Never underestimate a Scruffy (proud mum, sorry)

scruffyponies

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My long term sharer (15) took some fairly harsh pony criticism over the summer from a friend's rather 'old-schoool' granny, regarding Duke's conformation (Charitably, he has a plain front, under-developed behind and slightly roach back). Friend was due to enter the NF Point to Point this year, so sharer decided to give it a go herself.

Duke was pulled out of the field, unclipped, unshod, un-prepared and unfed (grass only). Despite his reputation for being a complete ass (rears and backs up) , his rider had forgotten her crop, so her mum cut a stick, hoping it would be allowed. He ate the stick before the race started.

They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and finished a very creditable 5th out of 20.
Sadly the friend bottled it, and didn't enter.

Here he is heading towards the finish, looking pretty fresh, and perky.
3 miles across a bog in 11 minutes.

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Well done and to hell with the naysayers. Duke has super hooves by the way. I always look at the feet first and if they are good enough I look at the rest of the horse.
Thanks. He looks to have a bit of flare on the inside front, which is about right for him. He doesn't quite wear straight, so although he pretty much self-trims on the road-work, I just straighten him up every now and then.
 

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Taking "un-prepared" as lacking the normal finishing touches rather than "unfit", that's the kind of spirit and fun horse owning is all about, they both look like they are having a ball.
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We've certainly had him fitter and he's a bit tubby but yes, they have been hacking out regularly for a couple of weeks in anticipation of doing a bit of fast work.

It does help that he's out 24/7 and our regular hacks aren't slow.
 

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We've certainly had him fitter and he's a bit tubby but yes, they have been hacking out regularly for a couple of weeks in anticipation of doing a bit of fast work.

It does help that he's out 24/7 and our regular hacks aren't slow.
He was fit enough by the looks of it, that glint in his eye 😁

I love seeing scruffy ponies showing that you don't have to have a sleek sports horse to get out there and have fun.
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Well done! I love it when scruffy ponies clean up. We used to have a local vet whose kids always had really scruffy, funny looking ponies and they’d rock up to one-day competitions in a battered old wagon. Woe betide the competitor that took them at face value though - our vet knew her horses and bought ponies with character, honesty and talent. Her kids absolutely cleaned up and always finished the day with huge smiles, as did the ponies.
 

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Funniest thing I ever saw was at a local show, a lad turned up on a hairy grey cob and got through to the jump off. The other kids were smirking because they thought the cob would be slow. It was slow, but they had a masterclass to watch, that cob turned on a sixpence, turned in the air,it was beautiful to watch and beat the "speedy" ponies by a mile lol.
Biggest cheer of the day, as they say, handsome is as handsome does :)
 
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