Okay, so he’s not a pony but I love him anyway.
His name is Little Indian, and while part of me cringes at how that could be perceived as rather insensitive to indigenous people… I do have to say he’s adorable.
These pictures were taken at the HITS Thermal Grand Prix last weekend. One of my friends was showing in Coachella (I am so confused if it’s Thermal or Coachella or Desert or what) last weekend, and I went out to watch her with her two fabulous horses. We also caught the Friday morning Grand Prix, which is where my spotty pony love made his appearance.
When I saw him warming up, I didn’t really believe he’d be competing in the actual class… but as thrilled when his polka-dotted fabulous self trotted into the ring.
And I have to say, the thing jumps pretty cute! I’m usually a pinto instead of an appaloosa girl, but it’s hard to deny that leopard horses like this one are just striking.
I did some googling, and he’s registered in the Anglo European Studbook. I’m not a warmblood or a breeding expert, so I’m not sure what that exactly means his breeding is. If I had to guess, it might be something like an American Warmblood… your horse can get in the studbook if it is of a certain level of quality. Breeding experts, feel free to chime in the comments and educated us.
Regardless of what he’s made of, Little Indian is pretty damn cute and good at his job. I think he had one, maybe two rails down at the Grand Prix, which was fairly standard for that class.
Hopefully I get to see him at other west coast horse shows in the future!