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post #1 of 5 Old 03-22-2011, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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Red face How do I stop my daughters shetland from bucking from trot to canter?

Help...We have a lovely 10.2 shetand X only problem is my 4 year old daughter is just learning to ride and whenever we ask him to go from trot to canter either on the long rein (with my running frantically behind trying to keep up!) or on the lunge (with me turning ever decreasing circles in the middle) but both when he is fully tacked and my daughter is mounted on him, he puts his head down and bucks. She has learnt how to stay on and I can bring him down almost straight away. I have lunged him with out a saddle and rider and he still does the same thing. He has no problems with his back hips or legs and the general thought is that he is being high spirited. She has just started pony club and has an easter fun ride coming up. Although it is just a walk for novices I have to be 100% sure that he will behave...can I fit side reins to prevent him putting his head down? If so do they clip to his bit and the girth or the saddle? Her legs are far too short to give a good kick...they lie on the saddlle flaps and anyway her inexperience prevents he from understanding all the instructions that I throw at her when he does this.

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there is something called a daisy rein/grass rein. This attaches to the poll of the bridle and to the front d rings of the saddle this prevents the pony from putting his head down so that his back end can come up. I use one for my little brother's pony as she get's excited exactly the same from trot to canter. It works a treat.

should i or should i not.........
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check for saddle fit as well - i know people just assume that it's ponies being bratty but there could be a pain issue involved just like with a full sized horse.

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post #4 of 5 Old 03-23-2011, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you!

Thank you for your ideas......daisy reins/grass reins sound like a good idea...he is bomb proof except for this one issue so will research this but am also just arranging for someone to check his saddle and his back just incase!
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I would have a chiropractor check him out just in case. My mare did the same thing when her hip was out. She wasn't lame or look at any different, but my vet fixed it right up.
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