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post #1 of 7 Old 11-16-2012, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Ponied Ivy today ... what's your method?

Took Whiskey and Ivy out on the road today, went for about an hour (30 minutes out, 30 minutes back). We live on a dirt road that you can head over to fields and then trees and a wash... we'll need to build up to that, but that's the plan for the next month.

By the time I got home, my left arm was sore from pulling Ivy back to my knee, she wants to get even with Whiskey.

Whiskey was great today, a little snorty at first, but she hasn't been ridden for a couple months so understandable. She's about as bombproof as a four year old can be, so even when she's snorty she's very well behaved.

Enjoy the pics, but please comment - how do you pony so your arm doesn't fall off by the end of the ride... I don't want to work her down before we go because I am trying to protect Ivy's two year old joints. Thanks for your help :)
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-16-2012, 08:57 PM
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By the time I got home, my left arm was sore from pulling Ivy back to my knee, she wants to get even with Whiskey.

Enjoy the pics, but please comment - how do you pony so your arm doesn't fall off by the end of the ride... I don't want to work her down before we go because I am trying to protect Ivy's two year old joints. Thanks for your help :)
Being a good 'ponied' horse is something to learn like anything else. Similar to leading a horse in hand that wants to get ahead, circle around with her on the inside to get her to slow down a bit.

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I ended up getting a little harsher with her towards the end of the ride, snapping the lead pretty hard then relaxing the pressure as soon as she fell into place - I figured on a longer ride she'd eventually get tired and be content to just amble along - but man, my shoulders are sore :(

I am going to try the circles next time, but we might not get very far down the road :) When I pony her in our pasture/arena, I use larger circles at the trot and do lots of turning when she gets to excited... maybe I could do a few laps around the arena at a long trot before we head out...

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I have ponied my now 3yr. Old gelding Street by his Mom Spice since he was a little guy. Yes I remember many times my shoulders and arms getting tired LOL
This summer though I think he was just b eing a typical teenager and testing, a friend of mine had offered to pony him instead of me and the little brat pulled back and reared on him three times!!!! I was afraid my friend was going to get hurt so I took over, funny but he smartened up right away with me......could be because it's his Mom I'm on too so I think that might make a difference too......
Great pics by the way!! Good luck and keep us all posted on how it's going.....

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I ended up getting a little harsher with her towards the end of the ride, snapping the lead pretty hard then relaxing the pressure as soon as she fell into place - I figured on a longer ride she'd eventually get tired and be content to just amble along - but man, my shoulders are sore :(
I've done that many, many times, and there is nothing wrong with that. I did a lot of ponying when our mares were young and there are ones that would start out wanting to be neck and neck, ones that would want to lead, and ones that would want to just lag behind and just take in the new sights
I always look at teaching ponying as an exercise in matching pace and learning good behavior when right next to each other. Try it sometime with two fresh mares that are both in season and you'll really appreciate how much good training and a good pony horse makes your life easier.

...but about your original comment....yes, some days it can be a real workout for your arms.
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If your horse is used to a pull on your saddle horn like roping, I dally and ride off. I don't leave a whole lot of slack, I want them to learn where the "sweet spot" is. I like their head close to my leg, not ahead and not behind. When they try to get ahead or behind the slack comes out of the lead, but in the proper position it is slack. It is more consistant than holding the leadrope and your arm wont get tired.
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I'll try the dally on the horn tomorrow - Whiskey is used to the pull, so that shouldn't be a problem - thanks Guys :)

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