I enjoy having Ghost Rider Janis and her horse Duster come along while I'm riding clients horses and working on various issues. However sometimes I can't believe some of the things I see Janis try to do with Duster. Thank Heaven Duster is a good old boy and does seem to take it all in stride. For example: the time Janis wanted to pony another horse to exercise both Duster and the other horse at the same time. We were riding over a sagebrush flat enjoying the day and of course talking when all of a sudden Duster clamped his tail and got pretty worried that something had grabbed him from behind. That's when I realized that Janis hadn't prepared Duster for the experience of getting a rope under his tail by getting him used to a crupper. It was too late now to prepare for anything but the worst, however dear old Duster didn't freak out. He soon began to calm down and as he relaxed, he started to unclamp his tail, the lead rope fell out and all was OK again.
Janis was so surprised that ponying a horse could be dangerous. I explained to her that these kinds of things can happen and she needed to think ahead. It never occurred to her that she might be a wreck about to happen. She asked me to come over when I had some extra time and show her how to prepare a horse for ponying another horse. I said "sure" and we started talking about setting up a time and day to work on that.