“Sense and Sensibility” (S & S) is a young palomino Welsh pony that is just that – beautiful visually and very sensible. In time, she will be a perfect golden palomino. She is one of the sweetest ponies I have ever met. There is not a trace of pony attitude - pinned back ears, kicking, biting, shaking her head, etc. She can be slightly timid when she first meets you, but within hours or days, she will want to be with you. Some horses tend to have an affinity towards people, and she is one of them.... (read more) My then 9-year-old daughter (now 10 years old) is the sole one that started her under saddle and is continuing her training.
S & S was never a spooky horse. Even as a yearling, she was fine with chainsaws, loud noises, four-wheelers, motorcycles, unpredictable children jumping all over her, sudden movement, etc. It took nothing for her to allow me to whip the ground right next to her, whip the air above her head, and put a tarp over her head and body. My daughter began her natural horsemanship training on the ground for about a month before riding. She knew her voice cues for trot, canter, and whoa before ever being saddled. She knew how to back up, flex laterally, spin on her hind or forequarters, and ground-drive before she was ever saddled.
Needless to say, she was started under saddle without a fight and has been walk/trot/cantering in the arena, going over cross rails and small jumps, and riding outside the arena a little bit. She has a nice trot and an impressive canter. She is going to be a great, scopey jumper with an easy lead change. She is a bit on the lazy side, but she does not require a crop. She is willing to move up or shift down in her gait. She does not break down easily. She has an amazing stop on her with just seat and voice cue (maybe a tiny bit of rein).
S & S is 13.1 hands now but will almost definitely mature above 14 hands. She is still 2 years old, so she is young and green. She has only been ridden by my daughter, who is young but very brave and balanced. We skip no steps when it comes to making a pony safe and making sure there are no holes in their training. We train a horse to move forward when she is asked and only go the speed she is asked to go (no faster, no slower), to stop when she is asked without resistance, to stand stock still until she is asked to go, to steer softly and easily, to stay still when mounting and dismounting, to accept new “scary” objects without losing their marbles or bolting, to be flexible and bendable, to cross and swim through water, to trail, to jump all sorts of things such as fences, logs, hay bales, etc. Sense and Sensibility is somewhere in the middle of all this training and is making consistent progress in all of the above. She is being offered for sale now at $3500 to whoever would like to continue her training. Her price will increase with milestones. In a couple weeks, she should be ready for her first trail ride. Then, by the end of summer & beginning of fall, she should be ready for her first show. I am adding some video links here for you to view. I will continue to add videos as I take them, so check back often!
1. Impressive canter (only 2nd time cantering in arena), even a lead change: Watch "Sense & Sensibility" 2 Yr Old Welsh - Will Mature As Large Pony
2. Walk/trot/canter/whoa (after 1 week of working in arena): Watch "Sense & Sensibility" 2-Yr-Old Welsh - W/T/C & Whoa
3. First time trotting over poles & cross rails: Watch Sense & Sensibility- First Time Trotting Over Poles & Crossrails
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