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[RC] teaching a horse to pony - katswig@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

I have three well broke horses I could pony from, however,
the rescue is scared of one of the horses and when I tried
to pony him from this guy, he'd lag behind as far as he could.
I tried in a rope halter, 16' lead (we were out about 14' at
times!) and he just won't stay up with us... Any suggestions
for my next attempt would be great!

When teaching a horse to pony and it lags behind, the best thing to do is
to bring somebody else along with you on another horse and have that person
get behind the ponied horse and push it forward if/when it lags, while the
person on the horse that is doing the ponying reaches over the scratches
the ponied horse on the neck when it comes up to the right place.

Use the horse that has done it before as the horse to ride.  Teaching it to
two horses at the same time (one how to pony and the other to be ponied) is
generally not the best choice.

Orange County, Calif.

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