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  • What bit for welsh ponies
  • Very forward going strong horse leans on the bit

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    12-19-2011, 08:12 AM
Help? Strong Pony!

Hi, I've had a 13hh welsh pony for about 6months now. But having trouble with him, He is always leaning on the bit, and pulling to go foward all the time, and when in canter I can like realise my reins as he just gallops off, Its becoming a big problem at shows, hacks, pony club etc as I just can't manage him all the time.

Any tips and ideas of what I could do to make him listen to me more? Stop leaning on his bit? And be calm??

Thanks Tara :)

Video of him...:
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    12-19-2011, 08:50 AM
I would look into a trainer even if part time to help him get better with the bit.
I am not the best at english riding but to me he looked stiff with the constant pressure of the reins being held so tight but that could just be the discipline. He also looked abit more at ease with you bareback then all saddled up... but I could be wrong.
But I would def get a trainer for there input and show you what you could do
Good luck
    12-19-2011, 08:54 AM
Yes I have realised that, he is a lot more calmer and less forward going without a saddle, the only problem there is without a saddle he has no martingale which makes me have no control when he does run off.
Will look into getting his saddle checked this week, as need this problem sorted.

Thankyou again:)
    12-19-2011, 10:13 AM
Does he run off alot???
Like once a ride, once a week, multiple times a ride??
    12-19-2011, 10:25 AM
Yes mostly everytime I ride but I hardly let him when he tries, he sometimes bolts as well
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    12-19-2011, 10:38 AM
If you are comfortable riding bareback what if you tried putting on a suringcle(sp) and then hooking the martingale to that to help for control... especially if its a saddle fit problem ...that might help for now but it will only be a short term fix.

But I think the biggest issue is the little respect for the bit pressure. If you don't know how to retrain/train for correct bit pressure I would get a trainers help immediately. He could get worse if you don't stop it now which could be very bad news :/

    12-19-2011, 10:40 AM
Okay thankyou, I've just been told he's getting his saddle checked tonight and his previous owners have said I need to change is bit until he is softer in the hands:)

Thankyou for your help:)
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    12-20-2011, 12:03 PM
Originally Posted by TaralovesBenni    
Yes I have realised that, he is a lot more calmer and less forward going without a saddle
This should be a flashing red light regarding saddle fit. Horses naturally run away from pain or danger.

I'm glad to see that you are having a saddler look at him. I have a suspicion that a reflock of your current saddle or a new, differently shaped saddle will improve things quite a bit.

If he still leans on the bit, then maybe a trainer is in order. I would not add a harsher bit to a horse like that unless I knew exactly what I was doing based on a lot of previous experience.
    12-20-2011, 12:05 PM
I also just noticed that you banged his mouth on both of the jumps I saw on the video. Release him over the fence, please.
    12-20-2011, 02:22 PM
I would have to agree with Mildot about the saddle issue
Maybe you need a bigger saddle
And maybe changing the bit too
Also get a professional trainer to help you

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