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Caught in the act - school ponies gone rogue

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    Caught in the act - school ponies gone rogue

    From time to time, some of our gems forget how wonderful they are and try a little dirty trick.

    Now it's happened that I am standing in close proximity and can grab them as they are doing it and discipline them from the ground. They * seem * to understand what they are being disciplined for but I was curious of others opinions.

    This past week it was my daughter's pony who was feeling a little naughty and bolted enough to toss her but not enough to get away from me haha I grabbed him , turned him around sharply, made him think he was going to die for a few seconds and then got on him and rode him a few times around. He was then perfect. Now I know I didn't ride him enough to tire him but I do think that catching him in the act and him having immediate repercussions, helped.


    Pic of the culprit haha
    \"Don\'t go throwing effort after foolishness\" >>>Spur, Man From Snowy River

    My 4 yo got bronced off a 30 year old shetland having a lead line ride at the walk (and I was “pony club” holding the lead)

    was a sassy weekend.


      My sister's childhood pony had a patented squeal-buck-forehand spin he occasionally used to dump her near the start of cross-country at Pony Club rallies.

      He would finish the course alone and come tearing back to the stable area, at which point I would catch him, hop on, and have a "talk" with the little beast (I was older, heavier, and stickier).

      About 20 years later, he came back to retire with my parents and I thought it would be fun to hop on bareback for old time's sake...cue squeal-buck-spin.

      Turns out that, though even older and heavier, I had grown less sticky. Good times.

      Papa Smurf was a model pony who could jump the moon like 90% of the time, so being character-building the other 10 wasn't a deal breaker.


        Adorable naughty pony!

        When I was young I rode a Welsh pony whose go-to trick was to rub against the rail while being ridden. He was always able to make his rider regret riding him!
        "Dogs give and give and give. Cats are the gift that keeps on grifting." —Bradley Trevor Greive


          Yes...when my kids get grabby hands or yanking on my pony, he slows down, drops the shoulder and rolls them off. Trots to the gate or nearest adult. They never get hurt as he is very careful, but it is definitely deliberate. He also likes to make decisions for them and thinks he knows more than his rider. I ride him occasionally with no issues..he does prefer good riding little people, but puts up with my kids being occasional riders.

          I'd love to find him a good riding kid, since my oldest is to big and I'm too heavy for more than a quick little jaunt to make sure his buttons are still there in working order.
          "Anyone who tries to make brownies without butter should be arrested." Ina Garten


            Ponies seem to understand the concept of being 'busted!". I had one that was a master of a look that said, "Well, it was worth a try. No hard feelings!" when he was caught and corrected for being naughty. He always accepted being disciplined; never reacted badly and resumed the job-at-hand without problem. Until the next opportunity...
            No matter where you go, there you are


              My senior pony has a very...uh...healthy sense of self. Righteousness. And lots of ideas about what she should and should not have to do. One of her should nots is lunge line lessons. She will turn and look at the person manning the line and snarl basically. Curl her nostrils and glare, if looks could kill. The only way to make them work was to keep the circle small enough to actually tap her on the ass with the whip or she'd refuse to go faster than a walk.

              Her favorite trick was to truck the children around poles courses at the canter instead of the trot, especially when she first stepped into school pony life from show jumper pony life. She was quite certain you canter courses, not trot them, these children are INCORRECT, THANK YOU I WILL SHOW YOU HOW. Watching the assistant trainer chase her down was funnier than it should have been. No children were hurt lol.


                Our son's Shetland taught him to ride. He took some falls, but nothing hard from that height.

                She has had lots of kid riders. If they wanted to jump, she wouldn't; if they didn't want to jump, she would, lol! When our son got her from our niece, she was quite the little turd. I gave him tips, and he listens well, so he got her over a lot of bad habits. It is harder to get the kid to do it, but so much more satisfying to see the surprised, and slightly resentful, look in the pony's eyes when she's foiled. I swear she looked at me like, "Don't tell him THAT!"

                She is a gem, but they all have their pony moments. Now, she and I are partners trying to figure out this driving thing, and our son has gone on to a big, tall, goofy gelding.


