Educating Stella – Part 1: Dream Pony

With Sunny retired, it was time for me to start looking for a new horse. My plan was to begin my search this spring, knowing it could take up to a year to find the perfect horse. I’d barely even started looking when my friend Sarah said these five fateful words to me:

“There’s this pony for sale.”

That was on April 13th. On May 10th I met her, and it was love at first sight. On the first of June I sat on her for the first time. And on June 21st, I brought her home. Talk about a whirlwind romance!

Stella (or, more formally, “Mountain Spring’s Ariel”) is a six year old half Connemara mare by the gorgeous Connemara stallion Bantry Bay’s Aengus, out of a lovely Sport Pony mare, Arabella.

Yes, I said “pony”. Stella is 14.1 hands high. And yes, I am asked the question almost every time. Why would you buy a pony? Why not buy a horse?

Of course there are all the logical answers to that question. The answers that kind of make sense to most people. She’s nicely bred, and would be a great broodmare. Ponies are hardier, and live longer. Ponies are less expensive to feed. Ponies are…

But the truth is this. I just love ponies. I love how smart they are. I love how quick they are. I love… yes, I love how little they are. Now, you may not know me, but I’m not a tall person. I’m five-foot-three (and a half. On a good day. In shoes…). Large ponies are just my size. I feel like I do best on horses in the 14 to 15 hand range. And knowing that I wanted a young horse that I could bring along myself, i felt I’d feel safer on (and less intimidated by) a small one.

I’ve also always just wanted to see just how far I can take a pony in the dressage world. It’s my dream to show 4th level. But it’s my pretty-please-with-sugar-on-top dream to show¬†4th level… on a pony.

So here we go. It is now my job to bring this little gem along correctly. To make her a good dressage horse and an upstanding citizen. To teach her everything she needs to know to get through life happily and confidently. It’s a huge (HUGE) responsibility, and yes, I am appropriately overwhelmed. But this is my dream. Time to go do it.

 

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  1. yay! I can’t wait to meet her in person. I think ponies are wonderful too. I’m looking forward to the two of you working together.

  2. yay! I can’t wait to meet her in person. I think ponies are wonderful too. I’m looking forward to the two of you working together.

  3. If anyone can do it, you can! And think of all the fun you’ll have along the way!

  4. If anyone can do it, you can! And think of all the fun you’ll have along the way!

  5. How exciting. Great post. It will be fun to watch the two of you progress in dressage.

  6. How exciting. Great post. It will be fun to watch the two of you progress in dressage.

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