Pleasurific Pony

I’ve been toodling lately. Between moving, travel, wedding planning, a busy season at work, and showing a lot lately, I’m a bit fried both mentally and physically. 3 shows in two months may not be a lot to some people, but I’m just not used to it! So for a little bit, I’m taking a step back from hard training to just enjoy my sweet pony.

And part of that enjoyment is sharing him!

I’ve often mentioned my fav Talented Junior Rider(TM) that hops on Frankie for me when I can’t be there, and she’s been taking some rides on him while I’ve been traveling and getting situated in the new place. She seems to enjoy hopping on him, and I know Frankie absolutely ADORES her! Seriously, he will follow her to the ends of the earth, homeboy loves himself some Devyn. She’s a very solid and hard-working young horsewoman and strikes an excellent balance of making him work while also loving on him. Bonus- she and her mom also clean my tack really well after she uses it 😉

He falls asleep on the crossties with her, he’s pretty sure this is what heaven is like.

Her mom Kristen is also my barn bestie! That whole family actually is my adopted barn family. They even helped Nick plan his proposal, and were there to take pictures and share the moment. We do Friday barn happy hours, take turns bringing wine, and generally I just adore the whole fam because they are wonderful and supportive and snarky and hilarious and the best.


She also takes 90% of the pics I use here- if it’s adorable, it’s probably from Kristen.

Kristen has hopped on Frankie once or twice- she is a dedicated Pony Mom, but is a lovely horsewoman in her own right- and I’m always encouraging her to hop on more. There’s nothing better than seeing Frankie bop around with my friends! So when we saw that there was a nearby local show coming up, it was quickly decided that Kristen would go take Frankie in the pleasure division to play around, for her first show in 6+ years. Trainer was enthusiastically on board.

Hahahaha I got the stink face for standing at the rail and yelling YOU’RE DOING GREAT SWEETHEART. I was the embarassing Pony Mom.

These were Frankie’s first flat classes, believe it or not! And as expected, he was just an angel doll.


It was funny- he was visibly confused at the lack of jumps, and kept helpfully pulling Kristen towards them like “OK lady we had our warmup now I know my job is jumpies.” Gotta love that helpful spirit of his.


I hopped on him between classes to work him down a bit, and yes we were all laughing that Frankie needed some “prep.” Homeboy has spent the last two years getting educated to the contact and learning how to fire up, and all of a sudden he had a loopy rein and was supposed to just bop around.

Happiest boppiest pony on the planet!

I swear, he thought he died and went to heaven. AT was joking that now Frankie really REALLY wants a Mommy Ammy to drink mimosas off his back and toodle with forever. He got a little taste of what his retirement with me will look like down the line, and now he’s pretty pumped about it. Sorry bud, you’re too athletic for me to retire you just yet. You’ve got some more work to do.

We all brought wine and beer and mimosas, and my job as helper was to hand them out as everyone exited the ring. Pretty sure we had more alcohol than we had people. I LOVE our mom crew.
These ladies had been out of the show ring for years, and they all went in and rocked it with great ribbons!!! Frankie and his buddy Vinnie (on the right) both do the High Adults and 1.20m jumpers, and they both went in and were such sweet beans in the pleasure and low hunter classes. My heart.

Seriously, what an absolute unicorn- he was doing the 1.15m jumpers all fiery and fancy in a national show up at Lake Placid, and two weeks later he was happily taking a re-rider around some flat classes at a local show.

Those ears never did anything but this. HE’S JUST SO HAPPY AND ADORABLE.

I’m so grateful to have a horse that I can share with my friends like this! It brings me such great joy to see him so happily take on different jobs and try new things. He’s kinda like a jack of all trades and master of all of them. Because he is a WonderPony.

There is nothing more exhausting than a local show with 37 entries in the 2′ low hunters and a gatekeeper who has never done this before.

Between moving Nick in to our third-floor walkup on Saturday and getting up at 5:30a to go to this show on Sunday, I am EXHAUSTED. Time to toodle some more with the world’s best pony ’til I can get some energy back.


13 thoughts on “Pleasurific Pony

  1. Emily 07/16/2018 / 9:05 am

    There’s something oddly satisfying about seeing that your horse will be totally happy in retirement. Like just being able to see them happy in a less intense job and taking a big sigh of relief that you are doing things right, and they will be all right once the stick have to start coming down. (Also, a green gatekeeper and a slew of green horses/riders is pretty much my nightmare)


    • hellomylivia 07/16/2018 / 9:30 am

      For real!! One of my favorite things about Frankie is how happy he is to take a step back and chill with me when I need that. I def love that he can fire up for the big shows, but his willingness to slow it down is priceless ❤

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  2. Tracy 07/16/2018 / 9:07 am

    I LOVE this! I was actually cracking up a little bit, bc my riding bestie (Claire, who came to WEC with me!) has a big plain bay jumper that reminds me so much of Frankie — he does the 3′ Jumpers but is happy to play hunter packer pony for me occasionally at the farm. Gotta love the versatile ones, they’re SO special ❤ ❤ ❤


    • hellomylivia 07/16/2018 / 9:30 am

      Yay for big bay jumper packers!! Beyond special and worth their weight in gold ❤


  3. Rachel - For Want of a Horse 07/16/2018 / 10:05 am

    It is really fun to watch your horse go around with someone else every now and then. Wednesday I got to watch Winifred go around with a college girl that used to ride at our barn before going off to school. She was so cute on the flat!!! The girl has an awesome leg!! She only did a line with him cause in Winifred fashion he got super strong and tried to take over. I think she could have handled it but it was still so fun to see him!

    I can so see Frankie living the mimosa adult ammy life but he has to wait a few years. That boy has just too much talent! We used to have happy hour at our barn too but when I “left” the barn to have back surgery it fizzled out. I think we need to reinstate it! Our trainer said we all rode a little bit better with a couple drinks. Lol. I still host fajita night at my house at least once a month. It is this Friday in fact!


    • hellomylivia 07/16/2018 / 10:16 am

      I LOVE watching Frankie go with other people! Of course I adore riding him, but it’s so lovely to see other people enjoy him too.
      And omg yes you need to reinstate happy hour. It’s the best day of the week ❤

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  4. KateRose 07/16/2018 / 2:13 pm

    Awww good boy Frankie! Sounds like he had a great time 🙂


  5. Liz 07/17/2018 / 7:53 am

    Three cheers for the cutest Frank, ALL of the toodling, and copious mimosas/wine!


  6. Stacie Seidman 07/17/2018 / 9:59 pm

    I love this so much! That Francis… He’s a special guy. Also, if I ever moved to VA, I definitely want to board with you all!


    • hellomylivia 07/18/2018 / 8:02 am

      I vote that you move to VA immediately and come hang out 🙂 We have such a fun crew!!


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