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post #1 of 22 Old 05-08-2013, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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my pony just won't go...

I'm not going to give 10 paragraphs on our back story but basically, when I'm riding my pony naps. A lot. She's better on a hack, but not completly unless we go to a place where she can gallop along a field. In the arena, she randomly stops, plods around, bucks and kicks out if I give her a tap with the whip and won't keep at a canter, any suggestions?
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post #2 of 22 Old 05-08-2013, 05:21 PM
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Well, napping in the arena or the school is her sulking or having a tantrum about what you're easing her to do.

It may be because she's uncomfortable about hacking on her own.
Or nervous about leaving your yard.
Or bored with school work.
Or uncomfortable with poor saddle fit.
Or miserable because you are causing her discomfort in her mouth.
Or a million reasons that we can't guess at without you giving us a wee bit more information.

First, check soundness, tack fit, feet, teeth and rule these out.

Then get an instructor to show you how to ride to deal with the napping. It can be done, but it takes good and consistent riding and training.
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post #3 of 22 Old 05-08-2013, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Everything fits fine, I don't pull on her mouth and I don't think she's in any kind of pain. I've gone in the arena 3 times since november so we don't exactly go overbord on it and we try to keep it short and sweet ending it on a good note but I thought she might get bored so I made sure to *try* do lots of transitions and changes of reins and circles and serpitines
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post #4 of 22 Old 05-08-2013, 07:41 PM
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Video would help.
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post #5 of 22 Old 05-09-2013, 04:02 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, I do have some videos but I'd rather not upload them to youtube so is there a way I can upload them directly?
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Soft leg, medium leg ,hard leg, cluck, crop. This will teach her to properly move off of your leg. Do each step only one with only a seconds pause between each.when you get to the crop part, use the crop behind your leg and use it hard. Whack whack whack until she's gallop ing. Right now she had m no respect for your leg.

It's also important not to forget the cluck step. If you install a cluck she will learn the progression gets tougher and when you cluck she will automatically jump forwards.

In the past with horses who are really naughty about it,I will lead them around at the wall to warm up and then get on them and immediately do these steps right from the mounting block.
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You can upload videos to youtube as "unlisted", there's a box you check when you upload it. Then only you can view it and others you give the link to. People can't search it randomly or anything like that. I use it a lot, very handy for videos you only want certain people to see.
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You can upload videos to youtube as "unlisted", there's a box you check when you upload it. Then only you can view it and others you give the link to. People can't search it randomly or anything like that. I use it a lot, very handy for videos you only want certain people to see.
Ok, I'll upload it in a moment
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post #9 of 22 Old 05-09-2013, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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This is one of them, i didnt realise how bad my riding was! but then i havent had a riding lesson since november...

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Okay so the best thing NOT to do is kick to go. You should squeeze and then tap. Give your mount a chance to listen before you just pop into them.

Did you want your horse to cut that corner? If not, you need to make sure that he stays where you ask him to go.

Very nice walk at 0:49 and lovely trot... so he does have the ability to go forward.

After that trot though his walk is sludge...is that because you're asking for a halt and he's running through your reins?

Then i see you kick him to go.. he ignores you, you flap your legs on him.... hmm that's not working either. You said if you use a whip he bucks.. coudl it be that you're not using it correctly behind your leg and instead are either using him on his hip or hind end?

What about if you use it on his shoulder? Keep in mind a whip should only tickle.. it shouldn't be whacked on them unless they're doing something dangerous...

Does that help?

Also not to critique you but the energy level of the rider affects the horse. If the rider is more relaxed, the horse will be relaxed. If the rider is a nervous ball of energy, the horse will be a prancy wreck.

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