When I got to 13 I landed my self a job at the local livery yard, going before school mucking out and eventualy exercising their horses, the horse that I most enjoyed riding was a 16.2hh Tb Gelding called Sunny, he was a handful but fun to gallop across the acers of stubble.
I saved up and bought myself a new pony for showing, Pippin (Harliquine Bow) he stood at 36 inches, but had a lot of attitude.
He did quite well at shows but wasnt quite up to County Standers so he became a much loved pet and then a companion to my mums pride and joy George (Knockgallant Knight)
George was a Wonderful Standard Shetland Stallion, that my mum loved dearly. We ran a Stud looking after and covering other peoples Ponies, the love of Ponies became second nature. The Stud Profile can still be found in the Shetland Stud Book "Heckline"