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    03-24-2012, 10:16 AM
  #1091
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
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!)
Foxhunter, I adore your stories! Tell us the other story!

Also, in your earlier post about my pony, I'm gratified that you think he's going to be all right. I seriously got the idea that the owners were very happy to be rid of him. Partly due to the age, and that ponies have to be watched carefully for their diets, thus special lots and handling. But even the little girl who had outgrown him said tg me, when we were alone, that the only bad thing was that he would not be caught sometimes. Otherwise he would follow her about her back yard and allow himself to be draped in girly dress-up pretending to be costume class, etc. and then allow her to hop on for a ride. So, I found him to be a quick learner at the try-out (taught him where I wanted him to stop beside me, instead of in front of me) and have found him to want to please here at home.
     
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    03-24-2012, 10:49 AM
  #1092
Yearling
Foxhunter - I love all your stories! I look forward to them each morning while I drink my coffee (our time differences work out quite well for me) :)
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    03-24-2012, 12:25 PM
  #1093
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Originally Posted by Ladytrails    
Foxhunter, I adore your stories! Tell us the other story!

Also, in your earlier post about my pony, I'm gratified that you think he's going to be all right. I seriously got the idea that the owners were very happy to be rid of him. Partly due to the age, and that ponies have to be watched carefully for their diets, thus special lots and handling.
I think the biggest killer of ponies is the dreaded laminitis (founder)
Ponies mostly developed living on very poor grazing - highland moors and mountains, so they can virtually live on nothing. Given good grazing and to much of it then they will founder unless they are worked for several hours a day.

As I said before I ran a riding school with severely laminitic ponies that were destined to be put down. They were fine once they were treated correctly and worked. To many it seems very tough to have them in near bare paddocks but better than a lump of lead.

The ponies I have had were all fine with children! It was funny to see them - I could crack a whip under their noses or behind them and they never did a thing unless they knew they were thinking differently to what was wanted.

Any problems give me a shout but I am sure he will be fine.
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    03-24-2012, 12:31 PM
  #1094
Yearling
Foxhunter, thanks. Pony is in a dry lot (which is now a minor swamp with all our rain), with a scant flake of grass hay twice a day. He's turned out for a short few hours in our riding arena which is partly grass-covered, and seems to be doing fine thus far. I'm watching like a hawk to see how he is doing on the grass and when it really starts growing, he'll either be limited (more) on turnout or I'll rope off part of it so that he can't access too much at a time.
     
    03-24-2012, 12:39 PM
  #1095
Trained
Well I am still searching for a horse to lease
     
    03-24-2012, 12:43 PM
  #1096
Trained
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Originally Posted by With Grace    
Call local barns and ask. I know for a fact that many horses looking for leases and half leases are advertised in thier own barns only. Also look up leases on dream horse dot com I've seen some on their lately. Good luck, have faith, there are great horses up for lease right now!

I have faith
But the glitch I have is I don't drive and if hubby is working
I can't get there
But as long as hubby works at home he can drive me
     
    03-24-2012, 12:46 PM
  #1097
Trained
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Originally Posted by outnabout    
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!
I will have to try that suggestion thanks
     
    03-24-2012, 12:49 PM
  #1098
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Country Woman    
I have faith
But the glitch I have is I don't drive and if hubby is working
I can't get there
But as long as hubby works at home he can drive me

Oh, that is kind of a glitch, because if you can't get to the horse on your lease days, you lose out on riding as well as the horse doesnt get worked. Are there barns close enough to you to ride a bike or even walk?
     
    03-24-2012, 12:50 PM
  #1099
Trained
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Originally Posted by chandra1313    
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.
yes thank you for that info I will get my husband to help me
With that I will get my BC Horse Council liscence too
That would be a great idea
     
    03-24-2012, 12:50 PM
  #1100
Super Moderator
A continuation of the Tony Pony.

We had held a cheese and wine party as a fund raiser for the local fox hunt. It had gone well and most people had left. Those remaining had turned from wine to whisky as the evening stretched on.
One of the mothers came and collected her daughter but had returned in less than 5 minutes to say that a wallaby, escaped from a country park, was grazing by the side of the road.
We all ran across the filed in a rash attempt to catch it - there was a 1,000 reward on its head so was worth the trouble. Darn thing took one look and ping was over the hedge and across out neighbours field.
We returned to the stables and realised it had stopped in the field adjoining ours and was grazing.
The hunt was on. Ponies in the home field were quickly caught and mounted. These were mostly smaller ponies 12 hands to 13.2 and all the riders (all hunting people) were adults. Somehow the Master of the hunt a 6' tall man but weighing less than 140 lbs. Ended up on Tony Pony. All of us were riding bareback and with only halters.

I was first away and over the hunt jump from our field into where the wallaby was. My GSD was alongside me closely followed by two Labradors and three terriers.

As soon as wallaby saw us he was away and my GSD in hot pursuit. It ran true and faster than I thought a wallaby could run. It pinged wire fences and hedges with no problem. We had to either go through gates or over hunt jumps so it was getting away from us.

I had to swing away from the hunt fence as one of the dogs was in front of me and in danger of getting trampled. I swung Wondy in a circle and ended up behind the rest - not a good place to be on a pony that had few brakes with a bit in his mouth let alone in a halter.

The hunt fence was about 3'6" high and all sailed it. Tony Pony careering along with the Master's feet only inches off the ground, jumped the fence with no problem, his little legs tucking right up. Unfortunately the Master never tucked his feet up and they got stuck under the top rail. Tony continued whilst Master landed flat on his face. I was committed to the jump and Wondy veered to the side missing landing on the prone Master.
No one stopped to help Master - the hunt was on. He did get to his feet and run after us but no one really cared!

Wallaby, obviously tiring, ran into a wagon park, chain mesh fencing to high for him to jump so we had him cornered.
No one knew anything about actually catching the darn thing, all I knew was that if you were in front of them they could kick forward with their back legs and claw your stomach. I played safe and held the ponies at the gate (which we had closed and two of the men grabbed its tail.
A horsebox was brought to load it into and the 1,000 claimed. Half to the hunt and half to the Riding for the Disabled.

Master's fall was one of the best I have ever seen. I was unable to see where I was going for laughing so hard. He was totally unhurt thanks to a good evening's drinking.

Tony Pony continued with the rest of us, he didn't falter at any fence as he wasn't going to be left behind.
     

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