Riding Hunt Seat – Shetland ponies jump ahead

Skye riding Magic english at a show at NSE, Parkton, NC

I had started a series of articles about riding and working Shetland ponies, but hadn’t done the english counterpart to the western article I did.

Well, our ponies certainly did well hunt seat (or english) and jumping for our daughters as their start into the hunter/jumper world.  They started a good foundation for the girls.  It didn’t really last long – all 3 of the girls graduated to our larger 1/2 shetland crosses and/or to the full size mares we used to create our 1/2 Shetland crosses.

Skye started riding our 2nd Shetland mare, Magic (Magic Place Resida), english not long after she was started under saddle.  We only have a handful of pictures – all taken at 2 different horse shows.

Skye riding Magic english at a local open horse show - 1998

Skye riding Magic at a local horse show - 1998

Skye riding Magic at the

After Magic, Skye graduated to both our 1/2 shetland crosses and to larger pony and horse mares whom she rode english.  Those pics won’t be added here, right now.

The first few times that Madira rode Stuffy (LP Painted PuffNstuf), she rode english.  She only rode Stuffy those few times – she did much better with Patty, whom she went back to.  Sierra rode Stuffy either bareback or western.

'Dira riding Stuffy at LP Painted Ponys - Parkton, NC - 1998 'Dira riding Stuffy hunt seat at LP Painted Ponys - Parkton, NC - 1998

Sierra rode Shado (LP Painted ShadoAct) hunt seat quite a number of times, but we only have one “photo shoot” of that!

Sierra riding Shado english at LP Painted Ponys - Parkton, NC - 2001 Sierra & Shado riding - Parkton, NC - 2001

Shado and Sierra - LP Painted Ponys, Parkton, NC - 2001

Vixen’s first few rides were done under hunt seat gear.  Sierra then rode her western for a while and at her first several shows.

Sierra & Vixen - 1st ride - LP Painted Ponys, Parkton, NC - 2000 Sierra & Vixen - LP Painted Ponys, Parkton, NC - 2000
Madira did a series of riding lesson riding english on Vixen (LP Painted Vixenation) and Sierra rode and showed her hunt seat.

Vixen & Madira - LP Painted Ponys, Parkton, NC - 2001 Madira & Vixen - LP Painted Ponys, Parkton, NC - 2001

Vixen & Sierra - Nov/Dec 2001 - LP Painted Ponys, Parkton, NC

Sierra & Vixen - 2002 NSE show Series reserve champions

Sierra & Vixen at CFTR Horse Show - 2002 Sierra and Vixen - CFTR Horse Show - 2002

 

Vixen went out to a professional trainer and then out on lease for a little less than a year.  When Vixen came home, Sierra took more advanced riding and jumping lessons on her.

Vixen & Sierra - practice at CFTR Horse Show - 2003

CFTR Horse Show - Sierra & Vixen

Vixen & Sierra - riding lesson in Parkton, NC - 2003

Vixen & Sierra practice at home - 2004

Vixen - CFTR Horse show 2004

Vixen was  ridden hunt seat by students with LP Painted Ponys and Starting Point Stables.

Katie & Vixen - 2004

Vixen & Katie - JCHSS Viven & Katie - JCHSS - 2004

Michael & Vixen - 2004 at LP Painted Ponys, LIllington, NC

Zac & Vixen - Starting Point Stables - 2005

Zac & Vixen at Starting Point Stables – May 2005

Zac & Vixen - Starting Point Stables - 2005

Zac riding Vixen at Starting Point Stables – 2005

In 2009, Stuffy is returned to riding english with a new lesson rider.

Stuffy - 2009 - LP Painted Ponys, Lillington, NC Stuffy - LP Painted Ponys, Lillington, NC - 2009
Stuffy - Lp Painted Ponys, Lillington, NC - 2009 2009 - LP Painted Ponys, Lillington, NC - Stuffy

Stuffy riding lesson @ LP Painted Ponys, Lillington, NC - 2009

Stuffy - LP Painted Ponys, Lillington, NC - 2009

Shetland Ponies are THE RIGHT SIZE to introduce children and small folk to riding english/hunt seat.  All the photos above are just our photos, depicting our ponies being ridden english – on the flat and over jumps.  There are plenty of Shetland ponies ridden hunt seat at other farms and in multiple show rings across the country.

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Husband and wife team raising shetland ponies, rescuing dogs/cats & becoming self sufficient.
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