My riding school pony will only follow the others what should i do?

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    05-30-2010, 04:03 PM
Unhappy My riding school pony will only follow the others what should i do?

I recently moved to a new riding school and it is way better than all my other ones in every single way APART from the fact that when/if there is a horse in front and your behind them the instructors tell you to follow the horse when you're doing shapes. And now whenever im in a group lesson the pony I ride won't do a thing I say.

When were doing shapes and the horse infront cut off a letter and I try to go to the letter, my pony will follow it if if I try my hardest by kicking and using leg steering, 99% of the time my pony won't listen and will just turn it's head in the direction im pulling but will keep following the other horse. Also when im trying to canter him sometimes he can do it but most of the time he keeps going back to trot no matter how much I kick him, and when he is cantering and I try to steer him he doesn't listen to my commands. Also when im jumping I try to curve towards the jump but he doesn't listen and won't canter when I want him too.
When im in front he will never go fast he will either do a very slow trot or take ages to get into a trot.

I've been at this riding school for a month (been riding for 4 years previously) and the only time i've managed to get the horse to do something is when either it is just a private lesson or if the instructor waves a lunging whip at him but he slows down afterwards.
(I have only ever used my own whip in the private lesson and halfway through the lesson I got rid of the whip and he listened for the rest of the lesson)

Do you think he is like this because at this school the riders are told to follow the horse infront or am I doing something really wrong?

Please help im getting so frustrated =(
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    05-30-2010, 04:08 PM
Im not sure how old the pony is but he seems pretty young, im guessing 15-22 years, and he is known as being one of the laziest horses there.
Im scared to ask for a new pony because we get given them depending on our size and height and I don't want to sound like im giving up on him just because he won't listen to me.
    05-30-2010, 04:42 PM
Brit, riding school horses are notorious for following the horses in front. They are
Valued by the school because they are predictable and even the freshest of novices can climb aboard and the horse will do what the other horses have been told to do.

Your instructor knows the situation. She is waiting to see if you can learn how to get this horse to do something you ask it to do rather than her from the centre of the ring.

Consider talking to her and asking her what in her opinion you should do. Explain your frustrations.

Don't worry about the pony - to the tutor and to any riding school it is worth its weight in gold - (well almost)
    05-30-2010, 05:37 PM
I agree with Barry. If you're frustrated and not quite sure how to ask the pony to do what you want, explain to your instructor the problem you're having and ask her what she thinks the best way to fix it is. This will show her that you're not just sitting up there along for the ride during your lessons, it shows that you're actively thinking, "Okay, my pony is not listening to me and I've tried everything I know how. Maybe I should ask for help and see if someone can teach me the right way to ask this pony to do what I want." It means you're interested in developing your skills, not just looking pretty up on a horse, and that means a lot to a trainer.
    05-30-2010, 05:57 PM
I want to add to the good advice that instead of getting frustrated, you could make a fun detective game out of it: think to yourself, "How interesting!" when you & the horse don't have the same goal in mind. Horses are experts at frustrating predatory types like us humans, so he feels your frustration and chalks up a point for himself! However, amidst this,the horse is doing you a great service by showing you this, so please appreciate how much he's teaching you! That said, I have my doubts about your instructor, because surely, your instructor's seen your troubles in your lessons & has given you no help.
    05-30-2010, 07:16 PM
Green Broke
Maybe ask for a few extra rides alone or some trail time. He may be getting bored with the arena and just needs a change of pace. Alot of horses get bored doing the same thing over and over again and soon the stop listening to whats being asked and just follow their daily pattern.

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