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post #11 of 20 Old 12-19-2011, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry never did good in English class any how.
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post #12 of 20 Old 12-19-2011, 10:39 AM
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Mildot, come on, this isn't a writer's forum. It's not like Cruiser's totally illiterate or something.

Back on topic: it sounds like you know she won't listen to you but you're worried the pony will get fed up and let her have it. I did not understand what her initial reaction was to your suggestions --- I got that she ignored you, but did she say something or act as though you hadn't said anything?
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She did ignore me, but I don't know if she did because she didn't want to hear it or because she just was getting frustrated that it wasn't working.

I talked to her this morning and told her that I shouldn't have put my nose where it wasn't wanted, I was just didn't want her getting hurt, that he may have missed her the last time when he kicked out, or crow hopped but it doesn't mean he won't get her the next time. I think she understood that I wasn't trying to be mean that I was just worried that she was going to end up in the ER, for a problem the owners should be dealing with not her (the biting, and general disrespect). I didn't bring up the riding because that is what the owner told her, so that's what she did.
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I didn't bring up the riding because that is what the owner told her, so that's what she did.
I would have brought that up too.

Yanking on a horse's mouth (except in a severe emergency) is not acceptable to me and I will not do it, regardless of what the owner wants or does not want. Doubly so if it's to achieve some artificial headset out of pure ignorance.

If the owner wants to get "collection" by abusing his horse's mouth, he can go ahead and do it himself.
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Yanking on a horse's mouth (except in a severe emergency) is not acceptable to me and I will not do it, regardless of what the owner wants or does not want. Doubly so if it's to achieve some artificial headset out of pure ignorance.
Agreed.

What kind of formal instruction has your friend had?
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Hey I know the post is older but I thought I would update, the pony did end up blowing up, he cow kicked her in the shin, and had a bucking fit (not that high because he is a fat cow of a pony). I was there at the time and after she was nervous to keep going so I talked her through it. I told her what people think looks pretty when he tucks his head is because it is hurting or bothering him (he over bends when he frustrated and pull on his mouth).

So after the bucking fit, I told her to loosen the reins and make him work forget about looks and prefect circles just make the darn pony listen as he got it in his head he was going to bolt. After circling in a fast trot and canter, I told her to let him walk and relax. The pony stopped rushing and flinging his head and had a wonderful relaxed walk, jog and lope no problem. All I did after was remind her to relax her hands to lower them, he responded with gentle neck reining and leg cues. Plus his head looked "pretty" when it was almost of the vertical. Apparently my friend had aha moment.
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Sounds like she learned the hard way. Glad she wasn't hurt. What did the pony's owner have to say about this?
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Other than a large bruise on her lower leg she was okay. The pony's owner only came out after the bucking fits so she thought she was doing a wonderfully job, there was no explaining what happened before, she just blocked it out (the owner and I don't get a long very well personally).
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the pony did end up blowing up, he cow kicked her in the shin, and had a bucking fit
I called that one

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So after the bucking fit, I told her to loosen the reins and make him work forget about looks and prefect circles just make the darn pony listen as he got it in his head he was going to bolt. After circling in a fast trot and canter, I told her to let him walk and relax. The pony stopped rushing and flinging his head and had a wonderful relaxed walk, jog and lope no problem. All I did after was remind her to relax her hands to lower them, he responded with gentle neck reining and leg cues. Plus his head looked "pretty" when it was almost of the vertical. Apparently my friend had aha moment.
Funny how that works. With horses you almost always get more with honey than you do with vinegar. You, I, and most others know that. Too bad your friend had to learn the hard way.
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The pony needs you to tell him who's boss or put him in his place, he is a snotty pony but it really doesn't take much, just make him feel uncomfortable like a sharp NO, or a slap in the shoulder usually gets his attention. Other than that he doesn't like a rough rider he never has, I was one of the first people to ride him when he was a little over two (six or seven years ago).

Thanks I am glad when it happened though it wasn't more broken bones it wouldn't have been fun helping her back to the car and to a hospital.
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