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13.1hh Pony Club Confidence Builder

Sue Hamblin in Somerset

22 years old
Welsh B
Pony Club, Show Jumping and All Rounder
Our gorgeous little (sadly now too little) Icky needs a new, smaller child to love him while he shows them the ropes. Icky has taken my previously very nervous, very novice daughter from trot poles to consistent high placings and winning at 60cm. He took a massive step down for her having come from a very brave and competent child, but never wavered, happily going back to trotting 30cm classes until we were happy to start moving up the ranks. We’ve had him for three and a half years and if there was a way to keep my daughter small or make Icks legs a bit longer, he wouldn’t be going anywhere! Icks is an older chap now, but word hasn’t gotten back to him on this. He has never been sick or sorry. He is still happy to go for a razz down the gallops, and will zoom around a 65cm course (with little to no help from his rider!) or an couple of individual fences up to 90cm, but his days of flying around 80cm are behind him. For this reason we feel that a smaller, less confident young rider is his ideal home - he is so good at building confidence that if your child is already happy over 40cm, they’ll be jumping 60 and have outgrown what he is wanting to do too quickly. Icks wasn’t a cuddly pony when we got him. I think he had been passed along a bit from one home to another though, and over his years here with us he has really settled, become quite affectionate, and I can now leave my daughter to feed, groom, tack up, and ride without any assistance. At shows he used to be quite fidgety and needed to go for a walk as soon as he was tacked up, but again, he has really chilled out and will stand quietly with or without a rider for as long as it takes. Stands quietly on a box or tied up, excellent to clip (and to teach children to clip!), currently barefoot but was shod when we got him, loads himself onto our box and friends trailer, easy for complete non horsey children to take in/out, and has done his fair share of pony rides for friends. I absolutely can’t fault this pony, and we’ve already had many tears (me and my daughter!) at the thought of him leaving us, but he is ridiculously outgrown now and too good to not have a job - and we know he’ll do a wonderful job teaching another child how to love a pony. Thousands more videos and photos on request. Pony Club references available, all questions honestly answered - I want the right home for this boy and would rather keep him for as long as it takes to find the right match.

Sue Hamblin