Posted Nov 05, 2015
I was lucky enough to own an Australian (Riding) Pony for about 7 years. I bought mine, Sam, as an unbroken 3 year old for a very low price. He was a dream to train, never any trouble and always very affectionate.
After he was broken in, I begun taking Sam to pony club. His gorgeous looks and friendly personality were always a hit, and we had a lot of success competing in different events. We later moved on to show jumping and eventing, and again had success (except for Sam's hatred of water which always made the cross country round fun!)
I have often heard that Australian Riding Ponies are fiery but I can't say the same for Sam. He was always a very gentle and calm horse, if anything a bit too slow at times!
His health was pretty good, although he unfortunately got shin splints and had to be spelled for 6 months because he was quite heavy set, but with typical fine legs. Unfortunately this is apparently a problem with a number of this type, due to their breeding.