Preparation for right-hand dally: Thumb up; Push coils and reins up the neck; Think of going around the horn in a "Z" pattern
When dallying, don't look at the horn!
Right-hand dally: Go to right ear first, towards left hip, back in front towards right ear...pattern
As always, be extermly careful when working another horse from a top your horse, to not get the halter close to the saddle horn!
Almost finished with the second wrap, and I should NOT be looking at the horn!!!!
Finshed up: Lock the lead rope down on your thigh, keeping the thumb up.
Dallies should pop straight up, and again, don't look at the horn!
Preparation for a turn on center to a turn on the haunch
Now I am directing the white horse's nose towards the brown tail. Watch the step under of the inside hind, and the reach across the the outside front foot.
Beginning to drawn the eye of the white horse forward to change from being on his right, to being on his left.
Keep the forward motion in the brown horse. Here you can see the white horse has stepped under with his right hind, lightened his right front foot, and is about the reach across with the left fore foot.
Chance, the white horse, is following the feel and just about to let me into his left eye, on the outside of the bend.
We have changed eyes, and are now flowing around the outside of Chance. Keep the motion going in the outside horse, and ask the inside horse to accomplish a turn on the haunch.
Chance, the white horse, is about to pivot on his left hind, and has the right front foot light and moving to the right...into the bend in a half-pass posture or shape.
Preparing to change directions and lead rope when ponying:
Get a good forward flow. Ride ahead of the white horse, and feed slack, making your lead rope quite long. Lift up the arm that was close to the white horse, and prepare to turn away from the arm that is lifted.
Turn underneath the lead rope, keeping an eye on the white horse.
Keep forward motion in the brown horse, coming back towards the white horse's tail. Note the lead rope will natually drape over the new arm that will lead the white horse.
Take your time to re-group, and have your coils, tail of the lead rope, and reins all in the correct postion.
Here I am beginning to re-coil my lead rope. Remember...if the livestock is to your left, the tail of the lead rope goes towards the brown horse's ears. If they are to the right, the tail goes towards your belly button.
Ready to direct the white horse on another turn on center.
Here I have lead the white horse through, changed to the outside eye, and ready to push the front end over for a turn on the haunch.
Stepping the front end over. Note both horses are in the same bend, to the left, and I am using the lead rope as if it were a neck rein.
Preparing to coil: If the horse you are ponying is to your LEFT...The tail of the lead rope goes towards your horse's ears. If they are to the RIGHT...The tail of the lead goes towards your belly.
Coil neatly into your rein hand, with all the reins carried in that hand as well.
One more time...Pony on the LEFT = To my horse's ears; Pony on the RIGHT = Lead rope tail to my belly.