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post #31 of 44 Old 09-17-2013, 09:26 PM
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As long as he can handle its you can trick train him too. Fetch, smile, Yess, no, etc. It will all depend on his personality though. If its going to make him pushy nippy, no, obviously. I taught one of the donkeys to stand up on a pedestal, smile and I was teaching him to hold his halter.
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Trick training might be a good idea Slide Stop! He hasnt come across as very food motivated so far yet.

The little booger got out already!!! It hadnt even been 24 hours yet. I had just unloaded whiskey off the trailer and my BO was up in the top arena giving lessons and she started hollering "Hey the pony is out! The pony is out!" and (I was so tired from work I was a little out of it) I was sitting there like "why is she telling me this?". And then it dawned on me that she was talking about MY pony. I guess thats what happens when you get a horse you werent expecting.

Well, thankfully one of our awesome barn workers helped me catch him but it took us like half an hour. He was having a jolly old time, thats for sure. He got into the mare's pasture and got everyone running around and squealing and then slipped into the mini pasture and got those guys running around and squealing and ended up in my BO's backyard (she lives on the ranch property) and then ran into the barn closest to where his pasture was.

We tried shaking a bucket and everything, he just wasnt gonna have it! Finally I just put hay and feed in his stall and he trotted on in there and started eating. It was starting to get dark but i couldnt find where he had gotten out anywhere! I am through with class by 9 tomorrow morning and don't have work so I'm going to investigate as soon as I am finished on campus.

The barn worker (really great friend of mine- like a grandpa to me :) ) was like "are you keeping that thing?" and I was like "yeah, I guess! I dont know what else to do with him" and he was like "Phew. Good luck! You're gonna need it". ha ha ha.

Oh! We have settled on a name. I am part of a book club on my campus (trying to motivate myself to read more during the semester) and we just finished reading the Night Circus by Erin Morgensten. It's a book about a circus whos theme is black and white, and its about two magicians who basically have a sort of duel within the circus. Really good story- but I digress. His name is Marco. He is dark and white like the circus from the book, and the male protagonists name is Marco. Seems to fit him

Now wish me luck in finding his escape route tomorrow! Didnt grab any more pics tonight but I am going to groom him and give him a bath tomorrow. Will take some pics then!
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post #33 of 44 Old 09-17-2013, 10:35 PM
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Marco! Love it!

I'd put him in a smaller paddock for a while or a round pen. Makes his tooties move until he wants to be caught. Then I'd pair it with lots of positive reinforcement. Give him a small piece of carrot, unhalter him and go away. After a few session take him out for grass then return him. After that maybe a walk and return. Just make him believe that your "worth his while". I would only imagine what being used as a "grandkids pony" entailed. I'd imagine it probably wasn't all that fun on his end of the deal.
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post #34 of 44 Old 09-17-2013, 11:21 PM
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I don't know what kind of fencing you've got, but the only thing I've ever found that will keep my Houdini mini-burro inside is an electric placed low enough that he can't scootch under it.
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post #35 of 44 Old 09-18-2013, 11:00 AM
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ugh, thank goodness Sour isn't an escape artist...the only time she ever tried to get out was when a new gelding had been added to the herd and she tried to jump out and landed on her side O_O scary stuff, man. Her mule baby on the other hand...I caught that little ****** belly crawling under a round pen panel at 3 weeks old, and she was ALWAYS either crawling under the paddock gate or jumping the 4' tall fence (HOW?!?!?!) in those 6 months that I had her. Good grief.

Drifting, the electric fence is a great idea- that's what we used to use to 'double secure' our mini stallion's pen back when we had a stallion, by using the tape in two strands on the inside of the perimeter. Make sure you have at least two latches on his gate/stall door as well, because if he can't get out of the fence, chances are he's going to try the gate.

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I got permission from my BO to add another strand of hot wire closer to the ground to keep him from scootching under in the paddock he will eventually be in.

Until I can set to work making that happen this weekend, I am going to let him hang out in a temporary turn out we have for him. It has electrical tape on top and the fencing goes to the ground. I will try to take a better shot when I go back out after my class this afternoon.

He inspected his new digs for a bit and then grumpily started eating his hay like "dang". It's only been two days and I think he's already planning his run to his next home! We led him using the golf cart the barn has as a means for the workers to get around to different areas quickly- and he happily trotted next to us! I think he has a lot of energy and am hoping if we can curb that with frequent physical and mental exercise maybe it take the escape attempts to a minimum.

A girl can wish, right??

Here is a shot of Grumpy Pony as he reconciled himself to the fact he couldnt escape. Hoping to get better pictures of a well groomed Marco this afternoon after he gets a bath!

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He sounds like he has quite the quirky personality! he's gorgeous too :)
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post #38 of 44 Old 09-27-2013, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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Marco has been fantastic! No more escape attempts. He is in with a bay mini mare who has a humongo crush on him.

I had started trick training with him a bit but fell off Drifter on Tuesday and he stepped on my leg, or rather, stomped on my leg. Sadly it is broken in two places so I'm stuck at home. I have a case and crutches but was told to take it easy until my appointment with an Orthopedic surgeon tomorrow, just for a closer look.

I am using my time stuck here at the house to look further into ground driving and stuff. Definitely sounds like something I might want to get into with Marco! Here are some pics of him and his new girlfriend I snapped last weekend as they traveled from their stalls to their pasture. They are goofy! And always a mess. They never stop trotting around so the pictures are hard to get haha.

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Sorry to hear about your leg Drift, but Marco looks like he's lovin' life!
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post #40 of 44 Old 09-27-2013, 02:43 AM
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Ouch! that doesn't sound like fun. :/ I'm sorry to hear that. On the plus side it does look like your pony is having quite the ball with his new little girlfriend. ^.^
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