While growing up, my Grandma Genevieve Kurtenbach would load the trailer full of ponies every summer, and head to horse shows with her grandchildren.Â Back then, I remember there being a lot of classes specifically for ponies, and the main mount for children, were ponies.Â People considered them to be beneficial for youth to learn to ride on, before moving up to a tall horse.
Now I rarely even see a pony at the shows, as youth are starting their riding careers on horses. People seem to think ponies have bad reputations, but a bad pony usually comes from people putting a young child on a green broke pony that they bought for cheap, expecting them to â€ślearn togetherâ€ť.Â If you wouldnâ€™t put your child on an untrained 15 HH horse, why should green broke ponies be expected to magically carry a child that is also learning to ride?Â These unrealistic expectations people have of ponies need to change, so children can experience the love of a pony.
There is something so special about a child bonding with their pony: the pony running toward the child when they see them, the spark in their eye when they nuzzle the child for affection, or their soft nicker to them for a treat.Â Finding a well-trained pony that is suitable for your child will help them learn and gain confidence in grooming, groundwork, saddling and bridling.Â These tasks are less intimidating and easier to manage with a pony due to their small size, helping to develop your childâ€™s horsemanship skills.
Since there are so many benefits for a child to learn on a well-trained pony, our vision is to increase the value of rare pony breeds.Â We breed, train, promote and sell Welsh Ponies and Newfoundland Ponies, which are listed on the Heritage Livestock Canadaâ€™s Conservation List.Â We want to help protect these ponies and increase their numbers so others can buy them and enjoy the versatility that both of these breeds have.
History: pit ponies, chariot racing, mounted infantry, transportation, farm work
Endangered: Vulnerable Status in Canada
Colors: Any coat color except piebald and skewbald
Height: 11 HH â€“ 15 HH
Characteristics: hardy, spirited ponies that are known for their forceful, ground-covering trot
Uses: riding and driving for children and adults, natural jumping abilities
(A landrace breed created with 7 native pony breeds of Great Britain and Ireland)
History: haul kelp, wood and fishing nets, plough gardens, gather hay, general transportation
Endangered: Critical Status in Canada
Origin: Newfoundland, Canada
Colors: Any coat color but pinto
Height: 11 HH â€“ 14.2 HH
Characteristics: willing, docile ponies that are genetically diverse with no known health defects
Uses: riding and driving for children and adults, therapeutic riding programs