Tell me a bit about your horse

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Croccy1979 Thu 03-Jan-13 10:22:48

Just wondering what kind of horses and ponies you lovely people have.

Tell me a bit about your horse, such as size, age, breed, how long you have had them, what you do with them, what you especially love about them, any bad habits or funny stories about them

CMOTDibbler Thu 03-Jan-13 10:28:39

DS has an 11hh welsh section A pony, who is mud grey. He's 5, and is a right cheeky object, but coming along nicely.

He loves rolling in the mud, and pretending that he is 17hh and fighting with the big boys. Its hilarious watching his herd hoolying round their field, then stopping to watch the kids football in the next field.

I love his huge hair, his cheeky little face, and the way he canters across the field whinnying at me. I could do without the mudlocks and his urge to put everything in his mouth.

50BalesOfHay Thu 03-Jan-13 12:12:04

Pics on my profile. We have:
Nell (DH's horse) 16hh 17 year old Belgian Draft who's just a happy hacker and loves going to the pub. I've taught DH to ride on her and she has the most amazing marching walk. She's got some issues with her legs so we have to be very careful with her work, and she's recovering from cancer surgery at the minute so she's been a worry, but she and DH are very much in love and she'll be his girl for the rest of her life.

Megan (mine) is 14 years old, 14hh and is a Fell/cob. She's lovely, well manered, low maintenance, hacks out beautifully and does a nice dressage test and jumps a bit when I feel brave. I was a really nervous rider when I got her and she's totally looked after me and helped me find my confidence so she's my forever horse

Ben is 13.3hh, a welsh/arab and nearly 20. He was GD's first pony and is on loan to a lovely girl and still on our yard. He's the ultimate professional little schoolmaster, very safe and sensible, but happily jumped 1m20 at camp last time they went. When current loaner outgrows him we'll see if we can find someone who wants a nice safe hack as he'll retire from jumping after next season (he still enjoys it a lot, but there has to come a time!).

Cassie is a 14.2 8 year old Connemara/tb who's out on loan with view to buy, and they are very likely to buy her, so not really ours now.

Then we've recently got Caprio on loan for GD. (no pic yet) He's a 15hh, palamino, 7 years old, very green, very forward and can be bolshy. He scared his less confident owner so has hardly done anything for a year. He's really nice on the ground, very friendly and actually quite a genuine horse who just needs lots of very clear riding, his brain occupying and teaching what's wanted. We've also found the makings of a good athletic jump, and he's working well towards an outline. Early days yet but we may well buy him as GD loves him (and the more he's naughty the more she loves getting him in the school and sorting him out)

I could go on all day about the horses (and my family would say I often do)

N0tinmylife Thu 03-Jan-13 14:35:37

I have an 8 year old TB. He is bloody lovely! I've only had him 7 months so we are still getting to know each other really. We have had our ups and downs, the biggest down being when I changed his saddle and he decided he didn't like the new one and bucked me off, but we are definitely getting there now!

I am hoping to do a bit of showjumping with him eventually, although that is a way off yet. We have been having jumping lessons for the last month or so. He is brilliant, and will pretty much jump anything I point him at, although he does need a fair bit of reassurance. I am somewhat less brilliant however. grin

D0G Thu 03-Jan-13 15:25:54

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horseylady Thu 03-Jan-13 17:58:38

8 year old black tb. 15.2. When she's good, she's very good. We try to forget the bad times lol!!

Then a 16 year old welsh cob. She's just fabulous!!

Mitchy1nge Thu 03-Jan-13 18:07:41

20 something yo brown 15.2 little horse/big pony, he is my great great great great love

and a, must be 9 now? skewbald (blue roan/white or pink) chunky 13.2 who has grown on me over the years

Pixel Thu 03-Jan-13 19:03:46

7 yo 15.2hh Bay Roan cob with masses of mane and tail, a real head-turner with lovely paces. He hasn't turned out to really be the right horse for me (he grew much bigger than intended for a start) but he is so beautiful and can be a darling on the rare occasion when he wants to, I haven't screwed myself up to sell him yet, even though I really need a 14hh plodder that I can trust share with ds.
We also have in the family a rising 24, 14hh golden dun welshie with white legs and blaze. Ex showpony and knows it! He is a complete gentleman to handle and bombproof in traffic but has a wicked buck in him in open spaces.
Lastly little black shetland, almost 30 and a total angel in every way apart from beating up big cob if she gets the chance. She is my favourite but don't tell the others smile.

seeker Thu 03-Jan-13 19:08:47

19 year old grey Arab mare. Lovely to look at, kind and honest, but can't live in- goes completely doolally in a stable, so a constant battle against weight loss and mud fever in the winter.

