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[RC] ponying - Jonni

One of the issues some horses have with being ponied for the first time, is to have a rider up "above" them, asking them to lead. They are used to us on the ground, but get above them while mounted on the other horse, and I think that it is partially that flight instinct of something above them. I have worked on some by having them held or tied at a strong fence that I could climb up above them, and then get a hold of the rope, and ask them to come forward, and even give them a treat if needed. Just not a natural position for them to walk forward towards something up above them like that.
Jonni in TX