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post #1 of 5 Old 06-27-2010, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
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Naughty Little Welsh D: (note: I babbled a lot..oops)

My 12yo Welsh B gelding is SO well behaved.. when we are riding with another horse.
If we seperate at the other riders gate or if I try to take him out on his own he bucks and carries on like a mad man!

He has always been better in company, sometimes he likes to have a race (which is a lot of fun >__<) but is generally a.. gentleman!

He does have a problem with 'taking off' and when I lived in ruralish Victoria, he used to gallop the last 100 metres of the ride and down the driveway..
Now that I live in country-but-only-place-to-ride-is-busy-road South Australia he just bucks. Has taken off on occasion, but mostly just bucks and bucks.
He's only a little 12.3 pony so they aren't very big (despite what he thinks ;D)

He used to be (still is ) a fantastic little pony, but since moving to South Australia I sort of 'gave up' in a way.
I had had enough of pleading with dad to take me to Pony Club (have been asking for 3 years, no change) or to help me with something as simple as holding the end of the lunge line. Also the only place to ride around where I live are steep hills on my property, a semi flat space at the bottom of the hill which HE refuses to fence in with electric fencing or busy roads around me.
Don't get me wrong, I love trailriding.. but riding on a main road for the entire ride with trucks thundering past at 100k/h does NOT equate 'trails' in my books
For some reason my dad thinks that its perfectly fine for me to try practice dressage tests and jumping on my excitable horses in the middle of a massive paddock on a hillside.. Attempting this once led to me getting off five minutes in because I was petrified.. 16.2hh Arab X TB taking off.. not good confidence building.

He gets riding a couple of times a month so I know that the majority of his behaviour stems from this, but why so quiet around other horses? He was such a sweetie on last weeks ride, didn't bat an eyelid at the emus that were walking past, or the man dragging bins out on a ride on mower. The horse we were with was a bit of a different story

Only time he freaked out was when the cows ran up to the fence line (he is PETRIFIED of moving cows.. even if they are just walking. Strangely he lives with a herd of 30 or so Scottish Highlands)

D; Sorry about this turning into a rant about father halfway through..
What I really want to know, is how can I get him 'going good' when we are out alone?

Besides the simple answer of riding him everyday, which will happen when I move back to Victoria within the next few days! So excited and happy about it . When I think about it, I wonder why I moved in the first place.. Mum gives me support with the horses, I went to shows regularly, I live in a town in the middle of a very extensive state forest (aka LOTS of fantastic trails), I was less than 5 minutes ride from a great PC.. Vince was ridden everyday and was a very levelheaded pony.
And that's just the horsey positives!

Gah babbling again.. I'll stop.

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-27-2010, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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The question got lost in there haha

What can I do to get him 'going good' out on his own?
Besides the simple answer of 'ride him more'
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-27-2010, 02:32 AM
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Where in SA are you??? I'm in the Adelaide Hills/Southern area, if you're close I can come out and have a sit on the little bugger for you... welshies can be such stubborn little buggers, I've had a couple so can sympathise!

Can you lead him out on the road by himself without him going off his tree about it? If not, I would start here. Lead him out in either a rope halter, or a bridle. Take a long dressage whip with you (they're ALWAYS usefull!). Walk him out during a quiet part of the day, you don't need car's flying past to worry him further.
Now if he goes silly and starts carrying on, DO NOT let him turn around back to home. Instead, just keep pestering him, stay at his shoulder, ask him to walk forward and if he doesn't, give him a tap on the backside until he decides going forward is much easier. Don't take him for a long walk to start with, just a little while out of the driveway, let him walk until he starts to act up on you, then make him walk until he gets over it before you head for home.

Under saddle, same procedure. Don't let him turn around towards home. Keep your legs on, sit deep, look up, have your legs a little forward with your heels right down, and lean back a smidge when he goes to buck. When you feel him starting to play up, pull his head up so he can't buck, and MAKE him step forward. He has to learn that cracking up about what HE wants is not going to get him anywhere, it's comfortable and easy when he just walks, but when he doesn't 'just walk', he goes through hell and life is so much harder!

Sorry, my post probably wasn't entirely easy to read, I am exhausted from studying all day! Uni exams are not the most enjoying aspect of my life haha!
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-23-2010, 07:28 PM
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heloo help me anyone well i have this horse and i love her and everything i have been riding for 2 years on like once a week so yeah and no bond whatsoever i give her treats i spend time with her and groom her and when i do she paws the ground in aggression and i dont trust her

may i note that is not me in the pic ( not my horse dont own one )
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-23-2010, 08:33 PM
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Faudteag, why did you post in this thread with a post that makes absolutely no sense what so ever? If you need help, start your own thread or read the replies on other similar threads to get ideas.
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