2 year old black dales project pony. Very keen to please, but a real baby with everything to learn.

CatPussRoastingOnAnOpenFire Thu 03-Jan-13 23:35:40

Firstly, a lovely, well bred sec A mare by Pendock Legend. Late teens, a dream of a LR pony, crap as a FR so has been resting, having foals. Second one due may. Hoping DD will get back on once she is weaned, now she has confidence and ability.
Then, our wonderful, gorgeous, beloved big black shetland. She is hooge! Full up to height, wears a 5'3 rug, cob sized bridle and rides like a 13'2! Great as a FR/LR/Anything. Not long legged enough to keep up with big beasts on hacks, so currently at grass/entertaining small people.
Cuurrently in work, a 13hh New Forest filly in fleabitten grey. A character filled little girl. Born wild in the forest, quirky, a bit of a marmite pony. Can be ridden by anyone, novice or expert, who gels with her. If you dont gel, you might as well give up!
Next, our boy. 2 in may, home bred from the Legend mare and Tiffwyl Moonshine, and a nice dark grey. Not a big boy, will probably be nice as a LR, lots of charm. a right little bugger
Latest arrival is a pretty little piebald cob x shetland filly, 2 in may. Bought for a song by DD from Dragon Driving. Dad apparently was the biggest stallion in the field. Hoping she will make 13hh and possibly be DDs future ride. Not looking that likely right now, as she is growing up quite nicely, but is quite short coupled. Ok for DD for a while as she has a tiny bum and can fit a wee saddle, but may be broken to drive and/or sold on.

rogersmellyonthetelly Thu 03-Jan-13 23:39:18

I have spotty pony. 17.2/3hh (can't be arsed measuring, what's the point, it's bloody huge) 3/4 warm blood x tb. Tobiano with spots on the white bits. 7yo, thick as two short planks but willing and likes to please. Slight drama queen regarding injuries. Does county shows in the coloured classes but can turn his hand to jumping/dressage. Also hacks to the pub.
He is an absolute bog monster, he doesn't roll, he wallows in mud, currently has 3 inch mud ringlets in his mane and his tail could stand up on its own. He is currently away on show livery whilst I wait for this baby to arrive and I miss him so badly :0(

CatPussRoastingOnAnOpenFire Thu 03-Jan-13 23:47:59

New Forest is a bog monster too. We call her 'The bog of eternal stench'! In winter she goes everywhere with a heat haze of stench! Rolling in shit is her hobby! confused

TheLoneRanger Thu 03-Jan-13 23:56:09

I have a fine grey stallion, capable of many tricks. His name is Silver. wink

envy of all your mounts...

TataClaire Fri 04-Jan-13 15:31:33

Bob the black cob with white feathers 16h heavyweight who is 13 and Jester the 12 yr old middleweight 15.3h grey cob who has pink skin with black spots over his body and face. Looks like a zebra cross dalmatian when he's clipped! Also called Jester for a reason...

horseylady Fri 04-Jan-13 17:39:44

Love the bog monsters!!

My welsh doesn't really roll. She doesn't really do turn out. Especially not in mud/rain/heat etc. She melts......

seeker Fri 04-Jan-13 17:47:45

grin at Silver.

Dd's grey Arab loves mud, and rubs her face in it. Her mane and tail turn nicotine yellow and straggly in November and stay that way til first bath. She loses condition in the cold and looks like a coat stand. While remaining relentlessly cheerful and up for anything.

Imabadmum Fri 04-Jan-13 19:10:29

We have 3 soon to be 4 grin

My hoss, 16hh chestnut roan mare, 12yo, sweet, kind, lovely girl. Messy in the stable (wees several gallon every night) and is a bit short on brakes. Had her 7 years and will never sell her.

2 hairy wee Dartmoor mares, a chestnut and a dark bay, 11hh and 10hh respectively, both good LR. Owned the chestnut for 18mnths and the bay for more years than I care to remember , maybe 12 years?

And collecting a new horse in the morning for my 14 yo dsd, a 15hh dark bay mare, 14 yo.

TheLoneRanger Fri 04-Jan-13 19:31:29

I'm glad you got the Silver reference, Seeker. I had terrible doubts that everyone on here might be too young to have the faintest idea...

