Crafty Ponies! How to lead, groom & tack up! www.craftyponies.co.uk


This lesson is all about how to approach your
pony. we must approach a pony safely if we startle him he may kick or run away. Always
talk to your pony so that he knows where you are. Approach you pony from the front and towards
his shoulder, put the lead rope around his neck and lift the noseband of the head collar
over your pony’s nose. Flick the headpiece over his head and fasten the buckle. Your
pony can now be led out of the field. Hello Crafty Ponies!. Approach you pony from
the front and towards his shoulder, put the lead rope around his neck and lift the noseband
of the head collar over your Crafty pony’s nose, just like a real pony. Flick the headpiece
over his head and fasten the buckle just like you would on a real pony, your pony can now
be led out of your field! Walk on! If your pony has his bottom towards the door
do not pat it you may startle and upset him, instead talk to him and call his name so he
will come towards you. ‘Brandy, hello boy. This lesson is all about how to tie up your
pony, to tie up ponies we use a quick release knot. A quick release knot holds a pony securely
but can be undone quickly and easily in case of an emergency. Put the rope through the ring, make a circle
around the pony’s rope, make a loop and put that through the circle, pull the knot firm,
slide the knot up the rope towards the ring. To release the pony, pull down firmly on the
loose end of the rope. To tie up your Crafty Ponies, put the rope
through the ring, make a circle around your pony’s rope, make a loop, put that through
the circle, pull the knot firm and then slide the knot up the rope towards the ring. To untie the quick release knot pull on the
loose end of the rope, your pony is now free. this lesson is about grooming, cleaning your
pony is called grooming. We groom our pony before we put on the saddle and bridle to
get rid of any dirt that may rub or irritate your pony. We pick out his feet to make sure
there are no stones that may hurt him. Here is a dandy brush, it has long stiff bristles
and is used to brush our horse’s body. Here is a body brush, it has short soft bristles
and we use it on his mane, tail and face. Here is a hoof pick, we use the pointed end
of the hoof pick for picking and cleaning his feet, and we use the bristle part of the
hoof pick for brushing his feet clean. To groom your pony start at his neck on the
near side, brush firmly, work your way along his body, under his tummy and to his hindquarters.
Where the hair grows in funny directions follow the line of the hair. On the off side of the
pony start by his neck working your way along his body, down his legs, if your pony is a
bit ticklish or he has been clipped, you may have to use a body brush as the dandy brush
is quite a firm brush. Groom his face using the body brush, careful round his eyes but
still brushing firmly. Brush his mane with a body brush. We use the body brush on his
mane and his tail so that it does not break the hair then the hair can be nice and long.
At his tail brush little pieces at a time, brush a little piece shake a bit more and
brush a little piece. Now we are going to pick out his feet, pat his neck run your hand
down his leg, pick up his foot and hold the foot near the toe. Use the pointy end of the
hoof pick starting at the back of the feet work towards the front following the line
of the frog. Brush it clean with the brush part of the hoof pick, put his foot down gently,
that’s it and work your way to his hind legs, stroke along his body pick up his foot and
again holding near his toe with your left hand working your way from the back of his
foot towards the front of his foot and brushing it clean. Then move around to the other side
of the pony, the off side of the pony patting him as you go, keeping your hand on the pony
then he knows where you are. Run your right hand down the front of his leg, pick his leg
up and again working from the back of the foot towards the front pick out all the dirt
and stones that might be in there, and then brush it clean. Put it down gently stroke
along his body, stroke down his hind leg, pick up his hind leg and holding his foot
near the toe with your right hand work your way from the back of the foot towards the
front with the pointy end of the hoof pick, when you have got out any stones and mud then
use the brush end of the hoof pick to brush it nice and clean. Put the foot down gently
on the floor. Now with your Crafty Pony you can groom him
just the same, so take the dandy brush start from his neck down his legs and along his
body, just the same as with a real pony, and remember when the hair grows in a funny pattern
like that follow the line of the hair. That’s a lovely job, he’s going to be lovely and
clean. Now take the body brush and brush his forelock, that’s the hair that is in front
of his face, and his mane and you can brush his face gently round his eyes and you can
brush his tail just the same way letting a little bit of the hair down and brush a little
pieces at a time. Now pick his front foot up just the same, ask your friend to hold
your pony while you pick his leg up, use a little hoof pick to clean his foot, stroke
along his body, pick his back foot up and working from the back of the foot towards
the front following the frog clean out his foot. Now your pony is ready for a ride. This lesson is about how to put a saddle on,
we need to put a saddle on correctly so that our pony is comfortable and the saddle is
secure. To put on your pony’s saddle first of all we are going to start with the numnah,
brush your numnah clean underneath so there is no little bits of dirt or stone that might
irritate your pony. Put your numnah carefully on your pony’s back then go and collect your
saddle. Lift your saddle onto your pony’s back placing it over the numnah, pull the
numnah up into the saddle so that the numnah does not press onto your pony’s back. Go to
the off side of the pony and lower the girth lift up the saddle flap and just check that
both of the girth buckles are fastened, Bring the girth slightly forward so that it is just
behind his front leg and keeping your hand on the pony go around the other side of the
pony, lift the girth under his tummy, lift up the saddle flap and fasten both buckles.
Some saddles have got three girth straps the central one can be used as a spare so fasten
the girth on the front and the last strap. With your Crafty Pony it is just the same,
make sure that your numnah is clean and put your numnah on your pony’s back. Lovely, get
your saddle, lift the saddle onto the pony’s back on top of the numnah and make sure it
is nice and straight, that’s nice. Lower the girth, go around the other side of the pony,
make sure the buckles are fastened just like on your real pony and lift the girth under
his belly, lift up the saddle flap and fasten the girth buckles onto the girth straps. That’s
a lovely job, it’s just like a real saddle, this just how you put a saddle on a real pony.
Put the saddle flap down and your pony is ready to have his bridle put on. this lesson
is about how to put a bridle on, bridles can be tricky to put on at first but with practice
gets a lot easier. Let’s put our pony’s bridle on, approach your pony from the front, hold
his head collar and put the reins over his head. Now you can unclip the lead rope, still
holding the head collar unfasten it and then put your right hand round your pony’s nose
so he cant walk off. Put your bridle in your right hand and with your left hand introduce
the bit into his mouth, put the off side ear forward and then bring the bridle back over
his near side ear. Arrange his forelock so that it is not all tangled up in his bridle.
Fasten his noseband making sure that the noseband is inside the cheekpieces, when you fasten
the noseband it should be firm but not tight. The throat lash should be quite slack, on
a real pony you put four fingers between the throatlash and his cheek. And just check that
the noseband is inside the cheekpieces on both sides of your pony’s face, like that.
Now you can take the reins over his head and you are ready to lead him away. Hold just
behind your pony’s head with your right hand and hold the loose end of the reins with the
left hand. to put the bridle on Crafty Pony is just like a real horse! Put the reins over
his head first, put them on his neck then unclip his lead rope, unfasten his headcollar
at the buckle
and hold his nose because we don’t want him running off! Then put his bridle on, putting
the bit into his mouth and then lifting the bridle up and over his ears, you could sort
out the forelock when you are putting the bridle on and then it does not get tangled
up. Now your Crafty Pony is not as sensitive as a real pony and so you can actually pull
your bridle a little bit to get it on, with a real pony, a real pony’s e very sensitive
and we have to be very careful when putting a real pony’s bridle on. with Crafty Pony,
just like a real pony, put the noseband inside the cheekpieces, fasten the noseband firm
but not tight and fasten his throat lash. take the reins over his head and off you go
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