I started riding when I was 8 years old, thanks to my aunt but it wasn't until I was 12 that I finally had my own pony. Cocoa was really dark bay/brown and a similar size to Tommy at 14.1hh, he had a white slipper and a lovely white stripe! He was about 9 years old when I had him and the yard where I kept him was like a dream yard x
However, the reason I wanted him in the first place was because I was out on a group hack one day and as we were hacking up a driveway next to a stubble field one of the horses decided to gallop off up the field. He was quickly followed by every other horse on the ride, except Cocoa, in my eyes at the time that made him pretty much perfect.
He could spin around on the spot in half a second if he saw something that he wasn't sure of and I ended up on the floor a few times but it helped me develop good stickability! We had some lovely hacks and I always felt safe on him. He had a lovely jump, when he wanted to and that took some work because to start with he would just refuse everything, but he got better.
I didn't know his breeding although looking at him now I think he had some New Forest in him (see picture below of a New Forest pony).
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