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    05-03-2008, 11:57 PM
Hurray! Mom just told me that they neighbors don't mind if I come and work with there pony. So this week I am going to go over and start workin
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    05-04-2008, 07:31 PM
Let us know how he's like!
    05-04-2008, 09:27 PM
Alright well I just went over and looked at the pony and I was kinda surprised. The little pony was great around me, altho he kept kinda nippin at me and invadin my space alot... altho this is the first time I have been around him so he is probly just investigatin. So I asked my neighbor about how much he knew about the pony and all he could tell me is that the pony is NOT saddle broke, and he is not bridle trained either. I did pat the pony and touched his face and forhead to see if he would let me, and he did fine. I even attempted to pick up his feet and he did farily well. I then kissed to him to see if he would come to me, and he did twice! But I tried 2 more times after that and he didnt budge.. as I was askin some questions he told me that this pony was a show pony, but he couldnt tell me anythin more than that.

I also found out that the owner doesnt have a halter, and the bridle is broke.

So idk, I will probly have to get a halter and stuff. Is there a certain size I need to get? This pony is a big mini, he comes up just past my waiste and under my chest.

So it was a good first time, but I need to get a halter before I can really do anythin more..
    05-04-2008, 10:31 PM
I would also like to add that Rambo even backed up for me when I asked for it! I was actually VERY surprised he knew that command! Altho I will have to work on a few things with Rambo, and I will get a picture of him for you guys on tuesday.. it should be easy for me to get a picture of him sense he is only next door, but tomorrow I got to work so I can't get it then.

I am going to get a halter for Rambo and just start workin alittle bit.. I will also have to teach the pony personal space and not to nip at me.

What other advice can you guys give me, because I want to train this horse for there kids (I sure as heck wont be able to ride him, he to small in my opinion and I think I would break his back lol), this is my first time trainin so I want to do it right and learn while doin it.

    05-04-2008, 11:37 PM
What a cute name for a pony!! Chances are he'll need a pony sized halter; go to your local tack store and just as for a pony sized halter, they should have some in stock. Some ponies' heads are bigger than others though, so make sure you can return it if it doesn't fit!
First off, make sure he remembers what a halter means - it means that once it's on and you're around him, it's working time. Then you can see if he ties properly and get him used to being touched all over again - brush him, make sure he can pick up all 4 feet to be cleaned, rub him all over, around his ears and nose.
Then I'd see if he lunges, and just work on getting him back in shape. Lots of walking to start out with, minimal trotting, then over time you can start making him work up into a trot (this is the gait that's best to build endurance at!) and introduce a bit of cantering.
... I could go on, but I'm sure you'll have your hands full with just that for now!

I'm so excited for you Brandon! Can't wait to see pictures and get updates on how little Rambo is coming along!

Best of luck,
    05-05-2008, 12:24 AM
Thanks JDI, I will probly go to the stockyards tuesday and get a pony size halter.. I am pretty excited but there is alot of hard work for me to do on this horse, and even tho I am going to have a good start... its going to take alot of patience and consistency to get where I want him.

I will probly be askin alot of questions as time goes on...

I am hoping to get Rambo, rideable for the neighbors kids.

Oh and I found out that Rambo has not had a bath sense my neighbors have had him and that's must of been years... So I do not know how he will react to being bathed, but I am not too worried about that because I know the process of gettin him to tolerate bein groomed.

I AM SO EXCITED!! Yet I am pretty darn nervous..because I want to do this right!!
    05-06-2008, 04:03 PM
Alright well I just bought a halter and the lead rope, and in about 2 hours I am going to go over there and see what I can do.. I think the halter I got for him is to big, becuase the store I went to didnt have any pony sized ones so I am going to try a medium and if that doesnt work then I will try a yearling.
    05-06-2008, 04:57 PM
Can't wait for an update!
    05-06-2008, 06:10 PM
Hey Brandon, that's awesome that you're training your neighbors pony! That's gotta be an awesome experience!

Good luck and keep us updated!
    05-06-2008, 06:40 PM
Thanks guys, but the halter was to big :(

Although I did lead him, he did pretty good. I lead him around abit and he did fine. I even walked infront of him and with no tension on the rope he followed. I stopped him and he did fairly well. I backed him up again and he did fine. He didnt really invade my space today... but a problem I ran into is he would turn from me and walk away once I took the halter off. I tried to kiss at him and everythin but he ignored me and turned around and put his rumf in my direction and ate somethin on the ground...

Also he accepted the Halter with no problem at all, he even put his head down for me.. even tho that made me bend over even more lol cause he so small.

It was a good day, but I got to get another halter. He seems to know abit.. but how do I keep his attention, how do I work on having him look and face me when I kiss to him...

I need some advice.

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