Did the math, used an online converter to be sure of height in hands. Grey mare is 15H, gelding in this video is 12.2H, pinto mini Kasia is 9H & silver mini Słodki is so far 7.3H.
This is my crazy, unhanded, once dangerous pony! When I first got him, he was scared of everyone, everything and the whole world was a giant, horse eating monster! =0
For those wondering, he's a Colonial Spanish Mustang AKA Corolla Wild Pony from NC. Not a regular spanish mustang.
He would rear, spook, kick at farriers, everything in general scared him, really couldn't trust him at all. But he was sweet, typical nosy and "helpful" pony personality under all the fear!
I had to start trimming him myself, most didn't want to deal with him or were too aggressive in handling him, which only scared him further. Didn't take me that long before he was lifting his feet and not loosing his noodle. His backs were more iffy, but a couple more months and he was a-ok. He's to the point now where I kneel to trim his backs and he calmly waits for me to hurry up. I would not recommend any stranger try to handle him, though. Especially without me there. We don't have a lot of traffic of people coming and going, so he really only knows me and a little of my family and the vet, whom I also would not allow to handle him alone.
He was "green broke" when first caught as a yearling, then left alone in pasture in a herd for the next 4 years, almost never really handled or worked with. So he was sort of taught the round pen routine, had some issues with going right at first, but soon figured it out.
I still want a professional to finish his riding training and get him to meet new people and places, but until I find someone who won't ruin him, I'll keep on being his #1 and getting him used to as much as I can here. He very easily takes three steps back for even a hint of going about a new thing the wrong way. Very sensitive guy.
Couple months ago, I got horrible hay, used the last of my budget and couldn't get him to take it back. So I had to start pellet/grain feeding my grey mare. Of course, the rest end up getting a little, too, so they won't gang up on the mare. Though, she's a devil hiding behind sweet sugar coated eyes! =0
I started working more with making noise around him, coming right up to him, patting him randomly, swinging and shaking and touching him with leads and buckets while he had his share. Then one day, started to step on a bucket and flail, make noises above him, no issues. Leaned on him, no issues. Eventually, I could hang over him for a good long while with him calm, so I decided to chance it and sit!
He's such an angel! I've been hopping up there now daily, sometimes twice, and this week, jumping up from the ground even with no food as a distraction. I let him walk around calmly or glare at the minis to go away. He's been surprising me with little things he does differently while I'm sitting on him. Like, on the ground, he will take steps when telling a mini to get lost, but with me on, he only moves his head to tell them off. He even stopped in his tracks when I told him to whoa, which, I said more randomly and really didn't think he would do anything, but he did! If he does spook, it's 100% in place and he just looks up.
Though, this past year (2014), he's been very good with not moving his feet at all when spooked with me on the ground next to him. We were 100ft from a tree, he in the middle and me furthest from this tree. Suddenly, a branch snapped and came crashing down. He only jolted his head up to look and flicked his ears back to me and to the tree. I actually got startled more than him. Before or when alone, he's gone like a shot! He won't stick around to see if it will eat him or not. But this year has been good, he's really looking to me for hints about moving or staying put and chilling.
I don't think his previous owner, the farriers or anyone else that had ever handled him in the past would recognize him now!
Though, it's all been one on one, just us out there in pasture. But even the few times my husband comes help with the camera, he tries to stay calm for me. DH even accidentally used flash while taking a picture with me on him, he only popped up his head. I was far more spooked and shocked than he was. =D
I'm very proud of my little pony!
Really hope some day soon we can take walks and trots! Would be great for his weight and for our bonding!
Anyway!! Here is a video my husband took of me jumping up on him today. We're still working on him not spooking any from my feet touching him over the rump. He's getting better each time.
Also, some pictures! Sorry, DH is terrible with the camera...
PS, I trust the gelding more than the trained and dead broke grey mare, lol
Hope you enjoy! Please no negative comments!
Youtube video link!
Edited by secuono, 22 January 2015 - 05:12 PM.