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ClaireK

Fingers crossed

On sunday I am going to look at yet another pony for my daughter. We have looked at numerous ones but none so far have been the right one.

We looked at one that came by recommendation and though she was lovely, she was too much of a dobbin. Sounds cruel but my daughter wants to jump higher than 60cm and i doubt if this pony would manage anything bigger than 50! It sounds cruel but having explained what i wanted out of the pony to be then told on the day that they havent jumped her, shes never been to a show and she doesnt get any faster (even when she met the hunt) is not what i wanted to hear. Shame as 4 years ago i would have taken their hand off as she would make a fantastic 1st pony.

Anyway sundays is 14.2 has been there, done it and seen it. lots of PC activities and will hopefully be the one. Comes with all her tack and rugs, is 18 yrs old which to me isnt a negative, and looks lovely in the picks.

The only neagtives is she grey (am i mad) and is down in Buckinghamshire.

My daughter is already planning the first outing and when she can take her hunting, fingers crossed she wont turn out to be a waste of time and V wont be too disappointed.

Will let you all know how we get on

Claire
kaz

Good luck - the right pony is out there somewhere.
Seabird

Don't worry about a grey!

They always seem to have that bit extra, be it character, speed, ability - and they're used to being bathed!

Good luck  
ClaireK

Her current pony is grey and V spends a large part of her time bathing her, so it wont be anything new. Thank god for decent rugs and hoods and neck covers, we may be investing in a snuggy hood if she turns out to be the right one. Maybe some snuggy jams - http://www.snuggyhoods.com/index....nuggy-Jams/View-all-products.html

Someone said to me at the weekend that they have never met a bad grey and i have to agree with them, all the greys i have known over the years have always been lovely. I have been offered several ponies over the last couple of months for V but havent had a good feeling about any of them, so heres hoping this one is the one

Claire
mogs

fingers crossed for you and V  
ClaireK

Well the pony was lovely, V did all the usual bits with her, rode her in the school, jumped her over fillers and two barrels side by side (something she wouldnt have tried on the current pony), took her for a hack and fell well and truly in love with her, surprise surprise. I now have to agree a price tonight and if all goes well pick her up at the weekend.

Claire
Captain_Dingbat

Thats brill! Look forward to lots of pics....
ClaireK

Not wishing to tempt fate but once she is safely here I will put up lots of picks of her. We will hopefully be going down on saturday to pick her up, V is already working out how long it will take in the lorry, what time we need to leave to get there and back in one day, where all the rugs will go in the lorry......you name it she is getting stuck into it like she's organising a military mission    

Claire
conundrum

Yay!!! Hope she is a great pony and your daughter has many happy years with her.  I can just picture the preparations!!!  
ClaireK

I am already dreading friday night as V wont sleep due to being excited at the thought of the new pony and i wont sleep for worrying if the lorry will manage it there and back in one day.  Roll on sat night is all i can say

Claire
mogs

awwww.
it is soooo exciting bringing home a new member to the family fold. i hope V has many happy years of fun and games with the pony, and you have lots of fun watching her and the pony grow together.

and ofcourse, although needless to say, lots of piccis please.............
sapphire

Glad you're sorted   Look forward to piccies  
ClaireK

Here she is, one grey pony called Deevie, name on her passport is Divine, but there are limits to what i will call a pony. She has come with all tack and enough rugs to start a tack shop and i 3 different lots of supplements. We went down to get her yesterday and managed there and back in a day. so all in all a good day,







Will post some more without rugs when it warms up a bit. At the moment she has that look of "What the heck is this all about?". She will be a challenge for Victoria but not one that she wont be able to rise to.

Claire
conundrum

Yeah!!! Pretty girl all snuggied up in her rugs. If she is a sensible sort she will settle in real quick.....ponies....food, attention = happy!!
lizzie44

Lovely - is she connemarax? Hope she and your daughter have years of fun ahead! Love Lizzie
ClaireK

Hi Lizzie, yes she is a Connemara. I havent had the chance to do much delving into her breeding but will have a look when time allows.

She decided on turn out this am to disappear under the electric fence and join the others! I left her where she was whilst I mucked out but when i checked her 30 mins later she was looking very fed up as non of the others would let her near the haylage! She is now back in her little bit of the field happily munching on some hay, think she had a short sharp shock from Holly on the wisdom of not invading the others space until they were willing to let her!!

Claire
ClaireK

Today, Victoria and Deevie went to their first show. They came 2nd in the 50cm SJ and then 5th in the 60cm SJ. I was really chuffed for V as at her first PC rally she had a big reality check with Deevie and lost confidence but some private lessons with a reputable instructor and we are back on track. The only thing is that she is now wanting to compete every weekend and i would love to be able to get on board my own horse!

My eldest daughter was also competing and she came 2nd for the 2nd week running in the 60cm. So all in all a good day out for us


Claire
sapphire

she looks tidy   dont think you can go far wrong with natives.
ClaireK

Yesterday Victoria took Deevee to their first hunter trial, 75cm in height, and v not having jumped that height before my heart was in my mouth. But they jumped 2 faultless clear round cross country and came 5th in the pairs (I was the other pair and let them go first and kept well enough back not to impinge on them) and then 4th in the individual.

Victoria is now looking at the 85cm classes with that glint in her eye that tells me she has well and truly got the bug again

Link to photos below:

http://www.smile-event-photography.co.uk/photo9181538.html

http://www.smile-event-photography.co.uk/photo9184932.html

http://www.smile-event-photography.co.uk/photo9185136.html

The fence in the last photo was probably the biggest on the course and was the one that i thought might cause a problem but they both sailed over in like it was a pole on the ground.

After the problems V has had with confidence it was brilliant to see the smile on her face and the hugs that DeeVee got. Have now got to email the previous owners and send them the links

Claire
lizzie44

Nice! She's got a good jump. Love Lizzie
stir crazy

I am so thrilled for your daughter - she has got bags of confidence and talent and you are such a good mum for encouraging it. he jumping ability has put me to shame, but made me smile with happy thoughts from when I was that age.
well done

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