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Duchess is a very athletic sports pony. She is 14.2hh.
She has 4 flashy, correct paces and her movement is straight. She has always been sound, she has no lumps, bumps or new or old injures.
She is a typical section D, she is forward going and keen to get the job done. She is more go then slow! If you dropped your reins whilst in trot, she would get faster and break into canter, rather than stop and eat grass, like our new forest pony ????
She does not buck, rear or nap but she is not a novice ride because she is too strong for a beginner or a small child. She has been ridden by my youngest girls, 13 and 15 years old for the last year - they are both confident, competent riders.
She would suit a competitive teenager or small adult for general riding club/pony club activities , competitions, dressage, cross country and hacking.
Duchess is a very kind, sensitive and loving pony who loves affection and cuddles. Everywhere we go people comment on how beautiful she is. She looks just like Black Beauty!
She is still green for her age because she hadn’t done much schooling in her formative years but she is a quick learner, I taught her walk to canter within 20 minutes and turn on the forehand in one session.
We have hacked her on several 10-15 mile hacks and loads of 4-6 mile hacks, with a group of ponies. We have galloped her across stubble fields, open grass fields, jumped ditches between fields out hacking, hacked across country, down bridleways, tracks and on the road. She has ridden past tractors, cars and farm machinery and always behaved impeccably!
She lives in and out with a selection of horses and ponies. We have a busy family with 5 children, 5 dogs and 8 other ponies, so
we always have people and animals coming and going and she is very unbothered by all the activity!
She is good to clip, trim, groom, wash, load, travel and is good for the farrier. She can sometimes require a bucket to catch but has never been a problem and never takes long - but if you walked into the field swinging a bridle and wearing a hat, she would probably trot off into the distance!
She is fully vaccinated and has done showjumping and dressage unaffiliated but we have recently registered her British showjumping and British dressage.
We have only owned Duchess for a year, I brought her for my youngest daughter Marigold now 14) to jump but she has been learning polo for 18 months and has now decided she prefers polo, and would like her own polo pony and doesn’t want to jump anymore.
Our 16 year old loves Duchess and showjumping but is out of ponies in January 2024, so can’t compete her British SJ and will be moving onto horses. She is far too good to be a field ornament!
In the year we have had her we have taken her for a few lessons, done unaffiliated dressage comps, unaffiliated showjumping, pleasure rides, cross country schooling, hunter trials. I think she hunted in her previous home and did a few one day events.
I think she’d be an excellent working hunter pony or even make an older experienced rider a very posh looking hack!
Open to any vet or trainer. Can be tried in our sand school or out hacking alone or in company.