This mare is a fun little package with the pony attitude to match! Poppi might not look like a racehorse, but she did have a few starts at Aqueduct. Just because she is smaller in stature does not mean she is suitable for children at this stage of her life. Being in the first stall in the barn has forced her to accept all the attention that cute face garners, but it has taken her a while to be OK with that. She has a strong sense of self and plays by her own set of rules that have to be abided by, including being predictable in nature because she weighs everything you do to determine if you are trustworthy–and she’ll test that a time or two. She will not accept any form of punishment as she will defend herself, but she has come a very long way to being an all around, happier horse. No doubt she will eventually give her whole heart to one person. Poppi has a solid build with a good barrel that takes up the rider’s leg nicely, so even a 5’6″ person could ride her comfortably.
Being just a 3-year-old, we have been taking it easy with her training, so she has just started cantering under saddle. Most days she is a push ride and you have to convince her work isn’t going to kill her. Once she gets it in gear, she has that cute, hunter pony look with easy gaits to match. She should be suitable for most disciplines for any adult familiar with working with youngsters and especially with Thoroughbred mares. Poppi has been successfully rehabbed for a slab fracture of the knee with screws that will not hinder her performance.
She treats her turn out buddies as she does her people: If the other mares are aggressive, she will defend herself and try to be the boss. Currently she is out with another mare who wants no confrontation so she and Poppi get along well. She may be the top mare or near the top when turned out with herd of mares.
Forever Poppi is a smaller, feminine image of her sire, MGSW Paddy O’Prado, who had 14 starts, 5-3-3 and earned $1.7 million. He is by the champions sire El Prado, who in turn is by 14-time leading sire in GB and IRE, Sadler’s Wells. Paddy O’Prado’s dam, Fun House, is by Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Prized, earner of $2.2 million in 17 starts, 9-2-3. Poppi’s dam, Itnab, is by Green Desert, who is by Danzig. Inab’s dam, Midway Lady, sold for $3.3 million.
Poppi came to use through NYTHA’s Take The Lead Program and we greatly appreciate their support.