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Captain_Dingbat

I have been very, very bad...

...but next Saturday will see me setting off with trailer to go to DOVER!!! to pick up a New Forest pony who is just stood wasted in a field.

At 7 years old, all that has happened is he has been backed. Well-handled etc etc....but he is being gifted to me so he doesn't end up at the meat-market...

He is 13.3 (perfect for my next Trec project, I like being close to the floor!) and called Toby.

Will cost me about 100 in fuel, but that's a fair price to pay for a potential perfect pony for my needs.

Pics will follow!
lizzie44

I had a New ForestX Arab as my first pony. Boy did he jump well but very stubborn and opinionated about everything. Good Luck with your new boy, a good project for you and so nice to hear he will have a good home and a lovely life. Love lizzie
sod

Good on you, maybe you should look at thread on using horse poo for winter fuel to help get rid of gilt feeling We will be waiting for the photos  
kaz

He sounds perfect - enjoy your journey
emsley

Good luck with your jouney - and special good luck with your new boy  
We did a similar thing in October - bought, for a pittance, a Dales to stop her sliding any further down the chain (meat market calling   ) and she has turned out wonderfully  
Can't wait to hear of your progress together
bodger

Not more horse poo surely dingers ?
debbie

sounds just the thing DB.  We were given our Alfie last year as he was due to go for meat - only 7 years old and broken to ride and drive but no good for the tekking centre who had bought him as he head shakes in the summer - not a problem for us as we are too busy to do anything in the summer and he is fine in the field - doesn't do it then.  Turned out to be a lovelly little chap - except for the piglet he killed last week of course Bet you have a fantastic time with your new boy.  looking forward to the photos
kaz

debbie wrote:
- except for the piglet he killed last week of course


Oooops
ClaireK

Good for you CD. Have a safe journey and look forward to the pics

Claire
sapphire

Awww, lucky you!!!!! NFs are such cracking ponies, so loyal& fun.  look forward to seeing pics when he has settled with you.

Hope you have as many years of pleasure from him as I had from my darling girl.

Very sadly had to have my oldie NF pts 2 weeks ago  
Captain_Dingbat

Toby was gifted to me  by a lovely horse forum member who was looking to find him a new home...sooooo I was the lucky one and off me and sis-in-law went to fetch him sat morning.

It's a fair trek from Lincs to the south coast but we got up at 4am (yikes!) and left just before 5am...

All was going well, tottling along down the A1, then past Stansted, and headed for the M25....BUT the sat nav then decided to have a hizzy at us, and somehow we were headed for the CONGESTION ZONE!!!!!!!!!!! So putting on the 'I'm-really-a-country-girl-and-I-hate-London' mode, dodged nutball drivers and turned us round before we got there...

A nice chap in a garage put us back on the right track and after buying a road map (sat nav is stuck back in glove compartment) we headed towards the M25...

Crossed the awesome Dartford Bridge (or woteva it's called...) and realised then that I have never before, towed the trailer through such heavy traffic, yes, have towed down a few motorways, but this is something quite different and managed to NOT knock anyone off the bridge, and eventually reached our destination. Sausage butties awaited us with a lovely mug of tea, then we loaded Toby up (he did very well, had a good look, then went straight in ) hugged my new friend C and off we trundled.

We were doing marvellously until we realised the road we wanted was closed for roadworks so had to cut across country, THEN pick up the A1 and head home...

Over 2 hours later than we planned to arrive home, we got back and led Toby down to his paddock. There was a LOT to look at, but he took it all in his stride, then once he found the grass in his paddock and had said hello to Tia, he trotted about and then started munching.

He seems to have settled in very well, and here are a few piccies taken yesterday...







Don't look at me, I look a wreck....the drive the day before almost killed me....!

lizzie44

Oh he is well cute. Have fun getting to know him. Love Lizzie
Dave C

Good looking lad
Well done.

Dave.
sod

You both look good and happy to be together
kaz

It's nice to see you and the horses......but.....there is grass and no mud - it doesn't look like that here
Captain_Dingbat

It's the old ridge and furrow pasture, we do get muddy spots but never too bad, very lucky!
ClaireK

#He looks lovely and just the right size, look forward to hearing how you get on. And you have grass!!!!

Claire
Captain_Dingbat

What are your views on adults riding ponies?

I always get mixed messages, already someone I know has commented I am 'wrong' in doing it....

sapphire

Tell them to get stuffed      Seriously, there is nothing wrong with adults riding ponies, the person who has said this to you is probably too big to ride a pony & could be jealous. Us littlies can sit on anything!

Hes a little cracker!
mrs tiggywinkle

  Toby looks lovely, have fun together.
debbie

Nothing at all wrong with adults riding ponies - look at the exmoor pony - bred specifically for the exmoor hill farmers - easy to get on and off hardy, copes easily with very difficult terraine and with attitude to do a full days work.  One of our, neighbours is nearly 70 and still hunts on his exmoor reguarly.
lizzie44

I agree with Debbie - easily on and offable is good in my books. I had a Welsh Cob who scraped in at 14.1hh I did everything with him and he wouldnt be outdone by a bigger horse. He had the heart of a lion and I loved riding him. As long as you dont need roller skates or weigh 15 stone then its fine in my book. I'm 5ft 2 ins and about 9 stone and Ive ridden a stocky 12.2hh before! Love Lizzie
debbie

Yep - my mare is 16.3 IDxTB and an ex grade A showjumper - she can gallop like the wind and jump a 6 ft x 6 ft fence with no trouble - for god sake don't point her at a 5 bar gate to stop her - but for rounding up sheep on the moor - useless - oh and she's not that keen on hauling logs or chain harrowing either!
ClaireK

Who cares what you ride, the decision should be based on:

A. Whether you are light enough to ride him/her.

B. What you feel happiest on.

As long as you know you are not doing him/her any harm, tell them to "get a life" and "do one"

Claire

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