taught me a LOT.