Millie2013 Fri 04-Jan-13 19:42:34


13hh sec B mare, 30 years, owned for 24 years, childhood pony and now a big, expensive pet (but we adore her)

14.2hh welshxarab with possibly a bit of TB chucked in, rescued as a yearling, intended to back and sell on, but I have come to the conclusion that I am rubbish at selling on

I keep eyeing up sec As, as had one as a child and would like one for small person, when she is old enough. OH insists that the Mamas and Papas furry horse on wheels will be sufficient, I disagree....

I'd also like to get something dressageish in the next couple of years and get out and about again...

SkeletonButterfly Fri 04-Jan-13 20:31:31

I have a 16.2 chestnut gelding, ArabxTB. In my dreams sad

I wish I had a horse! Desperate to get back riding againsmile and this thread is making me v v green!

monsterchild Fri 04-Jan-13 20:43:25

we have a 15 hh Appaloosa who is slid buckskin with lovely dapples. He's 9 and I've had him since he was 6 months. He's my steady guy. we mostly just go into the mountains and hope to go camping this year! He's a big talker, in your pocket sort of horse but he's not spooky and gives rides to the kids quite happily.

Our other horse is a 14.2 Spotted saddle horse. hes very comfy to ride and also good in the mountains. He's 16, and we got him last year when his owner couldn't keep her horses anymore due to illness.

They are both great

monsterchild Fri 04-Jan-13 20:44:04

oop, that should be solid buckskin...

I share a 16.2 chestnut tb, who is just 20!
He is so sweet and dopey on the ground, but does have moments when ridden when recalls his past life as a hunter/ eventer smile
Loves a plod around with a small child on him, but hates to hack out alone sad
And jumps everything as if it were a 6ft fence even trotting poles

I think he's nearing retirement now, so am thinking a nice chunky 15hh cob next grin

Twattybollocks Fri 04-Jan-13 21:25:18

You know, I have a chestnut tb with no white legs in my dreams. Then I get to the yard and see the reality which is 4 white legs and a white tail covered in mud/piss/shit and I want to weep. When I was looking at horses I wanted a chestnut riding horse. I came back with Spotty. Wtf happened there? Needless to say the next horse, hopefully 20 odd years down the line will not have any white on its legs at all. Ever. Not even a hair!

horseylady Sat 05-Jan-13 10:13:06

Twatty - I did that!! My welsh has a big White face and four big White socks.

My black horse is just black. Pure black. No whiteness anywhere!! It's wonderful!!

i have Tigger a 15.1hh 9 yr old welsh x hackney x appaloosa gelding. bought as a 3yr old backed by me. he is spooky and silly but i love him to bits. he went on loan for 2yrs when i had my first DS and did a lot of BSJA, BD and a BE90 event. i have lost my nerve jumping though so we mostly hack

and i have Ethel a 13.1hh 4yr old mare. Bought as a 2yr old off Bodmin moor completely unhandled. She was backed as a 3yr old then turned away for 9 months. She is now coming back into work. Amazing little mare brave and lets my 2yr old DS do anything with her

Kormachameleon Mon 07-Jan-13 09:05:41

I have Heidi who is a Norwegian Fjord horse, she is 14.3, built like a tank and will be 17 in June.
She is clever and predictable but strong willed and hard to ride

I love her more than life itself

Dhorse is failed point to pointer - rising 11 although you'd think he was about 5 sometimes. He's meant to be a hunter but has been barking mad on all outings so far this season, but after 5 hours on the hills last week will hopefully settle a bit. He is also a bog monster and can get mud in places whilst he's wearing his rug which you wouldn't think possible.

Dpony is companion pony, much loved and low mileage. He's meant to be grey but is generally clay coloured. He's a very good nanny to dhorse, and occasionally gets hauled out for visiting children to ride.

Love them both to bits (most of the time) - pics on profile.

alwaysGOLD Mon 07-Jan-13 13:09:51

All these horses sound fab smile

I have two

First is a 15.1 6yr old, id x black mare only had her 6 months ridden her twice! Due the bad knee, now recovered just getting her fit, ready for some shows i hoping her knee goes down enough to do county showing as a show cob. She has the best nature, total mud monster, she will actually walk and rub her face along the floor. Disgusting!!!

