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post #1 of 14 Old 09-22-2013, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Ponying Two Difficult Horses

So, together, my mum and I have three horses. The original plan was to have two, but I won't delve into that story. We have three now, and not always a third rider, or a rider who can handle one of the two of my horses. My mum enjoys trail riding, just walking around the farm on her old horse. She's a fairly nervous rider so she doesn't like to go alone, and she doesn't like to ride my horses. Our farm isn't set up to leave behind a horse (because they scream and run around, and have threatened to jump out of their stalls), so it's either one horse goes, or they all go. I thought ponying would be a good idea, and I think it's a good skill for a horse to have. However, the mare I usually ride likes her space, and has had a tendency to kick out at other horses who get too close. And my gelding is somewhat of a space cadet. He gets anxious on the trails, he can't focus on one thing, everything freaks him out and he tends to be energetic. I'm afraid of him taking off ahead of Nelly while being ponied, and having the whole thing be a total train wreck. Is it going to take a lot of practice in the arena before they become a team at it? Should I be teaching them voice commands? How would you deal with them?

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post #2 of 14 Old 09-22-2013, 08:03 PM
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To me, all the horses need a lot of work before trail Riding. (just my opinion)
If a horse can jump out of it's stall, they are not constructed properly, and the horse needs to be worked. If possible, try to find someone to work the animal left behind. Standing quiet in a stall will become a treat. For the one who doesn't like horses close, well there is only one way I know to fix that, get horses close and punish bad behavior.
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Your horse you are riding when you pony needs to be solid and forgiving. I does not sound like you have that so ponying is not going to easy. If you can keep the mare from kicking and get her to let the gelding pony off her that would be better then trying to ride the anxious one. Practice in the arena first. But honestly I would find a way to leave one behind. Maybe invest in four round pen panels they are 6 ft high and with only four that does not leave much room for running. While learning to pony, and being a pony horse are good skills not every horse fits the bill and if you don't know what your doing you can easily get into a wreck. Be safe.
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If a horse can jump out of it's stall, they are not constructed properly
I can plainly see that, and if I had my way, I would tear the barn down and rebuild something a little more functional. However I don't have my way, I don't own the barn, and I have to work with what I've got.

As I mentioned before, I can rarely find a third person to ride, finding someone who is competent enough to work with the horse left behind would be difficult, and I'm sure, not free.

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I leave one home Alone and let em flip out. They get over it. Pony off a good horse, but that seems to be a shortage?

Are they all young or just untrained. Or over babied?
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We have three and leave one home all the time. They really do get over it once you do it a few times.

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Im the same, I have 3, one is always left behind at first she rampaged around her field - but after a few times of us coming and going she quit caring. Do you have a small paddock you could put the third in maybe with an electric wire to prevent break outs?I also found leaving a big bucket of sloppy soaked hay cubes with some peppermints mixed in as we left was a great distraction and became sort of a reward for not fussing.
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post #8 of 14 Old 09-22-2013, 10:52 PM
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Can your mum pony one?

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Can you work with your mom and her horse as to build her confidence? As you do this, have your own horse tacked up and you either on him or on the ground holding him, look at this as a training opportunity. The 3rd horse can be in their stall watching what you all do, within sight of them.
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post #10 of 14 Old 09-22-2013, 11:26 PM
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I can plainly see that, and if I had my way, I would tear the barn down and rebuild something a little more functional. However I don't have my way, I don't own the barn, and I have to work with what I've got.

As I mentioned before, I can rarely find a third person to ride, finding someone who is competent enough to work with the horse left behind would be difficult, and I'm sure, not free.
If the stall is enclosed except for the gate, maybe using rope or a stall net could provide the extra security you need. I was a building contractor, if I had pictures I could be of more help.
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