||Fourteen years old|
||Nova Scotia, Canada|
is my large pony Betty. She is trained English and western, although
I ride hunter/jumper. She is my first horse and has taught me so much
already in my four months of owning her! She is usually cranky but when
shown any sort of food, immediately changes her demeanor! She loves to
jump and go on hacks and is not at all spooky. When I first started to
ride her she was prone to unbelievable "long spots" when taking off over
the jump, and then bucking rodeo-style on landing. I was thrown in the
dirt many times, but kept getting up and back on. We've managed to work
through that and are now jumping two-foot courses, with hope of
progressing further this spring!
She has a great heart and for every flaw, I can find far more good in
her. I'm so lucky to have her!
Betty is just a cranky pony - unless she thinks you have something for her
to eat. Then she can look very cute and I'm reminded of her good
She is very independent, and has the run of the barn as she is the only
horse there. We leave the barn doors open to the pasture and riding ring
so she may go in and out as she pleases. She loves to run around the
field, and she will trot after apples if you toss them across the ground.
Her previous owners are good friends of ours and asked if I would show her
during the summer season as they were busy with their other large pony and
would not have the time. I agreed and started riding her. During the first
"test ride," I was bucked off but I got back on and have been doing so
ever since! After the season ended, they decided that she wasn't the right
horse for them and were going to sell her. Ironically enough, the picture
used in the for sale ad was one of me riding her at a show. Anyway,
everything seemed to work out just right and we ended up purchasing her.
She is certainly a challenge sometimes, but there's just something special
about her that gets under my skin. I'm so glad she's mine.
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