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post #31 of 33 Old 09-02-2016, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for those tips on helping with the herd-boundness. I will take them out separately when time allows, but today took both out and it worked really well, so maybe will wait to work on getting over that "needing a buddy" attitude until I get a 4-H'r who wants a project. For today it was very pleasant to get my aerobic walk in (use them now instead of a dog) and get them both exercised at the same time.

I'm actually going over to the Member Journal area, as realize how enjoyable it is to be on this forum. I've always thought it would be fun to have a country-life style blog and think maybe in that area I can sort of do that, along with getting some help when specific advice is needed. So am going to try it that way and will put a very specific title on when I have a question. Think it's working already that way, because my first post there was about Pony limping a bit and have some good responses, even though I'm not following them. Will maybe see you in the future over there, Kai. Again, thanks for your input.
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post #32 of 33 Old 09-02-2016, 07:48 PM
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extremely attached to her buddy in their pen and it was a little difficult to get her to want to go away by herself. Is it possible this pony has anxiety issues that make it better just to always take the molly along? ...At some point, I want the pony to be able to be ridden by herself,
If it is safe to do so, yes, is my opinion. Absolutely these herd/prey animals become very 'anxious' when forced to leave their herd, if not with a trusted leader. While I agree with Kai(only read first few lines of response below yours) that the horse should be gotten used to be out by herself with you too, I do think that in your situation - she's new to you, you aren't experienced, you aren't looked upon as her trusted leader, and above all, you're putting little kids on her. So make it as least difficult and worrying for her & yourself as possible. Yup, 'alone training' can come later, when you're all more confident with eachother.

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post #33 of 33 Old 09-10-2016, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Pony Walking Better Today

I've been working on more respectful walking distance and lots of practice with whoa. Attached reins to halter instead of bit. Also, had the molly tied to shed while leading kids around today and pony was much calmer, so will keep doing it that way. Thanks, again, to all for the help.
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