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post #41 of 44 Old 01-11-2012, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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Also, is it right for a pony to open its mouth when they aer slowing down? I notice the pony another girl rides in my lesson opened his mouth when the girl was getting him to stop.
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post #42 of 44 Old 01-11-2012, 02:17 PM
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Well, I had my lesson today. I was on Charlie again and he was good being tacked up (but I was told not to bother picking his feet out) and didn't kick out when the girth was does up (but he did throw his head around a bit). There were three other people in my lesson, all below 10 and on small ponies. I was usually at the front but when I was at the back (like when we cantered to the back of the ride) it was really hard to get Charlie going slow. When I went into trot once I only squeezed lighting but he whizzed off and went into canter. I was getting told to pull on my reins and I had to heave with all my might to get him to go back into trot. I really don't like doing that Then we did a bit of cantering in a circle and I did ok at that but again, I have to keep half halting and really pull on the reins. When I was untacking my instructor took his bridle off because when I do it he tends to walk off. He didn't buck today which is a good thing though. He did keep throwing his head around in halt, and I got told to ignore it, but when I persisted with asking what I should do I just got told to let him have all the rein. He will not stop moving his head until he has ALL the rein, even if I take up a few inches of rein he will go insane. There was also a bit of corner cutting and not listening to my legs and even my reins

I have asked my mum about moving stable and she isn't too keen on it. I told her about all the misbehaviour and she said maybe I just need to be more firm. I told her about having to heave on the reins and she said that maybe that is showing him that I’m in control and that the instructors know the horses better than I do. But I do know that it's not good to have to heave on a horse’s mouth! She isn't feeling too well at the moment so now isn't the best time to be discussing new stables but I think that she believes that as long as I am progressing (no matter how little) then I'm fine. I did ask if I could have just one lesson at a different stables but she seems to think that they will put on a good show for the first few lessons but then be like the one I currently go to. But I don't think that’s true, they can't cover up a horse that won't do as he is told.
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Also, is it right for a pony to open its mouth when they aer slowing down? I notice the pony another girl rides in my lesson opened his mouth when the girl was getting him to stop.

You mean like this:

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot..._4967652_n.jpg

Or more like this:

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot..._5737047_n.jpg

They both are trying to evade the pressure.. since the first one is me.. he wouldn't halt with my body so I put some pressure on the bit (back when I was really green) until he stopped.

Well.. as long as you're getting saddle time, that's the important thing..
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post #43 of 44 Old 01-12-2012, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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It was more like the first picture. I was just worried that it might mean that the horse is uncomfortable or in pain.

And yes, I would rather have some not that good saddle time than none at all.
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It was more like the first picture. I was just worried that it might mean that the horse is uncomfortable or in pain.

And yes, I would rather have some not that good saddle time than none at all.

Yeah it's an evasion because the horse either isn't responding to the seat/body cues, the rider isn't using their body and just their hands, or they are just being bullheaded.

Sometimes it can be.. but usually they make the choice if it is a trained horse. If they are green.. then it's usually just miscommunication or poor hands.

Usually.

Hope your lessons have been better lately!
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