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  1. #1
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    Feb. 4, 2011

    Default Took an "extra" horse on the trail today...

    Funny story from my ride today and had to share...

    I took my arab out for a walk through the field (think 20 acre field) and down a little trail back to the barn today. We were almost to the other end of the field when she scooted sideways, which she never does. I looked back, and one of the other horses from the barn decided he wanted to go too and had been following us like a trail pony. I have no idea how long he had been there, but he seemed to be enjoying himself quite a bit to be out. He didn't have a halter on and I didn't have anything extra to catch him with, so we just turned around in the field and rode back to the barn with him following along. There are no roads for a few miles in any direction, and I figured he knew where he lived so no sense in getting off to catch him when I had nothing to catch him with.

    Gotta love the smart ponies Or should I say devious ones....
    Who say's your best friend has to be human?

  2. #2
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    Aug. 10, 2010
    Western NY


    How cute.
    Could that be called "free ponying".....
    Last edited by HPFarmette; May. 22, 2012 at 05:54 PM.

  3. #3
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    Jun. 29, 2009


    I look behind every so often !!

  4. #4


    Ha, I've done that a few times, but on purpose. xD. Its how I exercised my current pony before she was broke, I rode out on a friends pony and had my mare tag on behind!

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  5. #5
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    May. 4, 2006
    Green Cove Springs, Fla


    I was just talking to someone about this, many eons ago I used to ride a very lovely palomino mare on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, specifically outside of Grasonville. Routinely I would try and take her pony pal with her because pony once got caught in a fence trying to come. In those days people would not wig out, there was next to no traffic, I only rode in the corn fields after the corn was harvested, or do the trails along the bay inlets that led into the woods. It was a blast and I wish I could do it now because I have a large pony who thinks she is a dog anyway. She would follow me on a walk with the dogs if I let her. Not safe where I am now sadly.
    "We, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit." JFK

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug. 11, 2010


    being herd animals they like to stay with others of their kind. I have led several horses at times just by leading one, it helps if the one being led is the heard leader.

  7. #7
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    Dec. 21, 2008
    Middle USA


    I used to do this years ago when I had a safe place to do it.

  8. #8
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    Jan. 19, 2011
    Coastal Marsh of Texas


    A friend of mine excercises all of her horses this way but they are in a very remote area. Makes you wonder if this horse had wanted to go out on the trail for a while - you can only imagine what goes through their heads.

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