Second a 2 (nearly 3) yr old bay tb filly. I just play with her at the min, she will be backed in summer and will probaly sell her at shes only 14.2 at present! I dont think shell grow big enough for me sad shame she is a real sweetie,

dappleton Tue 08-Jan-13 10:12:20

this is really nice, i've often wondered what peoples horses are like when reading threads on here:

I have -
16hh TB Bay 12yrs old. ex-racehorse - my favourite, very cheeky and such a fun ride.
16.1hh TB Bay 13yrs old. ex-racehorse - he's my rock, I depend on him to be calm and wise day in and day out.
15.2 TB. Bay. 15yrs old. ex-racehorse - a total sweetheart, going to start using him for autistic riding classes
16.3hh TB Bay 5yrs old ex-racehorse - mmhhh...laid back springs to mind, no wonder he is retired from racing at 3yrs old. A gentle giant.
16hh TB bay 6yrs. ex-racehorse - Total baby, constantly attention seeking, he's growing on me.

...are you noticing a theme yard of identical horses is a bit confusing to newcomers!

and some ponies...
14.1hh palamino boarpard - gorgeous, the most wonderful hacking companion you could ever have.
14.1hh fell cross - jekyll and hyde - we have very good day's and very bad days
13hh shitland cross - would happily sell but nobody in their right mind would buy him...
10.3hh welsh cross - totally sweet children's LR pony, off the LR she's a lunatic, she is a very strong character and stands up for herself against all the horses despite the fact she is very tiny!

and 3 racehorses - one of which is living with us right now, he's a very cheeky boy and is enjoying dragging people around as he dances through the air.. I say a little prayer everytime I get on him...

Poledra Wed 09-Jan-13 11:54:36

Well, he's not really my horse but...

I ride a gorgeous 16.3hh Irish Draught, 23 years old but thinks he's much younger. Wasn't gelded till into his teens, so still has a bit of an eye for the laydees. smile Totally unflappable, beautiful manners but can be a bit obstreporous (if you don't ask properly, then he's damn well not going to do it!). He fell over his own feet the other week and went down on his front knees (no damage, we were in a slightly boggy outdoor school) and I swear he looked ashamed of himself! Fleabitten grey, big muscly type who demands to rub his face down my front once he's got his bridle off.

I wish he was mine, and if I ever get my own horse, it'll be a big chunky draught horse type (*50Bales*, your DH's Nell looks gorgeous).

N0tinmylife Wed 09-Jan-13 15:39:44

dappleton, your big one sounds like he has exactly the same personality as mine. He came last in his only race, and I can't say I'm surprised! My Mums 20 year old cob can out race him easily, because she gets all excited and shoots off, while he bimbles along looking a bit baffled! grin

Fredstheteds Wed 09-Jan-13 22:21:28

11 year old highland pony , Balleroy Mercury, aka Freddie. Grey gelding, very naughty loveable but sharp ( meant to be quiet ponies!)

8 year old Traditional cob, red and white mare. Sweet but can be a pain to catch. Rescued with small amount of baggage known as Little Miss Daisy.

2 other highlands, one mums- sweet and lovely! Other retired and grumpy....

Butkin Wed 09-Jan-13 22:48:01

Palomino 8yo connemara mare. Not doing much except hacking.
Palomino 12.1 Welsh B. DD's schoolmaster and done her proud for 3 show seasons. Hope to jump him more this year and do some Junior Riders as well as Tets and FRs.
Grey 12.0 SHP. Lovely young boy - rising 5 - but will be for sale soon as DD will outgrow him before he hits the heights he will rise to.
Bay 12.2 SP Our new mare and potential RIHS and HOYS pony. She went to both last year for previous owner.
Strawberry roan 11.2 Welsh A. Was a top lead rein but now family pet. Will be sold on once DD admits she is too big for him (not ridden for a year) - hopefully this Spring.

50BalesOfHay Thu 10-Jan-13 09:32:24

I love Highlands, Fredstheteds. Poledra, she is gorgeous, she has real presence as she's so hugely powerful, and is a real character. She is ridiculously devoted to DH and snogs his face off given half a chance grin

bahana Thu 10-Jan-13 10:15:13

So jealous of all these lovely big horses envy

We have two ponies - 13.1 and 11.2 that I spend every free moment either stressing about or looking after. I don't even get to ride [sob]

bahana Thu 10-Jan-13 10:16:35

13.1 is bay roan NF - very handsome. 11.2 is chestnut Welsh A - looks like an angry deer and is very forward going but has lovely manners. Both geldings.

therugratref Thu 10-Jan-13 10:26:28

I have a 15.2 French bred Arab, He is chestnut, lives out, goes barefoot and has just completed his novice year in Endurance.

