Introducing the Handsomest Pony!!

As you all know, a few weeks ago I had The Talk with my trainer, and we decided to go on a search for my very own unicorn. We very quickly found a super cute chestnut, and just as quickly realized that while he was a FANTASTIC pony, he wasn’t our pony.

So the search continued.

And we found Frankie.

I won’t even keep you in suspense: Frankie is perfectly perfect in every way. I’m totally not biased or anything, that’s just scientific fact.

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Happy pony has the sweetest face!!!
He’s a 10 year old Oldenburg x TB, 17hh, dark bay without a single bit of chrome (and it looks like his summer coat has some lovely dapples), and I LOVE HIM. 

  

  
He’s been a foxhunter for a couple years a.k.a. SUPER brave and nonchalant about everything, and has been doing some lower level eventing lately. We think he’s going to be the perfect jumper.

Side note to the eventers out there: do you know the name Phyllis Dawson? She went to the Olympics for the U.S. back in the day. She’s the one that sold us Frankie, and she called him a “jumping machine.” So yeah, no big deal, an Olympian just called my boy a jumping machine. Super casual.

On the flat, he’s super duper comfortable. He could use a bit more polish before we step into the eq ring, but he’s very willing to do whatever I ask of him. He really gets swinging beautifully over his back in the canter and is very easy to leg up into the bridle. He also has the rhythm of a metronome- you could seriously set your watch to the consistency of his stride.

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Covering SO MUCH GROUND

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I don’t know if you can tell, but this is on a pretty loose rein. I think we’re gonna be able to do the eq just fine.

Which makes it really easy to see a distance on him. It doesn’t matter what the jump looks like or how high it is, he approaches it with the same steady stride. Which is a POWERFUL stride- even when I got tight to a one stride, he powered out with very little assistance from me. He’s a little rusty on his changes- because he’s been a foxhunter, he’s never really been asked for them- but I got a couple and I don’t think it’ll be a problem to install them. He’s got the brain, the balance, and the muscle.

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Like, SUPER nonchalant about this oxer. Which was out of a one-stride combo.

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Because I am an ammy, I totally buried him to the base of this big wide 3’3″ oxer. And then accidentally jabbed him in the side with my spurs. How did he react? By jumping it without a problem, landing and loping away, and giving me a clean lead change. Homeboy does not hold a grudge.
He’s also a big sweetheart. He loves scratches and snuggles and has fantastic manners. It was so important to me to find a horse than I could be buddies with, and Frankie fits that bill perfectly! So let’s see what my checklist was:

  • Good attitude. Yup. He’s kind, he’s friendly, he’s sweet, he’s willing.
  • Safe. Yup. He’s super sane and bombproof.
  • Able to jump. YUP. He basically took a slightly bigger canter stride over a 3’3″ oxer. We may want to teach him to use his  body a bit better, but he has scope for days.
  • That “X” factor. You know that feeling when you sit on a horse and something just clicks into place? Like not only could you be partners in the future, but you’re already partners. He’s got that.

The vet came out Tuesday and loved him just as much as I did. He’s sound, maintenance-free, an easy keeper, and ready to get to work. Less than 24 hours after the vetting, Frankie is home and settling into his new life with me.

Already mooching for treats. He knows a sucker when he sees one.

This big brown boy is going to be spoiled rotten. I can’t wait for our adventures together.

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39 thoughts on “Introducing the Handsomest Pony!!

  1. Allison Stitzinger 03/31/2016 / 7:04 am

    AHHHH CONGRATULATIONS!!! He is so lovely! And OMG PHYLLIS DAWSON NBD OR ANYTHING. So cool! Many happy wishes for your partnership together!

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  2. redheadlins 03/31/2016 / 7:10 am

    How totally great!!!! He looks lovely. Phyllis Dawson…awesome!!!

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    • hellomylivia 03/31/2016 / 7:20 am

      Thank you!!! He’s the absolute sweetest- not that I’m biased or anything πŸ˜‰

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  3. Amanda C 03/31/2016 / 7:12 am

    I came veeeeeeeeeeeeery close to being a working student for Phyllis. It was between her and one other barn, and ultimately I went with the other barn (granted, the trainer there was a protege of Phyllis’ so there was still a tie). I cliniced with her once, too. She always has a great collection of sale horses!

