I was asked the other day if I ponyed any of the horses that I trained. My answer was I did not see much value in ponying a horse. First let me explain what ponying is.
Ponying is the process of leading a horse behind the horse you are riding. To tell the truth the only time I have ever use this method was when I was getting a horse ready for packing. I would pony a horse to teach him not to try to get in front of me, but to stay behind the horse I was riding.
However with Bitsy I got to thinking that she probably has not had a lot of experience outside the arena or round pen and, perhaps ponying would give her a chance to see the outside world without me having to ride her. So that’s what we did. Car, my horse, and I took her out and around to cross some arroyos and in and around some bushes and she did good. Took her a little bit to figure out not to get in front of me. But, she figured it out before the ride was over.
So, I'm rethinking the process of ponying. I don’t think that a person needs to dBitsyo it with every horse, but I think that there are times when it doesn’t hurt to give it a try. If you think you want to give it a go make sure the horse you are riding is ok with a rope and ok with the rope touching his hind end. You could get yourself in a big wreck if your horse does not have those skills.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.