Friday, July 31, 2009

Who can relate?

Most of us have known a pony or two like this. When I saw this clip, I laughed so hard I cried. For me, it brought back memories of my little Shetland. She did those same antics, but add "rolling" and "farting" as she trotted around the ring. Oh the embarrassment! How did I ever manage to face my fellow 4-Hers every year on that same little sorrel terror? I loved that pony, she was a great teacher. Just as this naughty little one is. This girl is a champ, getting back on and toughing it out. Unfortunately the comments on the YouTube site get a little snarky, complaining about her riding. Frankly, I didn't pay any attention to equitation. This is a clip about perseverance and determination and should remind us all, even in tough times, we can ride through. This little girl could have left the course in tears. Many girls would, but she rode it out. In my book, Sorrel, gets the blue ribbon. Below is a picture of Topper and I in a parade. She was my best equine educator and master of the "duck for grass" maneuver.

16 comments:

OnTheBit said...

Ha-freaking-sterical!!!!!!!!!

jane augenstein said...

I agree that little girl had guts and should get the blue for all her trouble with the little stinker pony! It was funny, ponies can be such crafty little things!
Thanks, that made my day!!!
~Jane and Gilly~

jennybean79 said...

Ohhhh - ha ha ha - I love ponies. The Shetlands are all cut from the same cloth I think. Funny stuff this morning, thank you!

Grey Horse Matters said...

That was hilarious. The poor kid, thank goodness she knows how to take a tumble safely.(Probably due to riding that fresh little pony) That little girl had grit to keep getting back on an finish the course. What a funny little pony, he sure gave that little girl her money's worth!

jme said...

i love this pony and this kid! unlike all the kids with push-button ponies, she'll be a great rider one day after all this! naughty pony-monsters are the best teachers. i was a tall kid so i pretty much went straight to horses, but i've ridden my share of bratty beasts, so i can totally relate! and i'm grateful for it. good for her! i wish them luck :-)

Stephanie said...

Oh My! That video clip was sooooo funny! What a great way to start my friday. Thanks!

jill said...

Too funny! I spit my pancakes out all over my keyboard! My husband came in to see what I was laughing so hard at. He then chastised me for being cruel and laughing at that poor girl...until he watched it from the beginning and realized she wasn't hurt...he was laughing his rearend off too then!
She is a plucky girl! Good on her for keeping going!

Drillrider said...

The funny part was the pony knew just when to make a dive for the grass (right after the jump when the girl was off balance)dumping the little girl right on her face!

Rode a neighbor's little shetland that had such a rough trot that we'd bounce right off (no saddle) and it would love to rub us off on trees and low hanging branches.

Mikey said...

Oh yes, been there done that. Mine was named Misty.
I think the kids equitation wasn't bad at all and ponies like that are exactly what makes a person a better rider. She learned how to fall!!
Great video, lol. That made my day.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I've never ridden a Shetland, but it looks like that pony knows how to use its neck as a slide pretty well... and it gets to eat at the same time as dislodging its rider.

Kellie said...

This is the third or fourth time I have watched this clip and I have the same reaction every time. I laugh so hard I cry. The look on the little girls face is priceless-- and she has no shame getting back on and starting over. I can learn a lot from her!

Drillrider said...

As a teen rode a horse (bareback) that was so lazy it wouldn't keep it's bottom lip up. We'd get the horse in a nice gallop (which was difficult to do) and then it would put on the brakes while simultaneously ducking it's head and dump us. We'd smack the horse, get right back on and do it all over again. It wasn't for grass, but just because the horse was so darn lazy!!

C-ingspots said...

Oh my!! This post had me laughing and chuckling with my childhood memories too!! Yes, I'm sure most of us can relate to having had a somewhat "challenging pony" in our childhood days. I had more than my share of tribulations and tears as a kid, but looking back I wouldn't have changed a thing. Those are the horses/ponies that end up teaching us the most. Thank God for them and Bless the pea-picken little hearts of ornery ponies everywhere!! You just gotta love em!! And, I must say in that first dump - that little girl's landing was just as smooth as silk. I say - give her the blue for perseverance and anger management!! :)

Paigeley said...

i work at a horse camp and we have one of these buggers too
his name is bob (or bobgolian)
he's a palomino and has made more kids cry than any other pony we have
he does the duck under railing into other arena trick

allhorsestuff said...

OH!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA! I too laughed hystericaly...specially when the instrutor did a belly laugh herself, about the 3rd or 4th time going over the pony's head!
Yea..My Trixie pony stopped(sliding stop at that) right before the jumps every freaking time, at Pony club...I graduated to the Horse shortly after that!

Thanks Jules, memory lane revisited and rekindled in spirit~

Adventures of a Horse Crazed Mind said...

Naught, naughty pony!! OMG I just about cried I laughed so hard! Thanks! Gotta love 'em tricky ponies!