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Poppy has proven to be a really lovely pony, who adores her work and will absoloutely excel in the right home. She would ideally like a mother or teen/younger child share. She is great on the lead rein with a child whos happy to sit and be passenger. She is forward but not silly - so would suit a child whos happy to sit on top and go with the flow rather than be panicked if she steps forward. She doesn't like her mouth being clung onto.
Off LR shes doing fantastically and this is more her forte. Shes being ridden by LW adults and goes in all paces without a trouble. She's also popped a log and jumps in the field and shows fantastic scope and willingness. With a competent rider she's quite happy to go in a lovely outline. She has also been to arena hire and happily popped a small course of coloured poles including fillers, showing confidence and willingness. She also stood tied at trailer whilst trailer-mate had her turn. I could imagine her on the hunting field, at a PC rally or overall just a lovely family hacking home. She is of course the larger of the usual pony types, and 90% of the time is easily handleable by children of all ages.
She isn't a complete dope on a rope in the respect of she'll walk at 0.1mph besides a toddler on the end of a lead rope - she does like to stride out and know where she's going. My 8yo with novice but semi confident horse knowledge handles her with ease. She's a good girl in the field and is fence respective. She isn't mareish but isn't the bottom of the herd type either. Easy to catch either first or last - will wait her turn to come in if others come in beforehand. No laminitis but is a live off fresh air sort so will require non lush grazing and her weight monitored. Poppy does have mild sweetitch which I have been easily keeping on top of with a rug which she will come with. She comes in and isn't the scratching herself raw type at all, so just needs to keep the rug on in the paddock for general maintenance. I have a pond in my field as well as stream running through, so if anything the 'worst set up' for a SI pony, and she's been very easy to care for here. Will stand and be groomed by people of all ages and sizes.. she rather enjoys a pamper. Loads and travels fine -Up to date with farrier, teeth and worming.