Profiles in Horses: The Princess

Princess Tonka Tu

Princess Tonka Tu may just go by Tonka, but she’s true royalty! Tonka is a mostly sweet buckskin pony who is respected by nearly all of the mares who she has been in a field with. Even the infamous Sapphire steps in line when Tonka is around.

Tonka is an old soul, not sure how old, who was not born at the farm I live at. She came here with a mission and a job – to teach young (and young at heart) humans to ride. That’s right, Tonka is a teacher. She teaches more than just riding though. She is sure to test humans when it comes to grooming and tack-up. She will do little things like trying to take a hoof away when a human is picking them or walking away when a human is putting the bridle on. She doesn’t do it to be mean, but she really is giving humans a solid foundation for learning to deal with any horse and to always be on their toes.

In the ring, Tonka might one day show a stubborn streak to teach humans how to make a horse go, and the next day, she might be full of vim and vigor, ready to go, just not always going where the human might want. It’s quite comical to watch this expert teacher do her thing because the human on her back can get frustrated. Eventually though, Tonka knows she has done her job when her human rider graduates on to a new mount.

Tonka may be getting up in years, but she is still as playful as she was when she was a much younger filly. She likes to flirt with the boys, even sometimes outdoing the much younger girls and tear up the field like she was a yearling.

She has had a few babies while at the farm, but now her days of motherhood are behind her. She continues to be a valuable teacher and all around great and wise elder to all of the horses who live here. She also never met a treat or feed she didn’t like. She does have to watch her diet a little because of her weight, no one wants to see her founder.


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