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CHERRY HILL'S HORSEKEEPING NEWSLETTER

November 2002

Making, Not Breaking
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Ponying

This newsletter is a personal letter from me to you,
a fellow horse owner and enthusiast.
My goal is to answer some of your questions and send you interesting stories and helpful tips for your
horse care, training, and riding.

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Sherlock Update

Ask Cherry

Ponying

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Sherlock Update

Sherlock is 30 months old; 15.2 hands tall and weighs 1050 pounds.

I've received a number of letters asking, "What about Sherlock??!!"

If you are new to SHERLOCK'S PAGE, it is a text and photo chronicle of the training and management of one of my horses from birth. You can read about early handling, leading, tying, health care, hoof care, yearling conformation, gelding, wolf teeth, and now, Ponying.

Go to the Horse Information Roundup and to the section titled TRAINING SEQUENCE: SHERLOCK'S PAGE. The latest addition to SHERLOCK'S PAGE is his first ponying lesson.


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Ask-Cherry

Dear Cherry,
After longeing my horse, she is more tense than before longeing her. She seems to hate doing the longeing. Can I just ride her to exercise her? Or is there an alternative to longeing?
Thank you, Patricia

Dear Cherry,
A friend of mine is renting from a couple who have horses. Their brood mare foaled ten months ago but the couple has taken no real time to handle the colt. My friend would like to help out by working with the colt to tame him and get him used to handling. Where should she begin? Most books only address handling from birth. And it is much too late for some of those suggestions! Please HELP before it's an impossible task!
Marcia

Dear Cherry,
I recently bought a yearling quarter horse mare. My father has broken many horses before but I would like to know what you think is the best way to start her. She is halter broke and has had a saddle on. What do you think?
Megan

Dear Patricia, Marcia, and Megan,
Ponying could be an answer to each of your questions however you need to be an experienced rider and have a solid pony horse. To see if ponying is for you, visit Sherlock's page (see above) and read the following article.

Cherry Hill


Ponying

Are you looking for an exercise alternative for your young horses? Do you need a safe way to recondition a previously ill or injured horse? Are you often a one-woman show with more horses to work than time permits? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then perhaps you should look into ponying, leading one horse from the back of the one that you are riding. It benefits the mental and physical development of the young horse especially.

Ponying a young horse on the surface he is to be worked on as an adult is an excellent way to provide safe and varied exercise as well as to condition bones, joints, and tendons. As an alternative to the concentrated stress of a treadmill, the harmful canting that results from longeing, or the boredom associated with a hot walker, ponying can furnish the young horse with a more natural type of exercise.

To read the rest of the Ponying article, go here: ponying.

For more information and photos related to Ponying, see:

Making Not Breaking, pages 119-120, Ponying for the first ride.

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That's it for this month. Keep your mind in the middle and a leg on each side.

Cherry Hill

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