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  • #41

    Exvet, who is that?

    Gallod Morgan Henry aka "cutie patootie" most of the time or "stinker pony" on the few days his ponytude comes out. Actually he's turned into quite the solid citizen.
    Exvet, is that a Morgan or a Cob? Or what is it?


    • #42
      Awesome ponies on here.

      I have had students that have had Morgans, and they can be very ponyish (very smart, athletic and willing in the right hands) and some are stouter like a Cob and some are more refined, but they can be very beautiful and extremely versatile.

      Maybe not always for jumping (big stuff, like BIG stuff), but there has been a Morgan or two that have done very well in Training Level Eventing.

      And that Pony of the Americanas (POA). Some of those are fabulous.

      The above all can be found sooner or later in the 14.2+ to 15.2+ with the Morgans. I'm not sure with the POAs, but I have seen some of those that are quite stout and fairly tall.

      And let's not forget Theodore O'Connor (Teddy).


      • #43
        He is a section C welsh pony of cob type. The Gallod prefix is pretty well known among welsh breeders. Here is the link to his breeding/pedigree -


        Or what is it?

        He's one hell of a pony is what it is.

        Here is a picture of him at liberty when he was still a stallion.

        Ranch of Last Resort


        • #44
          As to what type, my Arab 15.1 takes up my leg more than my thinner TB (16.1). So I'd get a pony with really well sprung ribs.


          • #45
            Exvet, he's beautiful. Why did you geld him????

            ETA: and why did they put Morgan in a Cob's name?


            • #46
              I didn't geld him. The previous owner did. He was given to me because after 6 trainers he couldn't be driven (what he was bred for) or ridden or so I was told. He was gelded in the quest to "break him". His name is Gallod, the breeder's prefix, Morgan Henry, after the breeder's brother who shares the same name.

              The name of the breed is simply the surname of a colonial gent of English heritage. Many of the same breed share the names of my forefathers as well - John A. Darling, a well known breed sire to name one. So Morgan isn't just the name of a breed and John A. Darling is more than just my great, great, great.........grandfather <wink>
              Last edited by exvet; Apr. 15, 2012, 04:01 PM.
              Ranch of Last Resort


              • #47
                I have found over the years that although I have ridden many horses I always seem to end up with pony projects as well. Right now I will admit to woning a horse but at a dressage barn she is generally mistaken for a pony as she is just barely horse sized.

                I would also tend to say that being a pony won't necessarily limit you that much in the jumper ring: they just have to have the stride and the scope to get the job done. Here are a few of my favorite ponies over the years:

                My A circuit show pony: she learned the difference between the hunter and jumper rings and could be equally successful in both, and showed up to 3'6 against the horses

                Pajons Royal Tapestry an amazing 13 hand welsh mare I had the privelege of showing when I was 15 (I was about 5'5 in the pic, never grew after that). She was bold and careful and could easily jump around a 3'6 course

                Second pony project as an adult (wish the pics of the first one had not been lost when my computer crashed) he was actually a paint hanoverian cross that did not grow. Video is of him with less than a month undersaddle - ended up showing him in the FEI 4 year old division with scores in the 60's before selling him to a kid. He had to be one of the most laid back ponies/horses I have ever ridden.

                This was my third pony project who showed up to third level, and was a blast to jump. She was starting to school working canter pirouettes and tempis when she found a child. Unfortunately I don't have video of how she was going the last little while before selling her, just have video of her at 4.

                My current mare who is just barely a horse. I love riding her, and feel like I fit her pretty well.

                Would LOVE to eventually have a pony like this:


                • #48
                  Originally posted by fivehorses View Post
                  My pony is 14.2 and may not be a driving horse as intended.
                  I am 5'6 and weigh 150 and ride in a 17.5 seat. I find the saddle sits a bit too far back on my pony.
                  I am sure he can handle the weight, but I don't like where the saddle sits so far back on him.
                  Does anyone else have that issue?

                  The woman who has been riding him is 5'2 and weights 120 and rides in a 16.5 saddle and they look perfect fit.
                  Later this week I'm trying out a Black Country AP style saddle for my Connemara. The saddle has a hoop tree which I am hoping improves the fit over the shoulders and frees up my mare's back.


                  • #49
                    adelmo95, the videos are blocked from this country because of copyrights .

                    Love your ponies.

                    I want another pony too. One that jumps high.

                    Of course another dressage pony would be very nice because that is supposed to be what I am doing .

                    I like them all to do both at least to a certain level.


                    • #50
                      Many years ago (over a decade now) I was fortunate to watch the pony division at the Bundeschapionate and completely fell in love with ponies! I decided a few years ago i wanted to breed my own so I bred my Hanoverian mare (16.1ish Hands) to a Class A Welsh at 12.1H....and got the perfect 14.2h pony!