brighthair Thu 10-Jan-13 10:38:21

I loan a 16.3hh 17yo mare. Competes at advanced medium level (dressage). Likes jumping and eating. Doesn't like rain. Always knows best, prone to throwing in half pass/pirouettes if schooling seems boring, occasionally forgets how to do something simple like a circle but will compensate by doing shoulder in <eye roll>

pipsy76 Thu 10-Jan-13 13:31:31

Beautiful horse Brighthair, thanks again for helping me out the other week!

brighthair Thu 10-Jan-13 14:18:45

No problem at all .. Have you found anything?

miggy Thu 10-Jan-13 14:51:56

My DS has two games ponies, Star 13.2 British riding pony, 23yrs old and like a mini racehorse. He is outgrown and supposed to be going on loan to a friend next month but am having cold feet, he is such a sweetie. Freckles is his new pony, 14.2 palomino quarter horse, 15yrs old and a complete babe.
I have Princess, 14.2 grey connie cross, 12yrs love her to bits but have to limit riding her as she is the widest thing in exsistence and I have a dodgy hip. My main riding ponio is my 4 yr old 13.2 Highland pony Dolly (another grey am I mad!), absolute character but 4 going on 40 so sane and sensible.
Also have Thunder 14.3 6yrs grey connie, bought him for my son who doesnt get on with him (Not whizzy enough) and cant sell hi as he has incurable hoof issues. He is on loan to lovely lady, at my yard.
Then theres the terrible twosome, DD's two shitlands, both 2yrs old, one a coloured mini and one a full size black. She shows them in hand (though at the minute they look like bog monsters! )

pipsy76 Thu 10-Jan-13 16:27:33

Bizarrely I now have the offer of a thoroughbred HOYS show horse on loan from a multimillionaire who has too many, however as I'm after a bombproof hack I'm not sure he will be right for me . Going to ride him next Thursday as I don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth grin

Pixel Thu 10-Jan-13 16:29:29

bahana steal one of them and put it in harness! smile

brighthair Thu 10-Jan-13 17:08:58

Oh yes definitely look!

DENMAN03 Thu 10-Jan-13 21:28:48

I have a 17.3hh polish warmblood called Jakub. Ive had him three years now and he is just wonderful. Hes does a bit of everything and is going proper eventing this year. He showjumped mainly when I bought him and is happily jumping newcomers although can be a bit of a 4 fault horse! Planks are there to be demolished in his eyes, so think he will be better eventing where it doesnt matter as much!

I also own a leg in a 4 star horse. He competed at Lumhulen (sp!) and Burghley last year and was clear cross country so I was a very proud mummy! Its always been my dream to have a horse at this level and hopefully he will be at Badminton again this year. (btw I dont compete him!! Im not that brave or talented!!)

Ariela Sat 12-Jan-13 02:02:50

We have two, both can be handled by 2 year olds they are so good on the ground. One is a characterful, very handsome bay New Forest with a super shaggy and long mane and tail, jumping is his forte - does fab and fast double clears, but he's a fab all rounder can easily score 65%+ for dressage, has won Le Trec, working hunter pony, chase me charlie is another he's good at, does everything you ask of him has armfuls of rosettes every year, his only 'fault' is he does like to go first when hunting/on fast hacks as he sees it as a race, and has been known to pop a cheeky buck, but other than that you could put your grandma on him. Oh and don't leave the back door open or he'll walk in, ensure that your hay barn is secure otherwise he'll be in there noshing, and if your fence is weak or two low he'll be over it. He also is a 'clean' pony despite the fact he lives out - poos in a pile, won't lay on wet ground, and spruces up lovely in 5 minutes as though you've groomed for hours (guess what colour previous pony was!) . Sadly he'll have to be up for sale just as soon as we've found something big enough for growing daughter. Shame because he is my favourite!

The other is a very well bred and handsome chestnut show pony, he's 13.2 and a slim build, he's just 22 years old and has found a new lease of life as a mounted games pony, he is very fast!

I have my pony of a life time a 11.3 dartmoor mare that we bred who has filled every horsey dream I ever had - apart from winning at hoys but bless her she tried and has been close . She is full of character a family favourite and never going anywhere, my dad can hack her out (he only weighs 9 stone) and my daughter adores her.
We also have a 6 year old 13hh Connie gelding who I hope will be half as special as the one above, my dad spends most of the time riding him after vowing never to sit on another Connie after riding our other one.
A 14hh Connie who will jump any hedge out hunting but doesn't always oblige in the ring however I love him to bits and he is a great nanny.
We also have various others most of which are dartmoors as we breed them and a few oap's that are retired in the field.

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