So this is Newton. Affectionately called the copper pony, or Newt. I had to think of a show name for him, and since I don’t have registration papers for him, he came as simply Newton, and the name suits him. This name has stuck with him for at least the past 2 owners and I have no idea if he was born with that name or not? Supposedly he was registered AQHA according to the barrel racer who sold him, but have been unable to get any more info on that, let alone the actual papers. I was unable to come up with anything on a search of the AQHA registry website, so if he was registered, he might have had Newton as just part of his name or not at all. A mystery that will probably never be solved. Since I have no aspirations to show in the AQHA breed shows, this doesn’t matter to me. I just wanted a nice large gelding pony with prospect for the Hunter ring. I don’t do actual jumpers, just hunters, and he fit the bill for me. He has a wonderful “in your pocket” disposition, and is very smart. Sir Isaac Newton seemed to fit him as a proper “show” name, so that’s what he goes by at shows. His barn name is Newton or simply Newt for short.
I am riding him here during his trial in March of 2017, and gave my then 6 yr old daughter a pony ride on him shortly after the purchase was official. He proved himself a talented and willing little man during his trial, but was still a bit green on a few things. His unknown Western training followed him a little bit, and he had a different “que” to pick up his right lead canter. My trainer and I spent some time to “fix” this, so that he now understands the regular que for both canter leads as they are asked for in the hunter/jumper world.
His pre-purchase exam showed a healthy and sound 7 year old pony. However, we did do some joint radiographs, and there were some ever so slight changes in one of his hocks and stifle. Nothing that interfered with soundness, but to stave off any future issues, I was recommended to put him on a joint supplement from the equine vet. He is on daily joint supplements from Smartpak (the combo pellets for joint, gut, hoof and coat) and I also give him an IV injection of Polyglycan each month as a preventative for good measure.
I had not owned my own horse since I was 15 years old, and back then “boarded” at a friends backyard farm. This was my first experience of being an actual part of a boarding facility and a hunter/jumper show barn. I got back in the saddle for the first time in almost 7 years in May of 2016 at my current barn just taking weekly lessons. So until I bought Newton, I was just riding once a week in mostly group lessons with my hunter/jumper trainer. I never dreamed after starting back taking lessons in May of 2016 that my dream of owning my own horse or pony would actually come true just 10 months later in March of 2017! So this is us, at the very start of our journey as a team together 🙂