Meet the River Ponies

Hi, I’m Max!
And I’m Dusty!

We’re the River Ponies!

Do you have a treat? Apples and carrots are great, but if you happen to have a candy cane, I’ll be your friend forever.

DUSTY

Do you have a treat? Apples and carrots are great, but if you happen to have a candy cane, I’ll be your friend forever. Please excuse the drool while I suck on this peppermint for a while.

I live with my friend, Max. He’s a year older than me, but at 9.3 hands, I’m two inches taller than he is, and about 50 pounds heavier. Like all friends, we have occasional disagreements. They usually involve who gets to eat the hay first. I win most of the time.

In addition to eating, I love to be groomed and given attention. I’m happy to snuggle with my human friends, both big and small.

I also enjoy pulling my cart, and sometimes a sleigh in the winter. I’m a good sport about being ridden by small children, though I sometimes have to remind them that I’m the boss. There are limits to my patience, after all. But I did make sure my human friend, X, won most of our walk/trot classes, and was the reserve champion in our club in 2017. That was also the year I was the high point champion in open pleasure driving.

My owner decided it was time to retire me from showing after the 2018 season. I was a good show horse, always looking my best, and I won quite a few blue ribbons in showmanship. I mean, look at me. I’m an absolutely adorable “few spot leopard appaloosa” pony. I’ve even got markings that look like eyebrows!

Unfortunately, I have to cover my eyes most of the time because I have a medical condition called uveitis (sometimes called moon blindness). Uveitis is common in horses like me who have appaloosa coloring. It causes swelling of the tissue inside a horse’s eye, and over time it can lead to blindness.  Luckily, I rarely have flare-ups because my owner takes excellent care of me and makes sure I wear a fly mask year round to protect my eyes from the sun. Even if you can’t come and give me a treat in person, you can still be my friend. You can ask me questions and follow me on this website.

I love jumping. Like really, really love jumping. And I have the ribbons and trophies to prove it.

MAX
Can’t you make this jump higher?

At 9.1 hands, I’ve always been small for my age. Lots of people think I’m a baby horse, but I’m actually 24 years old.  The only time I feel big is when I go to miniature horse shows, because most minis are shorter than me.

If you’re small, like me, I’m happy to be friends. But if you are taller than four feet, you’ll need to be calm, gentle, and take your time to get to know me. If you do, you’ll earn my trust and I will do almost anything for you.

Here are a few things you need to know if you want to be friends with me. Sudden movements and unexpected situations make me nervous and jumpy. I feel anxious when people shout or get angry at me. I’d rather you not touch my face unless it is necessary. And just because I don’t want to snuggle with you doesn’t mean I don’t like you.

I’m great at giving pony rides to small riders, and I’m obedient and willing to do what you ask, whether it is going on a trail ride, or walking through an obstacle course, or going over a jump. I love jumping. Like really, really love jumping. And I have the ribbons and trophies to prove it. And at 24 years old, I can still sail over 30 inch jumps effortlessly. That’s like a 16 hand horse jumping four feet four inches.

I’m super competitive and like to prove that although I’m small, I’m mighty. If you can’t come and visit me, you can still follow me or ask me questions on this website.