Monday Horsemanship Tradition With Franklin Levinson

Today Franklin helps a reader with a challenge that I believe many of us have faced at some point. Thank you Franklin for sharing your wisdom with us :)


PS. If you’re interested to learn more about Franklins philosophy, please visit WayOfTheHorse.



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My daughter has been doing fantastic with her new mare. Rides daily in her ring, sets up obstacles, introduced barrels, holds mini shows as her friends ride her horse… lots of fun. I now let her ride around our yard, down into her pops and to the end of our driveway to let the traffic pass. She has a friend who would like to meet up with her her and they go out on a trail ride so I have been introducing non structured rides and seeing great results with no traffic issues. However, yesterday we went up along the road and had to pass by a newly fenced yard housing 3 new horses. Well she pranced and side stepped neighed loudly continuously. My daughter (12yrs) stayed on but she fought the bit so hard that I grabbed a hold to keep her from crossing road/traffic etc. I made her walk by and she misbehaved the whole way just wanting to turn around. SO, on the way back my daughter got off and I walked her bywith great strength I may say. Not sure how to task this one correctly?? If we go out the road there are 2 newfoundland ponies she will have to pass so we need to get this straightened out! She came from being by herself but the lady said she was boarded with another horse previously and when taken away was quite upset. I don’t believe Beauty was being aggressive but just excited. We are planning on getting another horse by next spring as a companion and so I can ride with my daughter but for now I would like her to trail ride with a friend. Please advise….
Try contacting the other pony’s owner. Explain the situation and ask if you can, to introduce the horses in a controlled way, in hand (or at least have your pony in hand) over a fence. Asking the other owner is a good and thoughtful way to go. Perhaps there may be a way to put them together on a daily bases for a some days to allow them to get to know each other, over a fence. Also when you get the next horse allow a period of adjustment where the two horses can meet and greet over a fence for a week or two. Either way, do this in a controlled and thoughtful way. Play it safe and understand horses need a bit of time to get used to new horses in their area. Lead your pony on the ground for a few times to be near the neighbor’s horses, I do not suggest your daughter riding near these new horses for a week or two….Play it safePerhaps have your daughter’s friend bring her horse to meet the new horses as wellPlease do keep me postedI am happy to respond to questions, but please email them to

Jake – 3 Year Old Quarter Horse

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Jake is a 3 years old chestnut gelding, he has good ground manners, have been worked in the round pen, used to saddle and bridle, he is being ponied on trails regularly, he is a very sweet and extremely responsive guy, registered with AQHA. Not started under saddle. This is an athletic guy, suitable for a serious rider that are looking for a partner with speed. Have the potential to go in any direction.

Located at Rickey Quarter Horses, in Red Bluff. We can help arrange transportation, if needed. Asking $3,000 as of now, the price goes up with training.

Email me at, for more information, or to set up a meeting with Jake.



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