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[RC] Teaching horse to pony - Tina Rushing

From: Jennifer Judkins <jenjudkins@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [RC]   Teaching horse to pony
Hi all, looking for some advice.  I'm retraining an ex-racehorse...

You're sure it wouldn't be easier to ride this horse, eh?
My ponying experience is limited to one frisky young-un but it was
unforgettable:
Pony horse should be dead broke and unflappable.
Ponied horse responds (or learns to respond) instantly to the following
stimuli...
QUIT now!!  (holler like you mean it)
Good good, there's a good baby... (encouragement)
Ach! NEVER do that!! (scream it like you mean it)
Good kitty kitty... (encouragement)
WHOA!! (instant and absolute obedience mandatory)
Easy baby, eeeasy baby... (scary thing support)
BACK!! (failure is not an option)
Up now, up kitty, up kitty kitty... (creek crossing encouragement)
WAIT!!  (many useful applications)
Dig-it-in! Dig-it-in! (leaping/climbing encouragement still useful years
later)

I have some hilarious ponying-through-the-hills-and-forest video.  John
Lyons probably wouldn't like my technique, but I never rolled on the floor
howling with laughter when I watched him train a horse.

Desitin seems to work well on rope burns.
Hoppy trails!
Tina Rushing
El Granada, CA



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