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How to teach a pony to travel alone

Discussion in 'Transport and Travelling' started by Native Lover, Dec 17, 2017.

  1. Native Lover

    Native Lover Native Pony Fan

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    All my ponies except Melody are happy to travel alone.... she pratts around working herself up when she 's in the box alone she is fine when travelling in company she just munches her hay.

    I want her to learn as I want to plan some days out this year some will be with Sophie and Savvy, & others will be visiting my new highland buddy at the coast etc but at other times she will be alone in the box. How do you get them used to travelling any ideas.

    My partner does drive safely and smooth to make it comfortable for her... HELP :D
     
  2. Jane&Ziggy

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    I don't know, because we don't travel, but I have always thought a little at a time. So load her alone, praise her, shut the door, give her a treat, unload her. Load her alone, praise her, give her something really nice like haylage in her net, drive her to the end of the road and bring her back, praise her. And so on. Just getting her used to it a little at a time.
     
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    have the trailer set up somewhere handy and walk her through it on her own as often as you can. Feed her in it. Put her in it for a haynet for a short spell. Lots and lots of repetition. Does she come into the stable and tie up on her own ok?
     
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  5. Jessey

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    You could also try putting a small stable mirror in there for her, so she doesn't feel so alone :) Mine all just got used to it the more we did it.
     
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    She will tie up outside the shelter, I don't have a stable she loads well just starts trying to rear after about 20 mins travelling :) I am planning getting a lorry cam so we can watch her better to see what is happening.. I will do short journeys :) and see how she gets on.
     
  7. Native Lover

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    I will try this idea...... it might work.
     
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  8. Jessey

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    Video baby monitors work and are a lot cheaper ;)
     
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    Native Lover Native Pony Fan

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    You are always full of brill ideas Jessey :D
     
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    You can get battery ones that are wireless too so no install costs :)
     
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    Native Lover Native Pony Fan

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    I am off to ebay to look lol :)
     
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  12. CharliesAngel

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    i would feed her in the trailer then and leave her in there with a haynet for more than 20 mins and see what happens ;)
     
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