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        09-23-2013, 01:08 AM
    Green Broke
    I cheated - I got a horse, not sound for riding, whose job it is to act as companion for the one left behind (for a total of four horses).

    Perhaps you might want to consider a companion. It wouldn't have to be a horse; it could be a donkey, pony, goat, etc. Feed wise, if you get a smaller animal it doesn't add much to the bill.

    Otherwise, its practise, practise, practise at home before hitting the trail. Perhaps do quite a bit of desensitizing of the mare using tarps, flags, etc. and that may get her used to having her space invaded. One trick I suggest when ponying on the trail (assuming you're using a western saddle): Wrap the lead rope around the horn (one complete turn) and place the end of the lead rope between the saddle and your leg; this allows you to use two hands on the reins while your leg holds the lead rope in place; this is useful if you need to get more control over your riding horse; if things get really out of control and you want to let the ponied horse go all you have to do is release your leg pressure and give a quick reverse turn of the lead rope and it's free.
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        09-23-2013, 02:16 AM
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    Seems that these horses have you well and truly taped!

    The fact that you say the mare does not like her space invaded says that she is not respecting you. I do not care what a horse does to another in the field, when I am riding them they do what I say and if I want to pony one or four horses from them then they will comply because, as their leader, they know they will be OK.

    If the gelding threatens to jump out when you are out with the other horses, fix a rail over the stable door so he cannot, or get an anti weaving grill so he cannot. Failing that, leave him tied up in the stall. Tie him high so he cannot get the right tension to pull back.

    I pony all of the horses, the youngsters get led from an older horse straight out on the roads and tracks way before they see an arena. I have been known to go out with a youngster tacked up, led from an older horse and come back riding the young one, leading the hunter and it would be the first time the youngster had ever had a rider on its back.
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        09-23-2013, 02:27 AM
    You need another horse!

    Two can stay at home and two to go out and ride ;)
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        09-23-2013, 02:55 AM
    Oooo like that idea :)

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