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        09-23-2012, 10:17 AM
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    Exclamation How long would you?

    I have been ponying my filly lately and I was wondering how long you guys pony your horses around for? Is there a point where I can pony her too much in one day? Or would it be okay if I have her tag along the whole ride?

    If I have a good, nice, and calm horse would it be okay to pony her along-side the rode? Is that ever a good idea? I'd think not but then again it would be good to have her be desensitized to all of he noses and what not?

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        09-23-2012, 10:22 AM
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    I think that it is an excellent way to desensitize your horse to the riding environment and new things. As long as you are experienced with ponying a horse and the horse you are riding is comfortable with being ponyed off and is quiet. I'd also highly suggest making sure that the two horses have interacted together before and do get along well.

    I don't think you can pony a horse for 'too long', but I think you can rush the process. Just like anything else, you need to start small and build up. This works for both length ajd environment, you want both horses to be comfortable with short rides before you do long rides and you want them both comfortable in a smaller enclosed place, before you go out on the trails.
        09-23-2012, 10:51 AM
    Before my 4 year old was trained I would pony her A LOT..It taught her respect ( you must keep up, and not get in front of me) and I could show her some scary stuff (traffic, scary sheds, wooded area ect.) while not being on her back but as close to it as I could get.
    I also got her really used to the saddle and how it moves on/with her while out ponying..

    I agree I don't think you can pony too long or much. Its good excersize and it good for the mind.
        09-23-2012, 11:02 AM
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    I would just like to make a quick point about the introducing new things to a horse while ponying it suggestion. You need to be very careful with doing this, some horses handle new things quiet well and others do not.

    While I was away on another property it was common practice to pony horses to bring them in from other paddocks. I was asked to pony a sweet mare, she wasn't too young and was fairly quiet. Unfortunately, no one mentioned to me that she was terrified of horses lying down (you'd be suprised how scary a horse in a rug laying down looks..), so, as we rode past she had a snort and continued on. Out of nowhere, she spooked and was sidepassing across the field having a rear. Thankfully, the horse I was on, was kind of awesome, and kept with her. But, my point is - know the horse you are trying to pony and remember that all horses can spook.
        09-23-2012, 11:34 AM
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    Liking that post above^ LOL..
        09-24-2012, 05:17 PM
    I make a point to get a roping saddle out with young horses...I hold the rope, but if they get frisky or spooky, I dally and let my awesome older gelding drag them along while they do their stupid things. :)

    Some of the best horses come from the time they were babies. Jester, our older gelding, from the day he was born was drug EVERYWHERE. On trails, to shows, every day. He's not scared of anything now. Much easier to take them places when they are young than when they are older and already have previously formed opinons. ^^

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