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    03-24-2012, 12:36 AM
Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
The ponies at the stables whereI learned to ride were generally very good. They had their quirks but all were well worked, well fed and contented. Some were a bit strong out on a hack so were either ridden by experienced riders or carried novices on a lead rein.
There was a girls boarding school that rode during the week and it was when I was taking a junior ride on the beach I had a 'interesting' time. All the children were cantering off a lead.

I sent the first rider on a hot little mare, Trixie to go along the beach. Trixie would go from A to B at a fast clip but she knew the ropes and would always stop at the correct point.
I told the kids that if they wanted they could jump the breakwater. Trixies went from 0 to 20 m.p.h. In three strides. She went to the breakwater and very uncharacteristically stopped dead and lowered her head. The rider continued and landed in a stream the other side. Normally the stream wasn't there and the sun was shining on it so she wanted to examine it.
I had already sent the next pony so she did the same, I now had two wet children.
As I went to pick them up leaving the other six walking around in a circle so I heard a yell. Drumbeat had decided it was such a wonderful spring day he would go for a belly deep paddle. The child on top was new and she was terrified and started screeching. One of the other girls jumped off her pony to rescue her friend. Friend seeing rescue coming jumped off Drumbeat and waded to the shore.
Four wet children. The others had stopped circling and before you could blink three of the ponies had got down to roll. The children never had the sense to kick them up or jump off but all fell to the side when they were down.
Seven soaking wet children. None really knew what to do! I caught Drumbeat and told the kid off for jumping off in the water and also told the friend off for rescuing her.
I then told all the kids that if anyone of them cried they would be walking back to the school, about a mile and all uphill!

Not one cried.

A little roan pony Molly was one of the best ever teachers. She could be very naughty with experienced kids but a novice was well looked after.
I had a junior ride in the arena. Seven of them were fine but one much younger girl was a real novice and should have been on a lead but on Molly she would be fine. The lesson had gone well and towards the end the kids were popping a caveletti. Barbara the little rider had trotted over the 'jump' which non of the ponies were really jumping but when I put it up to top height (all of 2') and Barbara wanted to jump it too, I trusted Molly and said she could do so.

Much to my astonishment on her turn Molly cantered towards the jump. I knew that if she actually jumped Barbara would be on the floor.
Barbara was holding a large chunk of mane, her tongue was sticking out to the side of her mouth and her eyes were tightly shut.
Molly cantered to a stride before the jump, slowed to a walk, stepped over the jump and trotted to the end of the arena.
"Well done Barbara - that was jolly good but, why did you have your eyes shut?"
Please Linda, I had my eyes shut because I wouldn't see if I fell off!"
LOL!!! Foxhunter, maybe you should write a book!
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    03-24-2012, 12:41 AM
Originally Posted by With Grace    
Oh geezez, so my lesson was just short of a disaster today. I tacked up, went to put the new girth on the new saddle, does not fit! A girl at my barn whom is super sweet gets me her girth which just barely fits. I warm up at a walk, saddle is the most comfortable saddle ever. Grace on the other hand is in quite the marish mood. Looking for something to spook at, not listening to anything I ask. Rearing up. I get off. We lunge for about ten minutes, she bucks all over the place. I get back on, and she just seems odd. After trotting a bit I begin to feel more uneasy. Something is not right. This is the first time I ever tell my trainer that something is telling me to get off. He agrees..hes the type of man that understands if you're not feeling it, its better to not ride. He gets that we women have a certain intuition.

I don't know if it was the saddle, the new pad, the new girth, or she's coming into heat, but I went home wondering where do I go from here? Please horse gods, send me my horse!
We have all had those days! If it happens again, I would have your trainer check out all the new tack...
    03-24-2012, 12:48 AM
Originally Posted by texasgal    
I'm just north of Houston in Montgomery County.
Oh well... to far away for another riding buddy
    03-24-2012, 12:50 AM
Originally Posted by Country Woman    
good evening everyone
Just here pondering what to do next
I have looked on Craigs list in my area but no luck
Where else should I look for a lease
I can't remember if anyone else has brought this up yet, but tell everyone you know that you are looking: feed stores, tack stores, anywhere horse people go. IMO that is the best way to find what you are looking for, in your situation. If you were here where I live, I could find you one tomorrow!
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    03-24-2012, 02:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Ladytrails    
All you pony lovers - here's a question for you: what should I expect next from my new pony? He is 16, Quarter pony/Shetland cross, about 12 hands. He's raised 2 family's kids, who have outgrown him. The owners who sold him to me had him priced really low because of his age and the fact that he has a vice - he didn't like to be caught. When I brought him home, I had him standing to be caught within his doing 5 rounds of the arena; he had apparently never realized that while the human might not be able to catch him, they certainly could make him move. We used treats to reward the stop and the approach. Now he comes to me directly, even without treats, when I enter his pasture or the arena where we're allowing him to graze. He rides well for kids and has great ground manners, even for kids, but has been said to buck off an adult rider who tried to ride him.

