We have worked with Thomas for 2yrs. Bought for my (now) 10 yr Daughter as her first pony. Previously owned by a local riding school since age 5 where he had been used regularly for mainly lead rein lessons. Since owning him, Thomas has gained experience in all pony club activities, local shows, hacking and dressage competitions (scores 65%+).
Thomas enjoys hacking with others and we have enjoyed short pony holidays away together. Hacking with others makes him feel brave and my 10 year old daughter copes well with this. He does find hacking alone difficult, he can be strong and stubborn as he gets anxious, this is difficult for my daughter but a more experienced rider or an experienced family that has opportunities to hack out with others would achieve this. Thomas is a typical cheeky cob who needs clear boundaries, but is so lovable and fun to be around.
In the school he is a kick-along-type but once moving forward he will happily take part in rallies, flatwork and jumping lessons. He has a lovely rhythm and balance in his flat work, particularly enjoying his dressage work.
My daughter has taken him round courses of 40/50cm in show jumping and schooled XC fences of 50/60cm through pony club and private coaching sessions. He has potential to go further as he is showing good scope and promise.
On grass and at competitions Thomas comes alive in himself and can be forward in a positive manner and still managed in a snaffle bit. He can on occasion become excited and pop a single buck and pull some cheeky moves eg. stopping and running out at the odd fence (video evidence available on request) However, he knows his job and once engaging his brain and being ridden confidently he can perform an excellent job and hasn’t let us down whilst out at local shows or competitions.
Thomas is a sturdy/chunky boy who takes up leg nicely. He is currently in a good state of fitness being regularly exercised by my 10 year old daughter.
On the ground, he will stand to be brushed by both my 5 and 10 yr old daughters. He tolerates my daughters ‘hairdressing role plays’ and dressing up! He loves pony club games!
No issues with clipping, farrier, dentist or loading & traveling in both a trailer and a horsebox (sometimes requires a bum nudge). He lives out during summer and is in during the winter months but would happily live out all year round. We have him shod on the fronts due to the farm being particularly stoney.
He experiences a small patch of mallanders (common cob condition) behind his front knees, it can be sensitive for him, but is easily self managed and does not stop his work or play.
We believe that Thomas would be suitable as a 2nd pony for a young teen wanting to continue his education and we are excited to see what the future holds for him.
Up to date with farrier, teeth, saddle fitter and vaccinations.
Thomas is a much loved member of our family and it is a very sad sale.
Excellent facilities available for trial and homes will need to be vetted.
Strictly no novices, dealers or riding schools please.