                  My favorite school pony moment was watching a beloved, gold plated 25-year-old Welsh decide he wasn’t really into participating at one horse show. He had two sisters riding him in two sections of a walk-trot division, six classes in total. Four classes in a row, he would get to the far corner of the ring, somehow shake his bridle off, and walk back to the in gate with his child still attached.

                  That bridle was put on by competent adults and no one could figure out how he was doing it.

                  A different pony was drafted for the next class.
                  "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep." - Harry Dresden


                    Originally posted by Moonlitoaks View Post
                    I swear she looked at me like, "Don't tell him THAT!"
                    ROFL! Oh how I know that look!

                    No matter where you go, there you are


                      Originally posted by Renn/aissance View Post
                      My favorite school pony moment was watching a beloved, gold plated 25-year-old Welsh decide he wasn’t really into participating at one horse show. He had two sisters riding him in two sections of a walk-trot division, six classes in total. Four classes in a row, he would get to the far corner of the ring, somehow shake his bridle off, and walk back to the in gate with his child still attached.

                      That bridle was put on by competent adults and no one could figure out how he was doing it.

                      A different pony was drafted for the next class.
                      This is amazing. That is most the senior pony "we're done here" moment ever.


                        I'm loving the naughty pony stories. Please keep them coming! Most of my English lessons were on a naughty pony. Danny was a pretty chestnut and wicked smart. I lessoned at a small barn with a lady who mostly showed and did a few lessons on the side to supplement her income. She had her show horse who was rarely used in lessons, her gentle old bay mare Lady, and rotten but pretty pony. (You couldn't help but love him even when he was being a turrd. Pony charm.)

                        Danny only bolted if trainer got distracted. He was a dirty stopper, especially over rails. Soon as you were unbalanced, whatever side you were leaning on he'd dip that shoulder and splat you'd go. I ate so much arena dirt those years lol.

                        But he taught me a lot. I'm not a naturally athletic person (total opposite actually). Naughty pony antics made me the rider I am today. (I don't feel I'm a good rider at all but I can sit out some bucks and crowhops and bolts). I'm certainly not graceful, but my sticky seat has gotten me invites to ride some naughty critters. (Dumb luck played a part too cuz the better riders were all either not interested or busy).


                          I'm small so I've always been frequently recruited to climb aboard naughty ponies and see if I can make them less naughty.
                          One of my favorite moments was a little small pony mare whose favorite speed was stop. With a bigger kid, she could be sometimes be convinced to move but with little ones she just couldn't be bothered to do more than just stand there. So I get on her, no stirrups because I didn't want to mess with putting the tiny tot stirrups down (I was like 18 and very sure of my stickability). I manage to make her go, for one lap. Then she's done and stops. So I whacked her. She musters up all the energy she has in her tiny body, puts her head between her knees, and bucks. And of course I go right over her head, onto my ass. Pony proceeds to just look at me like, "I trotted...and now we're done forever goodbye." She was not having my nonsense.


                            I got two pony geldings in 2003 (along with a full size mare). One pony was 22, retired from a long showing career, and he was for me to drive. The other pony was in his teens or maybe 20, for my then ten year old daughter to ride. The mare was for my husband to ride. We had no history on my daughter's pony or my husband's horse, as they were both supposedly kill pen rescues.

                            My driving pony evidently had never been driven outside of an arena, and was terrified of everyday things like newspapers that had been delivered, and mailboxes. His go to was to bolt, so we had some interesting times. The other pony absolutely detested his job. He did everything possible to dump my poor kid (although he never succeeded--she had a very sticky seat). The two ponies hated each other, and it made for interesting times when my daughter and I would go out together, with her riding her pony, me driving mine.

                            My daughter ultimately lost interest in making her pony behave, and gave up riding. Around then, my driving pony was showing signs of needing to be retired sooner rather than later. So we decided to train my daughter's pony to drive.

                            Training went very quickly, and I suspected that this pony might have driven before. The first time I drove him off the property, he happily trotted along and occasionally looked back at me as if to say "THIS is what I'm meant for, you dumb human!"

                            He completely embraced driving, and we never allowed anyone on his back again. I drove him for years, until his cataracts got to the point that he was spooky. I retired him and he lived a life of luxury for another three years until he died a year ago at an advanced age.

