A salute to little grey ponies...

Festive_Felicitations

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I don't know if it is a uniquely Australian thing,
but the sight of a little grey pony
with a confidant looking child on board,
sends terror into the heart of all others.
Chestnuts may casue the nervous rider a moments hesitation,
and be acknowledged with a nod,
as a slight raising of the stakes.
Bays, blacks, paints, and duns are not a casue of fear.
But all accept the fact
that the highest they can possibly place,
is behind the little grey pony.
Even the pro's gracefully bow to the force majeure
that is a grey, and often hairy, pony.

Not so feared in DR as they have little patience
for the stuff between the white boards,
but Eventing, SJ and Mounted games,
they are unbeatable.

Between 12.2 and 14.2hh,
of mixed and indeterminate breeding,
they go round courses as a moving blur of grey -
small, fast, and able to turn on the dime
and yet with incredible scope.

Your only hope of beating one
is if they accidentally loose the rider
(who are attached with super glue).
I have had the pleasure of competing against one
that I swear knew the round of SJs by heart
and could have gone clear on its own
(no disrespect meant to the rider)

So as a new competition year starts
I salute the unstoppable force that is
a little grey Australian pony.
 

mil1212

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Spot on. Not a uniquely Australian thing, I had, what my mum describes as the 'perfect pony', 14hh grey mare, she could definately jump round a course without me, and out jump any horse I have had!
 

Baggybreeches

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Not unique to Oz!
I am ultra fortunate to have had 3 little grey ponies (all mares too)
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Lolo

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There is a little grey pony down the raod from us who has taught hundreds of children to ride. She is now very old, has pretty much no teeth and isn't ridden that foten but she knows every PC dressage test off by heart, can take a 5 year old boy round an XC course and never ever stops (unless she's at home where she will just gently trot back to the start). She hunts like a dream and has a queue of about a hundred mummies desperate for her as their perfect first proper pony. She's small and very very hairy and everyone adores her.

Wierdly, all our little grey ponies have been absolute sh!ts.
 

Festive_Felicitations

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OK just read my OP, profusive apologies for the corney writing style, my only excuse was bordem and I was procrastinating!

I'm am glad to hear that there is such thing as the odd 'sh!t' little grey pony, sadly never competing against me.
But as it is an otherwise international phenomena I think for my next horse I will bite the bullet, hack my self off at the knee and buy one! To hell with all this big TB and WB nonsense! That or demand they have their own class at events....
 

Alibear

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Grey ponies such wonderful things.

Although my palomino mare seemed to have a pathological hatred of them, that made warm ups fun!
 
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