We have two ponies for the kids and they are adored, petted, pampered and live a life of luxury.
Simbi is a 13.2hh New Forest gelding, aged around 14 years. He’s been there and done it all. Love him to bits and he’s a great kid’s pony because he’s kind and very tolerant! My 8-year-old son rides Simbi, as do all his friends.
Raffie on the other hand is a little more of a handful. He’s a 10-year-old gelding, New Forest x Thoroughbred, around 14.2hh and owned by my 13-year-old daughter, who is a pony nut. He’s great cross-country and pretty fast – that’ll be the thoroughbred in h im. But he’s a handful doing dressage and even showjumping he can be a tough ride. But Jess loves him and I can’t see her ever giving him up. Luckily Raffie is well built for a TBx so she should be able to ride him for many years to come.
We’re not a hugely competitive family, though Jess likes to do the odd hunter trial or local show and they both belong to the Pony Club. Our local club is a bit pushy but they enjoy some of the events and the rallies are always good. Camp is a must and they all enjoy that – ponies and riders. I find it a chore to get the ponies fit enough as they need to be able to go three hours a day, so it takes weeks of work to get them up to scratch. However, once they’ve been to camp they’re good to go for the rest of the holidays.
I’ll be telling you adventures of the kids and ponies as they occur so check back in regularly to hear how we’re all getting on.