I noticed something about myself when riding my horses. All of a sudden I'm playing with new exercises. It's not something I planned in advance, it just happend. And funny thing...they work pretty well.
In the last couple of weeks I've been experimenting with half pass in trot, walk-canter-walk transitions, countercanter and sidepass in canter. I don't think it ever felt so natural to keep progressing. I gues that means we're ready for it.
In the past it mostly felt awkward doing new stuff. I'd need some time to repeat and experiment before finding my balance again.
How does progressing through new fields feel for you at the moment?
Yesterday was our second time ponying and our 1st time ponying off property! @alexmitchellequine and I took the whole crew on a trail ride, and I gotta say I am proud as a peacock of Hank. He truly acted like it was no big deal and we do this stuff all the time. Now that I know we can do this safely, Hank will be joining us on future trail rides at home this winter!
After this ride, we loaded up both horses to get them home until Alex comes home in April, and they both loaded like champs too. It was a good day all around!
Gave the girls some exercise today 😊
Practiced ponying Annie because I don’t have time to ride them both. She did better today than yesterday. I think she realized it is better to work together than try to kick her partner 😂
Did some “backyard” barrels just for fun❤️. I can’t wait until I can take her to a real ring to practice!!! Just like our horses perform better when they are in shape, so do we!!! Stay fit to make your horses’s jobs easier, so they can perform their best😊🏇
So, these are a couple days old, but Mom says I took to ponying like a champ. For my first time, I did really well. I follow a little far back right now, but we worked on it. I turn with Mom and Tootsie really well and I even backed up with them and went over a tarp, weaved some barrels, and went through the gates and barn aisle. It’s definitely a step in the right direction. Exposure is key guys!
Mom says we’ll be ponying through the pasture and down the trails soon!
After a super relaxed follow up ride to yesterday’s very big day, @darkhorsetrainingcenter bluntly stated “you’re going to pony this horse. It’ll be hard for you but please don’t MICROMANAGE. Just go”. Coming from a thoroughly hunter equitation background (where I was trained hard to sit pretty) these practical horsemanship skills are all things that are new to me as a rider but come seemingly so naturally to Ted. Mary explained it’s good to do these types of exercises because they force me as a rider to not obsess with what my horse is doing every second because I have to give at least some of my attention to the horse being ponied and just trust that ted will be fine. And you know what? He was. Who says an off the track thoroughbred can’t have ranch horse goals? #tedditendergrass#ottb#ponying#ponyhorse#darkhorsetc#darkhorsetrainingcenter
I never posted about the hunter pace last Saturday but this is how it went... 😂 Cassie’s owner fell off her other horse Coosa (the palomino) at the beginning of the course and I went to get him because he and Cassie used to live together. He ended up running off but eventually I caught him and ponied him around until I found my way back to the trail/course. I got lost a couple times 😬 that’s one day I’ll never forget
Shiloh’s first time ponying another horse- gave Shiloh aids to turn on a 20meter circle and he got upset when Winston got in the way, slightly ruining his perfect circle 😂 they were both such good boys. ❤️
Carlie's second time being ponied. Being the independent sort, being ponied, is not Carlie's cup of tea. Many offered their advice and training tips. Insisted if she could lead well, she should pony just fine. That just is not the case. Her leading well with human leadership on the ground, is a completely different scenario for her. I imagine her thinking, "You not the boss of me, Old man!" Although, we have muddled our way through several ponying excursions, they were often fraught with mulish refusal, almost indignant resentment, on Carlie's part. The Old Man oftentimes, simply dragging her alongside, until she snapped out of it. Although, she improved over time; It was obvious, that these trips were not adding anything helpful to her education and life experience. So, for now; Carlie cools her heels at home. Obstacles on lead and at liberty, and just letting her be young horse, seems to be where she shines. So, my message: Don't get caught up in what everyone else says your horse should be doing. Listen to what your horse is saying works for them. #pony#horses#ponying#horsebehaviour#listentoyourhorse#younghorses#oldhorses