It seems to me that I have the near-perfect pony for leadline riders, he's been a sweetie to handle. I'm about 150 pounds so I think I'm too heavy to ride him and actually check him out. Do you think he's just faking me out right now? He seems almost too good to be true!
He sounds as if he knows his job and has the T-shirt!

Ponies are capable of more logic than horses and will often try to take advantage of their small riders - often the worse they do will be to put their heads down to eat. Others can be really quite mean.

He sounds ideal, just keep his manners up - as long as he knows there is someone in charge he will be fine with the little ones.
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    03-24-2012, 02:43 AM
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Tony Pony came to me along with his 8 year old rider. He was a Welsh pony all of 12 hands.
I had orders from the mother that he was never to be turned out as he attacked whoever was trying to catch him and, he was only to be ridden in the arena as he was very naughty when out on a hack.

Sorry but no pony should be in 24/7 which was the cause of the riding problems. (He was very hyped up, fast with bucks a plenty!)
He was very naughty to catch but never attacked when one of the staff went to catch him. They had been with me for about 6 months. Tony was safe to ride out and Sharon, his rider was far more confident and happy.

I was taking a lesson one Saturday morning when one of the bigger kids came in to say they couldn't catch Tony and he was chasing them. (By this time he was turned out without a halter on)
When the lesson finished I walked out to the field halter in hand. There were about eight ponies in the field and Tony was slightly away from the others.
I walked towards him and saw that he was looking at me as he grazed. I was about 5 yards away from him when he suddenly swung away and double barrelled at me. Prepared I wrapped the halter around his backside. He shot off and I followed. Second time he spun around and ran back towards me. Again I whacked him with the halter. Unfortunately the halter got wrapped around a leg and as he shot forward he took it with him.
I followed, aware that there were at least a dozen children watching. This time Toni was facing away from me and the halter had dropped off a couple of yards behind him. I was further away when he started to run back into me. I was unarmed and couldn't run because of the kids watching!
It was one of those moments when the brain goes into overdrive. As he ran back so I realised the my legs were longer than his and I kicked him hard catching him on the hamstring.
He shot off towards his friends on three legs. I really didn't care. I picked up the halter and marched towards him and he was caught with no further problem. He was never, ever naughty to be caught again.

Trouble is with posts like this is that it brings back memories and there is another about Tony but I do not want to bore you all!)
    03-24-2012, 07:13 AM
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We're horse people here-you won't bore us. We love horse stories.
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    03-24-2012, 07:31 AM
Originally Posted by Country Woman    
I am looking for a lease the benefits both me and the owner
I am willing to muck stalls, feed, water, turn out, ride and groom
In exchange for riding the horse

Hi Country Woman, have you thought about advertising yourself on craigslist. I advertised on craigslist for people who wanted to trailride with me, I had the horses but no one to ride with, I got three great gals and it has been a blast. If your experienced it's even better there are probably people out there who have horses but just don't have anyone to ride with. I allowed the girls I met after getting to know them to come out anytime they wanted and ride my horses, even if I wasn't going to be riding with them.
    03-24-2012, 08:39 AM
CW... I agree with the feed stores...there are usually tons of pin up ads in those places. Also, google all of the local stables. A lot of people lease horses but on a word of mouth basis or once they are approached about it. Usually, someone can lead you to someone else. I would start with the tack and grain stores and local barns. Good luck
    03-24-2012, 10:07 AM
Originally Posted by Country Woman    
I am looking for a lease the benefits both me and the owner
I am willing to muck stalls, feed, water, turn out, ride and groom
In exchange for riding the horse
Country Woman, I would suggest that you contact stable owners/barn managers near you, and do whatever you can to allow them to get to know you. Sweep aisles, etc. Maybe some free labor will warm their hearts. Then as people get to know you, you might be able to learn of horses who could be leased or where you could have riding rights, even if they weren't willing to lease per se. I think if not Craigslist, maybe this is a situation where you need to "know people" who "know people" - a lot of happenings in the horse world are word of mouth.

Another great way to learn of horses that are available is through Facebook. I went to a horse clinic and talked to folks, and found out there is a Facebook site for horse friends here in my area (although some of them are from out west in the US). If any are from Canada I'll check and let you know. There is always a horse or ten on that site for sale, for trade, for whatever. Folks want to know that their animals are going to be taken care of, and this closed Facebook group gives them some security in that regard, as all of us know somebody else - you have to, in order to be invited to join the group.

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