Trail Report/Training Neville – Old Mans Run

July 5, 2020

I was off Friday for Independence Day (July 3) and decided to shoot out early and take both ponies on a ride. This would be Neville’s first ponying trail ride so I picked a quiet location that had easy footing and no people.

Usually I tack up before heading to a near by location but I choose to tack at the location so Neville would have the experience of standing and waiting, which he did well.

Once tacked I climbed on Simon and grabbed Neville’s lead and off we went. He looked around a bit and did quite a bit of licking and chewing but was completely ok with everything and trusting.

The creek crossing was mostly dried out but we stopped for a drink and for daisy to cool off.

When we were passing the side trail that passes under the power lines We took the side trail and rode out under them. They are loud and sort of spooky. Neville didn’t care.

We got in some trotting but mostly walked. After the initial trot Neville got the hang of it and we moved out at a good working trot. I kept the trot sessions short but we did quite a few.

We ended up going further than I planned but Neville handled it well and seemed to enjoy the adventure. The bugs were getting worse by the time we got back to the trailer and all of us were ready to call it a day.

I am looking forward to getting Neville out on some more rides and build some muscle on him.

Training Neville – Jenny Does Ground Work

June 25, 2020

I have had neville for about two weeks. I have done some leading and simple desensitization with him with complete success. I want to start doing more routine ground work and I wanted some help getting started. So last weekend I took Neville over to my friend Jenny’s house. She is a master at ground work.

She started off with the whipping, then the lunging, onto backing, turning, etc. I have included a little video at the bottom that starts off right from the beginning of Jenny working with him. (And then I mostly videoed the ground – on accident)

Neville – June 2020

June 30, 1020

Just a few snaps from the month of Neville’s progress.

June 15, 2020 before the mane clean up
June 15, 2020 after the mane clean up

I even cleaned his forelock up some.

We have been doing ground work. And we even added in some ponying from Simon.

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