Pony a Yearling on a Trail?
   

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Pony a Yearling on a Trail?

This is a discussion on Pony a Yearling on a Trail? within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category
  • How to ponny a yearling
  • how to pony a yearling on trail

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By Cherie

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    06-22-2012, 04:31 PM
  #1
Foal
Pony a Yearling on a Trail?

This summer I want to start my yearling colt. I know he's young, but when it comes time to actually ride him, I want it to go off without a hitch. I'm wondering where other people stand about ponying him on the trails. I would be using his momma which is a fearless trail horse.
I'm wondering if it's too soon to take him on trails and to start bomb proofing him. He's very willing to work and wants to please, I just don't want to push him too hard or stunt his growth by any means. Any and all advice is welcome. Thanks!
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    06-22-2012, 04:37 PM
  #2
Weanling
I have ponyed foals around with there mommas on trail rides. Not ones where I go all day but shorter ones. Once they are a yearling. They go for few hour trail rides.
     
    06-22-2012, 05:03 PM
  #3
Trained
Absolutely! Its a great idea. Definitely use a bomb proof trail horse to accompany him.
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    06-22-2012, 05:13 PM
  #4
Trained
There is no better way to get a young horse used to things than to drag them around with you everywhere. At the barn I am at we take yearlings everywhere. Even foals are halter broken and taken on short rides, desensitized, started on some light groundwork...It's an excellent idea to get them out.
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    06-23-2012, 07:16 AM
  #5
Yearling
I totally agree ponying the youngsters is a very good way to start them. I ponyed my mare's foals a couple of days a week, but not to far initially.
     
    06-24-2012, 07:58 AM
  #6
Super Moderator
I don't like ponying horses on trails. I have had to retrain a bunch of them that had become so herd-bound they were a real PITA to try to ride out alone. They thought they had to have company or a horse to follow and were a lot harder to get to be good trail horses without a 'horse leader'.

We just have had no problem with riding them out by themselves when we train them so have found no benefit from leading them around.

This is just the way we have found to make the best trail horses that are brave and only need a person to be their leader.
GhostwindAppaloosa likes this.
     

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cowboy, the trail pony! FlyGap Horse Conformation Critique 6 04-06-2012 12:09 PM
Yearling starting to nurse from pony kim_angel Horse Talk 4 05-18-2011 08:39 AM
weanling/yearling/pony rope halter horseluver250 Tack and Equipment Classifieds 0 03-29-2011 07:44 PM
So proud of my little trail pony. Pinto Pony Jumping 4 11-15-2009 09:24 AM
Cute Yearling Buckskin and APHA Overo Trail Horse!! allflashypine Horses for Sale 2 03-09-2009 08:31 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0