All Around, Beginner, Breeding, Companion, Endurance, English Pleasure, Equitation, Field Trial, Gaited, Gymkhana, Kid Safe, Lesson, Natural Horsemanship Training, Pack, Playday, Pleasure Driving, Project, Ridden English, Saddle Seat, Started Under Saddle, Trail
Sophie is a really great little girl. She has quite the personality and never causes a problem. She honestly gets along with anyone and everyone and literally never puts a toe out of line.
Here's the good about her.
She's small enough to be a true pony type horse but she is stout enough to pack an adult without a problem. She is smooth! She's longer strides than your average Paso but that's also because I don't have a clue how to better train her to be more like a traditional Paso.... (read more) She has a ton of speed for a tiny girl if asked and can easily keep up with standard sized horses. She is fearless on a trail. She's never balked or spooked at anything I've put in front of her. She's been on hills, over downed trees, around horses running loose in paddocks close to her, equipment running, water crossings, dogs barking and even my pet pig squealing and grunting for attention. So far, she's been rock solid. Sophie is still what I consider quite green though so I am definitely not going to say she is kid ready however I've never had her buck, rear, or run off. I think any form of consistent riding will have her ready in no time. I just don't have enough time for her. Sophie is really good in a stall and has no bad habits but she loves being outside in a herd. She's been a companion for everything from my mini to my heard of brood mares and babies. She's low on the pecking order but she won't let herself get hurt. She is a super easy keeper and doesn't require any special feeds or supplements.
The not so good...
Sophie came to me originally as a rescue. She was deathly thin (literally), lame and her teeth had grown locked together due to an I'll fitting halter being left on her most of her early life. I fixed her teeth and got her back in good shape physically. The only things that remain from her past is she can still be shy or jumpy. She doesn't explode or kick or bite but she might quiver or be a little hard to catch. The good news is she loves food so a carrot will always win her over. She has no problems with her teeth any more but she can still be shy with the farrier. If they go slowly, she's a rock star. She does ride in a bit but isn't finished by any means. As I said before, I just don't have any time to do this. She does steer and stop without a problem. The only other negative I can even think of is she poops in her tail. It's not a problem and I know she's healthy. She's just a nervous Nelly and doesn't bother to move her tail. Is ugly but otherwise not an issue.
I had such great plans of keeping Sophie forever and letting my own children eventually ride her but life has changed dramatically in the last year and I don't want her to sit here and go to waste. She's way to good of a pony for that.
I've got pictures and videos of her and I can always take more on request. Visitors are welcome :)
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