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So hard to find full up island type ridden Shetlands these days!

Discussion in 'Adults who ride Ponies' started by Metallicblue, May 16, 2017.

  1. Wally

    Wally Well-Known Member

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    :D :D :D, it was in a box of stuff a friend asked us to take to the charity shop, It was one of those arms you shut in the boot of your car to make it look like a body was in the back......anyway we shoved it under his tail and originally the caption was something along the lines of "did the vet find the thermometer? Never mind the thermometer, where's the vet?"..the lass riding him is a vet

    He was a very, very sweet natured stallion, so kind, so laid back, you could put tiny tots on his back for pony rides.

    I just missed this photo of a friends 5 year old, She had been cuddling him with his whole head in her arms at a show where he'd just got the Best Black Stallion trophy...he was almost asleep, such a sweet , sweet boy.[​IMG]
     
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  2. Metallicblue

    Metallicblue New Member

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    Love it! hahaha! He was a lovely sort and sounds a gem. I don't subscribe to the whole "Shetlands are demons" ethos. Treat them like any other horse and they'll follow suit. My standard mare is the kindest little thing, certainly not a kid's pony under saddle but such a sweet, utterly compliant soul. I feel a lot of Shetlands get the short end of the stick and a bad reputation due to being handled like toys. A real shame!
     
  3. Wally

    Wally Well-Known Member

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    Couldn't agree more, If you treated Warmbloods like a lot of Shetlands end up being treated they'd have a filthy reputation
     
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  5. Metallicblue

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    Absolutely Wally! Same goes for most stallions. I've had a lot of "problematic" ponies come into my care and every one has rapidly resolved into a lovely personality when they realised there were people out there capable of treating them kindly, fairly but firmly. It's the most sensitive animals who wish for nothing more than to please you and yet sadly encounter people who are just not fair or confident. Shetlands get it the absolute worst due to abuse relating to their small stature and having to suffer at the hands of some children who's parents just don't teach them to respect the animals.

    Your stallion was an absolute stunner! I hadn't noticed the photo of him with his little friend above. It's getting impossible to find black ones these days too!
     
  6. newforest

    newforest Opinion, a view not always based on knowledge.

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    The same can be said for chestnuts or chestnut mares. Cobs are always safe confidence giving plods.
     
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    Please don't say that to my friend who's been looking after and riding Little Un while I'm away - she says he makes her appreciate her quiet 4yo that's not long out of racing! He IS safe, but he's also forward and does have the Welsh cob sense of humour . . .
     
  8. newforest

    newforest Opinion, a view not always based on knowledge.

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    That's the thing they are all individuals.
    One ex racer I rode came out because he was uninterested in joining in.
    A Shetland run off with me once because he could not because he was a Shetland.
     
  9. Metallicblue

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    Mental these old equestrian wives tales and stereotypes! Quietest pony I ever owned was my old chestnut section C stallion. I was told when I bought him that he had supposedly been ridden in the past by a previous owner. I frequently hopped on him in the yard when he was tied up for his groom. I would sit there getting all his good itchy spots and he loved it! After his breeding duties were over for the season I thought it would be nice for him to have another job so tacked him up and had a little plod around the school. He was ridiculously green, didn't know a thing and was quite confused but didn't put a foot wrong! It blew my mind when his 'previous', previous owner got in touch with me and I asked what he had done under saddle and was told, nothing, he wasn't broken to ride!!! :eek: Chestnut, Welsh and a stallion!

    On the flip side I've met some very spicy natured traditional cobs! I think when people have preconceived ideas due to these stereotypes it does effect the way they approach and treat the animal. There's nothing a horse finds more suspicious than a suspicious person!
     
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    Reviving this thread with a quick question. Does anyone know where I can get a Shetland measuring stick? Annoyingly I have one which goes up to 39" and one that starts at 10.2hh! Is there such a thing that does everything in between? Cheers!
     
  11. CharliesAngel

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    yes i got mine on ebay!!
     
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