                            I always said my daughter's former pony was smarter than most humans. I swear he had thumbs in his mouth, as he could untie any knot and would rearrange my grooming tools without me noticing. He was also really good at opening gates. He could undo the panic snap I used to secure him to a post while I groomed and harnessed, and then he would just stand there, the perfect gentleman, whether or not I noticed and reattached him. He had a sense of humor and played dirty tricks on the other pony.

                            I sure miss all of them. I was glad they all lived to pretty advanced ages, but it's never long enough.



                              We got a free 20 something large pony (possibly Morgan or Morgan cross) and we think he had been ridden western so my friend trained him for English walk trot lessons. He was so great that she started him jumping. We then found out he was more like 30 something.

                              Over the years, he taught many a kid and small adult. My son just wanted to ride on some trails so after a few quick lessons on how to stay on, he rode that pony on trails with me. He was just perfect as he kept his nose to my horse's tail and didn't deviate at all. However, put a good kid rider on him, and he sometimes decided to just call it quits and slowly canter back to the barn. Our riding ring was a large flat grass area behind my house and I remember vividly being at the kitchen window and seeing the pony and the little rider just slowly cantering past. The kid was pulling on the reins and yelling whoa the whole time in between laughing. He just went back to the barn and waited for the adults to catch up. He was priceless!

                              He lived until almost 50 (or more) . He had no more teeth; I let him have the run of the barn when the other horses were turned out and while I was cleaning stalls. He wandered in and out of the stalls checking all the buckets and then decided where he wanted to take a snooze. I kept giving him senior grain whenever he wanted....basically he was the king of the barn. I miss him still.


                                Originally posted by Indy View Post
                                So I whacked her. She musters up all the energy she has in her tiny body, puts her head between her knees, and bucks. And of course I go right over her head, onto my ass. Pony proceeds to just look at me like, "I trotted...and now we're done forever goodbye." She was not having my nonsense.
                                I am not small, but I got to ride a small once whose greatest joy in life was cantering down to the corner closest to the ring, dropping his inside shoulder, and basically pivoting on the inside foreleg. This was very effective in losing small children but my gosh, with no neck out in front of you, it was lethal for tall people, whom he could whiplash onto the ground in milliseconds.

                                Funny enough, he didn't make a school pony.
                                "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep." - Harry Dresden


                                  I had this really super nice ranch horse that was very short, pony sized.
                                  A rancher friend had a seven year old and wanted him for their kid.
                                  I warned them, let kid ride him, don't try to tune on him.
                                  He will buck off an adult doing something horse will feel is not fair.

                                  All was well, got pictures of little kid helping push cattle up the alley on horse, wide grin on kid.
                                  Later they told me, once last summer, kid was practicing roping out of the box.
                                  Mom decided horse was not stepping off fast enough.
                                  She got on horse and whipped him out of the box and promptly got bucked off!
                                  Kid was not happy, thought mom had hurt his horse and was crying, never mind worrying over mom.
                                  Kid would not let anyone ride his horse after that.


                                    I grew up with a family pony that my aunt bought at a cattle auction. He was a pinto hackney cross, about 13.2 and smarter than any horse I have met since. He was wonderful with beginners, balanced them like an egg on a spoon but suited his game to his rider as they became more skilled and confident. He also had a wicked spin with a dropped shoulder as well as an unsittable buck if he thought his rider was getting too cocky. He had a prehensile mouth and turned on every tap he could find, opened gates unless they were clipped and knew exactly how to pull off his bridle when you came off so you had no choice but to walk home.
                                    We taught him to drive and pull a cart in an afternoon (no, he had never been worked in harness before, we got him unbroken age 3), but he hated blinkers and refused to move off without his regular bridle on. Four kids in turn in our family learned to ride on him, do pony club, hunter paces, gymkhanas and played every sort of game horse crazy girls can make up. He could jump the moon when he wanted and would buck on command when we wanted to show off.
                                    He went on to several other families after we outgrew him and died age 32. RIP Danny


                                      This is my favorite thread so far this year!


                                        Originally posted by RainWeasley View Post
                                        This is my favorite thread so far this year!
                                        YES! Please continue! I never rode ponies as a kid and I have a 15 month old grandson and a granddaughter on the way in June so I want to know what to expect....the good, the bad, and the ugly.....