Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: West Sussex, England
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Riding green ponies...
I've agreed to help out a friend with her ill mannered ponies so her children can be safe riding them. She needs someone lightweight and as I'm only 7 1/2 stone I'm quite ideal.
There's two ponies, a tiny 5 year old 11hh ish grey gelding that's really fat, and a 12hh ish bay mare that's 4 in January.
I started on the mare. I took her out with another horse for a little 10/15 minute hack. She was quite good, spooked once but nothing major. Then I took her in the sand school. We followed the other horse (Eddie) for a little while, then she decided she did NOT like me, and charged across the long diagonal putting in huge bucks! I have no idea how but I stayed on!! The girl riding Eddie was like "Well sat, I would have been holding onto the saddle and still fallen off!" Apparently my butt didn't even leave the saddle! (It's a bit of a blur to me now haha). I just remember the owner Lisa shouting "Do whatever you need to do to get her going where you want! Pull her mouth out, I don't care!!" Obviously she needs to learn some manners because Lisa wants her kids to ride her solo. She does good on the lead rein, just not by herself! After she got that out of her system she wasn't too bad, I was running on pure adrenaline though! She was going quite well by the end of it, I only done trot work because she is really green.
Took her back and then got the little grey out. Took him for a 10 minute ride around the block and he was really full of beans! Just wanted to trot. Apparently his problem is not moving, or pulling his head down. So when he pulls his head down I really have to yank it up to teach him not to do it! He only put his head down once or twice, then realised he wasn't allowed to do it. Took him in the school and started doing trot work behind Eddie like I was doing with the mare. He was really different, he just wouldn't work! I had to kick, smack, and growl so many times! Lisa told me to try trot around on my own for a while, so I was going round a few times and she was telling me "smack smack, keep doing it, keep going" and I said "you want me to canter don't you?!" Because he had put in a couple of canter strides on the last lap round. So we got into the corner and I went to get him cantering (He is also very green, he's just been sat on and lead reined really), and he put in a little buck and just stopped dead! Because there wasn't really any head/neck in front of me I found myself hugging his neck!!! I was like "ohh ok", swung my leg over and landed on my feet! We were all wetting ourselves laughing! I couldn't believe I stayed on Pepsi's huge bucks and fell off Alfie with his little bunny hop!
I got back on him and did some more trot work but no canter attempts again. :p
Both are very different, I don't feel in much danger on them because they're so diddy!
Does anyone have advice for me to keep safe with these two? I wear a helmet and body protector.
I admittedly had my feet shoved in the "home" position in the stirrups after the mare had her bucking fit, but Lisa said she didn't mind my equitation, as long as her ponies learn some manners...
Am I crazy? Or should I see this as a useful learning experience?
To ride or not to ride? ... What a stupid question!!