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post #11 of 14 Old 08-30-2012, 04:01 PM
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Ask to switch to a new horse. You've only been riding for 10 months and you could definitely use some more experience on a gentler horse before getting back on this mare.

Don't worry about not progressing on your riding. Think of it this way, would you like a top trainer/rider to see you on this mare (where you will not be having a good ride) or on a more gentler horse suitable to your riding skills? To progress, you need to be smart about your mounts. No one will get noticed in a positive way by riding a horse that is beyond their experience level and control.

Talk to your trainer about riding a more suitable mount and HAVE FUN!!!!

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post #12 of 14 Old 08-30-2012, 08:19 PM
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I ride a horse exactlly like that!
She's a white pony named Porsha (do you go to a stables named PV Stables because it's possible we ride the same horse! )
I used to have the same problems
Porsha always wants to catch up with the other horses and sometimes refuses to slow or stop
Here's what I did:
When she wants to pass other horses just go infront of them, she probably likes a good challenge and likes to be ahead most of the time.
When she refuses to slow remember to sit back on your pockets (horses speed up when you lean forward), pull your reins back and say woah. This should do the trick

For the big spook it's possible something scared her or she got stung by a bee
Or maybe you where doing something that upset her
One time I was riding a pony named Cookie (and she is REALLY hard to get going!!) and we where cantering to a jump. I hit her with the crop to get her going a little faster so we could make it over the jump. She does NOT like the crop! She sped up really fast and starting bucking and I think she might've reared. I lost my stirrups and reins but I hung on with my thighs. I had no controll over her. She Galloped right over a jump. Finally, I got a hold of the reins and stopped her. And now I know NEVER to hit her with a crop again!
So maybe you did something that upset her. But anyways hope this all helps!

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post #13 of 14 Old 08-30-2012, 09:53 PM
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If the place you're riding is using spooky horses it's not a good place to be riding. Also if the trainer gave a harsher bit for the pony to behave they probably don't know her personality the way they should for her to be used in a lesson. It's good you want a challenge but you should have a solid base down before you challenge yourself the way you are with this pony. It's not just your lesson that is getting ruined by this pony either. You're in a group lesson and there are other people that are having to worry not only about their own horse's behavior but also the behavior of this pony. I know all it takes is one unruly horse to cause me to lose my focus which then puts two or more riders at risk. It doesn't matter how good the horse/pony is when it's good, all it takes is one bad ride to end your life. I'd either ask for a different horse or find somewhere else to ride.

Show me a horseman who hasn't fallen and I'll show you a man who has never truly ridden.


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post #14 of 14 Old 08-31-2012, 12:16 AM
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There are nice horses that you can ride. If they don't have them at that barn, you need to find another barn. If this were my horse, and I really wanted to work with her, then I would work under a good trainer and work through it. But as it is, you are paying the trainer for the privilege of training their rude, ill-behaved horse. It seems to me that the money is flowing the wrong way.

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