Shanty was a driving pony when we got her, my oldest also rode her (boyfriends now take precedence) but she's always been my pony. She has a love of speed, happiest at a trot, with the odd canter when she can. The Driving Club Fun Days, being on grass, provide a great opportunity for her to really get going.
Three views of her in action at a Fun Day. Unlike Oscar she's got a very good mouth, the merest twitch on the reins producing results - other than slowing her down !! They do say "You ask a mare, tell a gelding and discuss the matter with a stallion!" and Shanty bears out the mare part of that. She is very forward going, whereas Oscar has to be pushed on a bit, the two are so different that I find Oscar very hard to drive whereas Shanty suits me fine. In the bottom of the three I'm driving two handed, in cone driving there isn't time to be a purist !
Shanty doesn't walk even around the field, she'd always rather trot. She also refuses to be caught in the field but, being a driving pony, she responds to the voice, so she usually obeys shouts along the lines of "In your stable!!"
Not a very ladylike view of her !! Once in the stable she's very relaxed - as long as you don't wave a carrier bag about.
The view I usually have of Shanty - or more precisely my grooms view. We were out on a Driving Club rally at Brent Knoll, she was left behind a bit by the larger horses in front but soon caught up.
This site was last updated 06-10-2011
Photos not otherwise credited are ©2001/2002 S G J Huddy. Other photos are included with permission of the copyright holders.