Riding/Horses

Little Nashers

It took a couple of weeks for the dust to settle back down on the herd dynamics. Nash still isn’t quite fully in the mix of things, but Gem has stopped being a total witch to him and is letting him graze near them now. I was shocked at her response to him. She has never once shown any proclivity towards being alpha, but then again she never had a dog sized equine to boss around either. For his part, Nash is in love with them and whinnies in his tiny voice when he is the last man standing in the pasture which is every night because pony needs to learn to not rush the gate.

Who me?

Speaking of manners. Nashville has been getting some lessons on ground work. He isn’t bad by any means, but I have gotten spoiled with having the Dynamic Duo for eight years now. They know exactly what is expected of them and what lines they can’t cross. Nash needs to figure out what I’m willing to tolerate and what I’m not and I keep reminding myself that it will take time. Stopping while being led is one thing that drives me crazy. I’ll let you know when you may graze. Otherwise keep up! I’ve been doing a lot of simple things while leading him in and out of the barn such as halting randomly, backing him up, turning various body parts away from me. He picked it up quickly and is very easy to lead now.

Tiny kissable nose 

He has been really great with Wyatt so far. He can lead him (though it hasn’t crossed over as well that he has to listen to him too), groom him, and dismount all on his own. Mounting isn’t happening yet and I’m cool with that for now.

I have failed at getting a complete tack set situated so it’s been lead line bareback rides so far which Wyatt has excelled at. It may not sound like a big deal, but Wyatt was always too scared to do it on Gem and now he hops on up and asks to go over ground poles and jumps and all over creation. He laughs when he starts to lose balance and in general is learning a lot about balance and self control. All great skills for a 5 year old to learn.

I’ve managed to grab a really nice 14″ jump saddle which is seriously one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. It fits Wyatt well with a bit of room for growth too. It was used, local and a great price. I then snagged a used pony bridle off the Tack Hunter app and we are almost all set. The bit and girth are making their way to my house as we speak and were the only new items I purchased. I love used tack!

No clue what brand the saddle is but it is in perfect condition with beautiful leather. 

I’m a bit nervous about how he will be under saddle and am hoping I didn’t make a big mistake and buy some psycho crazed pony that will scare the crap out of Wyatt. I plan to use my own saddle on him once the bit and girth arrive and put a few rides on him myself to assess his brain and bad habits. I was told he is lazy but honestly I haven’t seen that at all. We will see what happens hopefully this weekend if it comes in time!

Don’t listen to a word she says. 

In the meantime I’ve been working Nash after my Gem rides. One thing I’m a bit pissed off being lied to about is lunging (another reason I’m worried about how he will be under saddle since the seller lied about this although I have plenty of videos of him being ridden by small children so maybe it will be ok?). Wyatt takes lunge line lessons so my first question to every prospective seller was about lunging. I was told he was good.

Yeah that’s a big nope.

The first time I tried he seemed either very confused or just very good at playing the game to get out of work. He would turn and face me every time I asked him to move on and if I moved my own body he would just shift to face me again. Hmmm…

I grabbed my dressage whip and got to work getting him to understand that I mean walk when I say walk and that turning to face me was not the answer I wanted. He got a bit pissy about it, but after 20 minutes or so he was walking on going left. Rinse and repeat going right. By the end of 45 minutes he was walking on when asked and only stopping to face me when I said halt.

The walking on was in a straight line only. Boy doesn’t bend at all. Worse than Gemmie by a hundred fold.

That was Sunday. On Wednesday I pulled him back out after riding Gem and was curious to find out if he remembered what I taught him and where we would begin. Turns out he is a quick study as he walked on right away on the first ask. I still couldn’t get him to bend or move out on the circle but at least he was moving every time I asked and even offered up a few trot steps. I’m going to have to do a lot more reading on teaching how to lunge as my knowledge is pretty limited. Thankfully he seems to eat up praise and is learning fast.

So that is where we currently stand with him. Wyatt still asks to ride often and seems to be enjoying him a lot and I’m learning what it is like to have a new to me horse all over again. It’s been interesting so far and has shown me how much I rely on Gem knowing what I mean and how life works with us. It has made me really appreciate her a lot more!

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24 thoughts on “Little Nashers”

  1. omg what a sweet, devilish little expression he has ❤ i'm not super surprised he's challenging the societal norms on what's expected of good little ponies, honestly. hopefully tho he uses his pony wits for good and not evil, and continues to be a quick study! it's great that you've been able to focus so much energy on him so far!

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    1. I’m sure he is plotting world domination. It’s been a nice balance to work Gem then grab him for a bit and I hope I can continue that schedule. He is stout enough that he should be able to carry me for short w/t/c rides without an issue

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  2. most people have no clue that chasing a pony around a round pen is not actually called LUNGING (ASK me how i know!) UGH. the good news is he seems to have a good and not evil head on his shoulders and pretty soon Wyatt and he will be conquering it all together.

    Have fun riding him. He may make you appreciate Gem so MUCH more 🙂 HA HAHA(Evil laugh no not me 🙂

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  3. Omg his cute little kissable face!!!!! I die of happiness every time I see a picture of little Nash 😁😁😁

    And don’t be to worried about the longeing … he’s a pony so he’s probably testing you… and he sounds like he’s been good to Wyatt so far… so hopefully that’ll continue otherwise Nash can come live with me so I can kiss his nose every day and squeeze his brains out with a million hugs a day!!!! Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

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  4. He is adorable but the mis-information (deliberate or not) definitely is frustrating. A lot of people don’t lunge properly so they most likely meant he gets stuck in a round pen and they crack the whip and chase him around. Which only ever makes the horse want to run away from you but that’s how most people do it.

    He seems like he is a quick study so he should probably pick it up after a few attempts.

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      1. That is a really good quality for a kids pony I think. Then again, he might start to outsmart Wyatt. I know the pony I learned to ride on did that.

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  5. I totally don’t believe you that he’s EVER done anything naughty. Look at that face! Oh wait….nevermind. Totally believe you. The cute ones are usually the worst.

    Sorry Nash!

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