I wrote earlier this week about how Peanut was refusing to walk at the Renn Fest. Well, not necessarily refusing to walk at all, just being obnoxiously slow and testing the crap out of the inexperienced pony walkers.
Remember, These Pony Walkers Are Renn Employees Not Horsey Kids
The Renn fest hires kids for all their different vendors each year. Some of which get sent down to the pony pen. If we are lucky we get a couple who are repeats from years prior. Ya never know though, it’s just the luck of the draw.
A lot of the time, even the timidest and unsure kids are great pony walkers by the end of the season.
20 % Pony, 80 % Walkers
According to my brother who is working at Renn with my Dad this year, he says the pony is only a small part of the problem. It’s more the kids being inexperienced and not knowing what they are doing. My brother spends the majority of his life trying to convince everyone he doesn’t know anything about horses(not true at all) so when he said that I took it seriously!
Ricky said the kids were walking the ponies like they were taking a dog for a walk. No wonder Peanut wasn’t behaving. Why would he if he felt like the person on the end of the line wasn’t making him?
I Can’t Stand My Horses Getting Away With Bad Behavior
Whether it is pony ride ponies or lesson horses, nothing gets to me more than seeing my horses get away with bad behavior. They all know their jobs and what is expected of them, so there is no excuse for them to misbehave.
It makes me even more crazy that since the accident I can’t just jump in and whip him into shape myself.
Me going to Renn Fest isn’t exactly an option. I would have a hell of a time getting through the crowds and uneven terrain with my walker. Not to mention the loud noises and over-stimulation factor that flares up my TBI symptoms. I had to come up with a solution to this problem without being able to be there in person. Luckily, I came up with what I thought was a great idea!
Ricky said the kids had no clue how to lead a horse, basically no clue how to handle them at all. Not that you could expect them too since they are all new to horses. Long story short, they need help to learn.
On the first weekend of the festival, they are basically given a crash course on how to lead a pony. Basically, it has to be a learn as you go kind of thing. Which is tough with horses.
My brother knows how to handle it when the ponies misbehave. He just doesn’t have the sort of personality to be able to teach someone else how to do it. In previous years when I was there, I went into riding instructor mode when I saw the horses misbehaving and we’d take care of it real quick. That’s not going to happen if I’m not there.
Friday Night Video Shoot
On Friday night after her lesson, Christina and I grabbed Peanut out and made an instructional video ” How To Walk A Horse/Make Peanut Listen”. We emphasized the proper handling of horses in general as well as how to outsmart Peanut and keep him working as he should.
There Are A Lot Of People Who Wish Their Horse Came With An Instructional Video!
I for some reason had it in my mind that this was a great idea. That they would watch it, absorb it and become extraordinary pony walkers in the blink of an eye.
Christina and I waited anxiously Saturday to hear if our instructional video had the desired effect.
They all saw the video, but it didn’t have the effect I had hoped it would. They need me down there and ready to flick my switch into riding instructor/horse trainer mode and correcting things before the ponies get away with being brats.
Since that isn’t possible my Dad and Ricky are doing their best to keep fat Peanut moving.
Tiny and Penny are rock stars at Renn Fest. If need be, though they shouldn’t have to, they can carry the majority of the work with Peanut being used as a breaker for the other two.
Obviously, we would prefer ( as well as Tiny and Penny I’m sure) that Peanut step it up and do his fair share. It’s not like we are asking him to do anything difficult or that he doesn’t know how to do. Peanut evidently doesn’t agree.
Week 3 of 8
This is week 3 of the 8 weekends of the festival. Here’s to hoping that with time and practice( the kids get tons of practice, they literally walk non-stop some days) they will become more self-confident and Peanut will realize he can’t get away with his lazy bum shenanigans anymore.
In the meantime, if anyone needs a good instructional video on how to walk a horse, I have got one!
5 More Weekends To Go!
I will let you know how he does as the season progresses. Tiny and Penny are down their busting their butts, Peanut needs to step it up and do his fair share!