Originally Posted by frlsgirl
So the pony is bi-lingual :)
She really is an awesome pony with a GREAT personality - always wants to just please.. Even smiles for photos - she SERIOUSLY knows what a camera is I'm convinced. ;)
FWIW, further to my reply above, my lease horse is clueless when it comes to western cues - I have tried to neck rein him on occasion when I needed a free hand for something else and he's just totally oblivious. Not surprising since he was primarily a hunter jumper all his working life and had zero exposure to anything even remotely related to western.
As soon as I break contact he takes it as an invitation to loose focus - I can neck rein him all I want and he just totally ignores it. Eventually he more or less slows down or stops wondering what to do since he's not receiving any input anymore. I can keep him moving with leg cues and even steer to some extent with leg yields, but eventually he starts to wander like a drunk driver if I just urge him forward with legs but don't have steering contact anymore.
It was an interesting experiment after my daughters results.
It depends a lot more on how the horse was schooled vs what kind of tack you have on the horse. A horse that understands what you're asking of him or her (be it english or western cues, or both if they understand) will aim to please regardless of what the leather looks like.