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Ponies

 

Horses are so incredible.  They have a sensitivity and intelligence that they're not often credited for.  Most commonly American Quarter Horses, these roping ponies are trained well - but it's their intuition that makes them really good at what they do.  Before the steer is released, the cowboy (or cowgirl) backs the horse against a horizontal pole.  The horses anticipate the release of the steer and dance a little in the box building up energy to bolt the moment they're told to.  Their ears are almost constantly turned toward their rider as they run down the arena- listening for cues...  although the riders hardly need to give commands.  The horses know.  The header horse will instinctively turn left when he feels the rope pull taut on the saddle horn.  The heeler horse will follow the steer and will stop short, and gently dance backward once the hind legs are caught.

 

 

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Ponies

 

Horses are so incredible.  They have a sensitivity and intelligence that they're not often credited for.  Most commonly American Quarter Horses, these roping ponies are trained well - but it's their intuition that makes them really good at what they do.  Before the steer is released, the cowboy (or cowgirl) backs the horse against a horizontal pole.  The horses anticipate the release of the steer and dance a little in the box building up energy to bolt the moment they're told to.  Their ears are almost constantly turned toward their rider as they run down the arena- listening for cues...  although the riders hardly need to give commands.  The horses know.  The header horse will instinctively turn left when he feels the rope pull taut on the saddle horn.  The heeler horse will follow the steer and will stop short, and gently dance backward once the hind legs are caught.

 

 

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comments (19)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Jun 2014, 00:38
Very nice post, Elizabeth.

I suspect the horses and steers have a bit of a chat before hand and choreograph their performance
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'd not thought of that.... you may be on to something...
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Jun 2014, 06:55
Amazing isn't it
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: 'tis, 'tis!
The way that animals and man can work like this is amazing. It is like guide dogs or sheep dogs and so many others. Great series E.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: So true, Bill.
Very glad you're enjoying it!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Jun 2014, 08:11
This is fascinating to read. I like the idea of the horizontal rope; now just imagine if this was replaced with a catapult smile Some animals are more intelligent than we think; such a s as the penguins who will walk for hundreds of miles across the ice to get to their breeding grounds. Some breeds of sheep are hefted; they will know their part of the mountain and don't require fences to keep them there. They will teach their lambs, too.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: What an imagination you have!!!
So true about animals. We're finding out all the time how much they know! Cool, huh?!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Jun 2014, 08:39
A nice collage - I have been enjoying seeing the quarter horses as much as the action.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks very much Mike! I love the horses, too!
A good series Ellie ,can't wait to see Frank on one of these horses.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Michael!! Well... I'll do my best! smile
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 26 Jun 2014, 08:58
You have captured the essence of this series E.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Chad! Then I'm pleased!
  • elleplate
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Jun 2014, 09:10
This is a lovely collage elaizabeth, but the B&W of the horses eye steals the show smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Sarah! I do love that one too!
Quite an amazing collage Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Richard - I'm glad you think so!
And the finale in a great collage
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Glad you like it, Chantal, thank you!
Great collage, Elizabeth, some nice detail in there.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very kindly!
Wonderful set of images in this collage Elizabeth. To me this would be a much more entertaining thing to watch than the rodeo thing where people try to ride cows etc., we get that on our T.V.sometimes, usually they stay on for about 5% of the time it took to get them all set to ride!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Brian! My favorite rodeo event is barrel racing. The bull riders are an interesting lot. Takes some incredible bravery, nerves of steel, no concern about broken bones or pain... all to try for that 8 seconds!
A brilliant series Elizabeth. You have captured it all very nicely. Great action shots and details
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much Janet!
  • Shane
  • England
  • 26 Jun 2014, 16:05
An amazing collection of photos Elizabeth .....great work smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Shane!
  • Shane
  • England
  • 26 Jun 2014, 16:05
An amazing collection of photos Elizabeth .....great work smile
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Jun 2014, 19:53
A great collage of pictures, it must be fantastic watching it live
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Anne! It is good fun!
It's all in the training!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: A lot of it... and these horses are very well trained. But like dogs - certain breeds excel at certain things. And this particular group of horses have this bred into them!
Really like how you've composed this collage, Elizabeth. We can get such a good sense of what these incredible horses can do by just looking at these wonderful images.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much Beverly! I just liked the "feet" and the dust!
  • Robbyne
  • United States
  • 28 Jun 2014, 01:58
Love your pony collage, it captures the power of them quit well....
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Robbyne! I love their powerful legs!

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