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    • hellomylivia 03/31/2016 / 7:22 am

      I was chatting with some of her working students, she has a whole army of them! It was so much fun to talk to everyone there and hear what they thought about the different horses.

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    • hellomylivia 03/31/2016 / 7:34 am

      Thanks!!! He’s the absolute handsomest horse I’ve ever seen πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  4. Rebecca 03/31/2016 / 7:31 am

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhh SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!!

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    • hellomylivia 03/31/2016 / 7:35 am

      Thank you!!!!! I’m so excited for our adventures together ❀

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  5. Britt 03/31/2016 / 7:41 am

    Eeek! So excited for you!! Congrats, he looks amazing!!

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  6. Susan 03/31/2016 / 7:51 am

    Aaahhhhh! Congrats! He sounds just wonderful πŸ™‚

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    • hellomylivia 03/31/2016 / 7:54 am

      He’s the most wonderful, already taking care of me!!

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  7. emma 03/31/2016 / 8:01 am

    he looks perfect in every dimension – and you guys make a GREAT picture together!!!! what a find, i’m so happy for you!!!!!

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  8. Liz 03/31/2016 / 8:14 am

    I love how solid he’s built. And I love the rich dark mahogany color of his coat! What a handsome, handsome guy.

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  9. EquiNovice 03/31/2016 / 10:21 am

    Love it!! He is a total stunner. I am so excited for you both πŸ™‚ (also that plaid halter is money)

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  10. SprinklerBandits 03/31/2016 / 10:31 am

    Um how perfect!! Glad you found him!

    Small world moment: my eventer friend works for Phyllis. Good people there. πŸ™‚

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  11. Stacie Seidman 03/31/2016 / 10:31 am

    I don’t think he could be any more perfect! He’s so handsome! You look amazing on him, and just from these photos it’s obvious you’re meant to be together. (Also, your boots are gorgeous!)
    Congratulations! I’m so excited to follow along on your adventures with Frankie!

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  12. carey 03/31/2016 / 10:32 am

    Wow, sounds really perfect! Congratulations!!!!! SO happy for you!

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  13. shelbyrallen 03/31/2016 / 10:58 am

    1. Phyllis is amazing 2. I’m so happy for you! He looks AWESOME can’t wait to hear more about your partnership πŸ™‚

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  14. Olivia @ DIY Horse Ownership 03/31/2016 / 1:00 pm

    Congrats! He looks awesome.

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  15. CallyJumps 03/31/2016 / 1:48 pm

    Congrats! Phyllis knows a good horse, so you know you got a nice one! And he’s so handsome. I cannot wait to see tons more pictures and hear about your amazing adventures and hopefully maybe see you guys at a show sometime!

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  16. draftmare 03/31/2016 / 6:51 pm

    Congrats!! What a gorgeous and sweet sounding dude. I may be just a wee bit jealous.

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  17. Tracy - Fly On Over 03/31/2016 / 7:24 pm

    Eeee!! Congrats on finally finding “the one” !!!

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  18. Bette 04/01/2016 / 12:35 am

    He is such a cutie!!! And being dark bay with zero white he’ll be really easy to keep clean!

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  19. Kelsey 04/01/2016 / 9:57 am

    Congratulations!!! I’m so excited for you (and slightly jealous)!!!! Oldenburg TBs are one of my favorite crosses. It almost always makes for a beautiful mover. He’s so handsome and I’m obsessed with those dapples! I’ve found that rice bran helps bring them out a lot more! I can’t wait to see what you two do together!

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    • hellomylivia 04/04/2016 / 9:00 am

      I’ll have to remember that tip about the rice bran, I want those dapples to show up even more!!!!

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  20. Heather 04/15/2016 / 3:09 pm

    Somehow I’ve missed like the last 2 months of your posts, but I have been keeping up on Instagram, and I just wanted to say a late congrats on your new pony! He’s so cute.

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    • hellomylivia 04/15/2016 / 3:47 pm

      Thank you so much!! Admittedly I’m much better about posting on Instagram than I am here on my blog haha πŸ˜›

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