                      He is ridden and competed in dressage by my friend that is 5'1" (and 1/8", so she says). They look perfect together and have been super successful. They were NCDCTA 4th place First Level AA in 2011 with a very limited show season. They always scored high 60s low 70s at First Level and this year have made their 2nd Level debut scoring in the 60s.

                      He is not only a champ in the dressage ring but is also well versed on the trails. He is not spooky, easily trainable, but does every once in a while throw in a little "pony attitude". Never super bad that a confident AA couldn't handle but can get stubborn about certain things. He is a good loser though in that he will go back to a good working attitude once his opinion in voiced!!

                      Here is a link to some pics:
                      Read about my time at the Hannoveraner Verband Breeders Courses:


                      • #51
                        I ride a 13.2h Fjord X, I'm 5' tall and about 155lbs. My sister is a bit taller and bigger, she rides him too.

                        Here's us at a Jessica Phoenix clinic last fall:
                        Here's our blog entry with some stills:
                        I just added our good jumping pictures that were also featured on HJU to the blog post.

                        There's tons more stuff in our blog that you're welcome to go through.

                        He's not an evil pony at all, because most of his riders to date have been adults that can actually ride correctly. He's very responcive and light while still being level headed and a super easy ride.


                        • #52
                          Far_North, you guys are adorable together. Very nice match-up. Felix just looks like a lot of fun.

                          bluhof, very nice pony.


                          • #53
                            I want another pony too. One that jumps high.

                            Of course another dressage pony would be very nice because that is supposed to be what I am doing
                            Ponies are small so that you can have one for each discipline you want to do.
                            You jump in the saddle,
                            Hold onto the bridle!
                            Jump in the line!


                            • Original Poster

                              I am drooling over all these gorgeous ponies!!!!! Thanks for enabling me


                              • #55
                                Sure! I'm 5'11" (but slender) and my mule is 14 hands. He carries me just fine! I'd make him a hand taller if I had a magic wand, but given your size I see no reason at all that you shouldn't enjoy a pony. I'm jealous!
                                My ears hear a symphony of two mules, trains, and rain. The best is always yet to come, that's what they explained to me. —Bob Dylan

                                Fenway Bartholomule ♥ Arrietty G. Teaspoon Brays Of Our Lives


                                • #56
                                  Misty, you are enabling .

                                  They certainly are cheap to feed .


                                  • #57
                                    Mine will get the horse strides. Has no problem with that!

                                    My goal right now is to find a kiddo who is strong enough to ride him (he is a SLUG) to put some miles on him.


                                    • #58
                                      Great pony pics! I realize I didn't share mine. Technically he's not a pony as he stands at 14.3; man, I wish he were an inch smaller so that we could compete as a pony, although we're mostly attending dressage schooling shows so it doesn't really matter.

                                      Here is Almighty Good Guy aka Pepper:


                                      I am 5'1" and about 117 pounds, but my legs are somewhat longer and my body shorter.


                                      • #59
                                        I had a ridiculously fun time on my Connemara pony, but at the end of the day she sadly did not get big enough. Not all ponies are created alike, so while my 5'6" frame looks fine on a cobby 14.2, my pony was a refined sport type Connemara that was 14.2 but had a very small saddle area and was short coupled, so I really struggled trying to find a dressage saddle that fit both of us.

                                        So be a little careful about getting the right type for you and your size and there should be no reason at all why you could not be successful on a pony. I am still looking for that perfect large or oversized pony or pony cross. My pony is now doing what she loves best, playing hunter pony with a little girl of her own.
                                        On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog


                                        • #60
                                          Originally posted by cmdrcltr View Post
                                          Great pony pics! I realize I didn't share mine. Technically he's not a pony as he stands at 14.3; man, I wish he were an inch smaller so that we could compete as a pony, although we're mostly attending dressage schooling shows so it doesn't really matter.

                                          Here is Almighty Good Guy aka Pepper:


                                          I am 5'1" and about 117 pounds, but my legs are somewhat longer and my body shorter.
                                          I am jealous of all those pretty ponies everyone has, including this beauty.

                                          I guess that some of my reiners, at barely 14.2 hands, could be considered "pony sized", as I am.

                                          Edited to add these two ponies of many years ago.
                                          The gray cross we were training as a hunting pony prospect and I was using him as whipper in that fall.
                                          The other one was a wonderful older hunt pony I had the pleasure of exercising and was a joy to jump, very talented:


                                          Yes, we didn't use to wear hats when riding, only showing or hunting.
                                          Guess that we didn't want our hats to get dirty.
                                          Ponies can be as talented as big horses and with just as big a jump.

                                          OP, good luck, seems that you can find a great adult suitable pony, looking at what has been posted.
                                          Last edited by Bluey; Apr. 15, 2012, 08:09 PM.