Starbucks is a 14.2h 4 year old German Riding Pony, who has spent his whole life living in a field. He is currently halter broke, and his only trip off the farm he was born was as a foal to go to his inspection. He was rated gold premium by the RPSI and was the #2 pony foal in the country his year. He's a fantastic mover and has lots of potential as a dressage or eventing pony.
He's with me to be started and sold, and this is where I will chronicle his journey from a halter broke baby into a grown up riding horse. Over the next few weeks he'll be getting his mane pulled, learning to tie, working in the roundpen, lunging, ground driving and learning to wear tack. I'll be going at his pace and letting him tell me when he's ready to take the next step. If he's anything like his brother though, he'll be going around in no time!
He arrived yesterday afternoon and huffed and puffed as I showed him the farm. He's a little bit nervous, but who can blame him? We kept him in overnight since it was wet outside, and didn't want him exploring the fence line in the dark. He's never been stalled before so it will take some time for him to learn to love that.
This morning I spent about an hour with him in the round pen pushing him around a bit, stopping to play, and even introducing him to a saddle pad. At first he thought the pad would eat him, but after only a few minutes he couldn't have cared less. The most exciting thing that has happened so far is meeting the barn cats. He can't quite wrap his head around the idea of smaller four legged animals, and thankfully both Bob and Tabby are being very tolerant and letting him sniff them and play with them.