The World According to Ponies

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Love them or detest them, chances are a pony has contributed to your love of horses. Many of us had our first ride aboard a pony (I know I did) and experienced our first injury due to a naughty pony (me again).

While we might have ambivalent feelings toward the little beasties, there’s no doubt that ponies love being ponies. And why shouldn’t they? Ponies have conquered plenty of humans either through outright intimidation or by utilizing the charm inherent in a sweet face and petite constitution. This concept intrigued me, so I spent hours interviewing countless ponies so I could understand how they view the world. And thus I present this list of comments, straight from the mouths of ponies:

Pony Life

See? There are indeed plenty of reasons why it’s good to be a pony!

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Cindy Hale
Cindy Hale’s life with horses has been filled with variety. As a child she rode western and learned to barrel race. Then she worked as a groom for a show barn, and was taught to harness and drive Welsh ponies. But once she’d taken her first lessons aboard American Saddlebreds she was hooked on English riding. Hunters and hunt seat equitation came next, and she spent decades competing in those divisions on the West Coast. Always seeking to improve her horsemanship, she rode in clinics conducted by world-class riders like George Morris, Kathy Kusner and Anne Kursinski. During that time, her family began raising Thoroughbred and warmblood sport horses, and Cindy experienced the thrills and challenges of training and showing the homebred greenies. Now retired from active competition, she’s a popular judge at local and county-rated open and hunter/jumper shows. She rides recreationally both English and western. Her Paint gelding, Wally, lives at home with her and her non-horsey husband, Ron.

8 COMMENTS

  1. I read a quote somewhere that said “if ponies were people they’d all be in prison”. Every time I see one of the cute little cusses I think of that!

  2. Throughout my life I usually tend to go more so to the 16 HH horses, but I have had some wonder pokes! For example: Cocoa (gelding), Koda (gelding) and Paris (mare)!

  3. YUP, I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS ABOUT PONIES, BUT I’M COMING FULL CIRCLE IN MY LIFE WITH HORSES. I STARTED OUT WITH PONIES AND I’M STARTING TO GROW FOND OF THEM AGAIN… IN A PECULIAR WAY.
    MAYBE IN A FEW YEARS I’LL HAVE A SMALL COLLECTION OF THEM IN MY BACKYARD!

  4. I would be proud to be called a pony! I can relate to their disposition so well! My pony was Jitterbug and this so fit her. You did forget one, though. When she had enough of anything (or any place) she would lie down! That was nearly 75 years ago and it seems like last week. Thank you for sharing this.

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