Overview of Ponyplay Training


Introduction: Ponyboy & Ponygirl Training

One of the best parts of ponyplay is the time spent training your ponyboy or ponygirl. But what do you teach your pony? The obvious answer is, well, whatever you want of course. While true, this answer is probably not especially helpful. However, there are quite a few things that nearly every pony should be taught regardless of what type of ponyplay you will engage in.

As rough guideline to help you train your ponyboy or ponygirl, I have separated these general pony play training topics into three sections: basic training, intermediate training, and advanced training.

Below I have listed first these sections on ponyplay training that are generally applicable along with a brief descrption of the topics therein - you can think of this page as a table of contents for training topics. Moreover, since ponyplay training mirrors or is adapted from bio-equine training, you can also check out the myriad resources available on the web for training horses.

At some point, you will want to train your pony in the specifics of his discipline (e.g. pulling a cart if you have a cart pony). Thus, you will want to decide what area(s) of ponyplay is/are most interesting to you and your pony. Of course, a ponyboy or ponygirl is not limited to any one category (i.e. a pony can be both a riding pony and a show pony), so pick any area that's interesting to start. You can always try a different type of pony play later on.

General ponyplay training is beneficial for two main reasons: first, more specific training will build upon these general concepts and thus will implicitly assume you and your pony are familiar with the basics. Second, teaching your pony the basics will allow you and your pony to determine what aspects of ponyplay you find most appealing, which is useful in guiding your decision of what type of pony you want (to be).

Please do consider safety when engaging in ponyplay.

Currently, I have three sections on general training for your pony. Each section progressively covers more advanced (but still non-specific) ponyplay training topics. Finally, near the bottom of this page I have listed more discipline specific training topics.

Additionally, I've tried to explain in greater depth any given topic for the interested reader. So, here are my sections on pony training and the topics they contain (it may be easier to start from the basic, intermediate, or advanced page and go to specific topics if you are interested):

  1. Basic Ponyplay Training
    1. Leading
    2. Tying
    3. Cross Tie
    4. Grooming
    5. Trailering
  2. Intermediate Ponyplay Training
    1. Rein Aids
    2. Leg Aids
    3. Gaits
    4. Longeing
  3. Advanced Ponyplay Training
    1. Leg Yield
    2. Driving
  4. Training Devices & Exercises
    1. Ground Poles
    2. Cavaletti
    3. Hotwalker

If you're new to pony play, it's a good idea to start slowly. Ponyplay harnesses are heavy, hot and constricting. Blinders radically reduce a pony's vision, hoof boots are difficult to walk in, and having one's arms restrained drastically compromises a pony's ability to balance.

Once you feel your pony has learned the basics, or if you just want to try new things (remember ponyplay is about what is fun & safe, not sticking to rigid structure (unless this is fun to you of course)!), it may be appropriate to diverge into more specialized training. Anyway, your pony is likely now comfortable working with a bit in his mouth (and restrained arms if you have a two legged pony and you want the arms restrained), so let's try out some other stuff:

  1. Dressage Training
    1. Tempi
    2. Passage
    3. Piaffe
    4. Pirouette
    5. Half Pass
    6. Side Pass (Full Pass)
  2. Jump Training
  3. Eventing (Combined Training)
  4. Race Training
  5. Team Carting