So, your ready to pony your horse. You have the halter on him and you are on your horse with out a wreck. When you start to ride off the horse that you are ponying does not want to move forward and, at some point, refuses to move. What do you do then?
You could get off your horse and lead him. For most folks, that's what I would recommend. Teaching a horse to pony, in most cases is not much of a problem and they take to it pretty easy. However there are always some that don't get it or don't understand what they are supposed to do. So, if you do not know how to dally, or don't have a saddle the is built to pull, you may want to get someone, who has experience, to do this for you. It can be kind of western, if you know what I mean.
The horse I was talking about yesterday, in my blog, is one of those horses that just did not want to have anything to do with ponying. What I did was take the bridle off the horse and put his halter on. I then asked him to follow me. I had the lead rope in my hand and walked forward. He came a little ways and then decided he was not going to come any further. I stopped took a couple dallies around my saddle horn and started off again. This time the horse sat back on the lead rope. The horse I was riding, Car, had been in this situation before and knew what I wanted, and needed, him to do. We just healed the tension on the lead until the horse in tow, stepped forward. It took a little while, but he did move forward. We repeated this several times, until the horse would come off the pressure of the lead rope and follow me around the arena.
Teaching this skill is not for everyone. Not everyone has the equipment or experience to teach this without getting themselves in a wreck. So, If you think you need a hand, get it. It's not worth getting yourself or the horse, hurt.
Kathy and I are back from her show in Tucson at the Tucson Rodeo. Was a good time and people continue to be impressed with Kathy's work. I am too.
I thought I would use this blog to talk about teaching your horse to pony. For those of you that don't know what that is, let me explain.
Ponying is when you use a halter or a rope to lead a horse as you are riding your own horse. I could not find a picture to show you but I think you guys will get the idea.
This is a really great skill and, a useful one too.
For example, let's say you are on the trail with a friend or friends and something happens that requires you to lead a horse back to the trailer or the barn. You could get off your horse and lead both horses back, but who wants to do that, or, you could lead the horse without a rider back to the barn. That would make it easier for you and the horse in tow.
To teach this skill will require that your horse, the horse that you are on, is comfortable with another horse following him closely. In other words, you don't want your horse to kick the, you know what, out of the horse that you are ponying. That would make for a tuff ride home. So, make sure your horse is ok with this to begin with. Horses that are good to lead on the ground usually do not have much of a problem being ponyed. But that's not always the case. I was working with a student and he had tied his horse to the rail in the arena. The horse got untied so I rode over to the horse and started to pony him to his owner. Well the horse set back on the reins and refused to move forward. Let me tell you now that you do not want to pony a horse if he has a bit in his mouth. This could really be a deal if he does not want to move forward. So, I took off his bridle and put his halter on and we started again. He refused to move forward. So, what do we do now, you may be asking?
I'll tell you tomorrow.
Today looks like a good day to do the hay shuffle. It's kind of like the Curly shuffle, only not as fun.
Need to move a couple of bales of hay from my barn here, to my training barn. It's going to be cold.
You heard me complain about hay before, I am still complaining. It takes a little effort because I have to move the trailer, and I have to move the tractor. Then I have to unload the hay and then drive everything back over here. It takes about 20 min. to drive the truck and trailer to the other barn. But, takes about an hour to drive the tractor each way. Sucks but, it is what it is.
Kathy and I are getting ready for the big rodeo in Tucson next weekend. Weather is supposed to be in the 70's and sunny. That will make it nice. Last year is snowed on us, of all things, and made the effort tough.
Well, I got it done yesterday. Got the trailer cleaned out and man, I have a ton of Stuff. No wonder Kathy is always asking me, when I go to buy more STUFF, do you really need that? Of course my answer is always YES! But, man, I have tons. It's amazing how much a guy can stack up when you put it all in a pile.
Today will move some hay around, from my barn here, to my training barn on the other side of the ranch. Will be cold driving the tractor over there so will bundle up.
We are getting excited about Kathy's big show in Tucson. Will get to see some first class cowboys and gals at their best.
A little cold for the start this morning. A little snow, pretty.
Had a nice note from one of our X boarder looking for a place for her horse in the summer. It get pretty hot there in the summer. 107 for days. So, hoping that our place will work out for her and her horse this summer. Who knows, could be a whole nuther gig.
Will clean out the trailer today and start getting ready for Kathy art gig at the Tucson Rodeo. Lots to do before we are ready for all that.
For those of you who are interested, Jeep and Starr are getting along well. We will see them in a couple weeks at the Rodeo. Looking forward to seeing them both.
If you are looking for help with your horse or horses, I hope you will give me a holler.
Trip to town went off without a hitch. I don't like much going to town but, somebody's got to do it.
Picked up some new spark plugs for the four wheelers, so will get them up and running this morning. A bit chilly this morning. So may wait until I get finished with my coffee.
The three ponies we brought back from Arizona seem to be settling in just fine. I'm pretty busy right now trying to get things ready for Kathy show in Tucson at the rodeo. The Tucson rodeo is the largest un-motorized parade in the United States. We were there last year when it snows made a mess of things. Hoping this year it'll be a bit warmer. Kathy says, it's supposed to be in the 70s. Hope so.
Have some interest in riding lessons since I've been home.. Very excited about that. One of my new students will be a person who has had little or no contact with horses at all. So, this should be very exciting for her, and me.
Well we made it. Kathy and I spent the last day at the barn packing cleaning making sure that all the borders were taking care of. We both met a lot of really nice people, and will miss them. But it's really nice to be home, with the ponies, wally, Kevin the cow dog, pocket, and our barn cat stinker.
So, Kathy and I are getting ready for the big rodeo in Tucson Arizona, starting 15 February. We hope to see lots of folks that we've met over the past six months or so. So, come see us.
The three horses I had in Arizona, are getting used to their new home here. They seem to like it just fine. And, I really like it just fine. I want to get started with more trick training, some round pen sorting, and lots of other cool stuff.
Have two go to town today to get supplies. Not one of my favorite things to do but necessary. I already can't wait to get back home!
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.