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post #1 of 12 Old 05-14-2008, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
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I need help!

Hi all,

I wasn't quite sure which thread to put this in, so I'll try here. Willow my daughters pony has started doing something that is somewhat frustrating. He's developed a habit of stopping suddenly and putting his head down to scratch his nose on his leg or it could be scratch his leg with his nose?!? Either way, when he does this, Ellie goes flying down his neck! I've tried daisy reins, grass reins, but none of them help! And its beginning to worry me, as she always lands on her head, thank goodness for helmets! I wondered if it might be a problem with his mouth, but all that has been checked and he is fine... Does anyone have any suggestions?
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-14-2008, 07:28 AM
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Have you checked him for insects/bites? Do his teeth need done?
Do you clean out his nose when grooming? Just a few suggestions. It could be so many things.
Vida has a habit of doing this sometimes, but I'm strong enough not to have her topple me. It would be tough on a 5 year old to stay seated.
I started really cleaning her nose when I groom her. Using a soft cloth, really get up there to clean out any dust or dirt. Plus I give her legs a good scratching with a rubber curry. I don't know if this will help but its worth a try
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post #3 of 12 Old 05-15-2008, 03:00 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Vida,

Yeah his teeth were done last month, I do wipe his nose, to be honest I dont do it everyday though. I always spray him with fly spray too before she rides, as I wondered if it may be the flies.
Do you think it could be a bad habit that he's picked up? I mean you know how cheeky ponies can be! I just dont know what to do?!? :(
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post #4 of 12 Old 05-15-2008, 03:10 AM
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havu tried a star graiser on him?
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post #5 of 12 Old 05-15-2008, 03:14 AM Thread Starter
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Is that like a Daisy rein? I've tried one of those, all the thing seems to do is pull his bridle back from his poll, and the little monkey can still get his head down! :(
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post #6 of 12 Old 05-15-2008, 07:32 AM
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The only other suggestion I can give, is get Ellie some longer reins. I know that doesnt fix the problem, but since she isnt strong enough to correct him by pulling his head back up. At least it may keep her from being pulled off head over heals. I just don't want her to get hurt :(
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post #7 of 12 Old 05-15-2008, 11:19 AM
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It could possibly be flies that are driving him crazy. Is he also swishing and stomping? You could try some stronger (or another brand) fly spray.

It could be allergies. There's a horse at our barn who has major sinus issues and he is constantly rubbing his nose on his legs. His rider is strong enough to keep him going but the second he stops his nose is down.

You could try some anti grazing reins. I would feel a little bad keeping him from scratching if something is driving him crazy but it would help your daughter out a bit!
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post #8 of 12 Old 05-15-2008, 11:36 AM
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Vega does that everytime i ride her. It doesn't matter if its in the dead of winter, or in the summer, She always does it. Usually just once, but sometimes more than that.

There have been a few times where we've been trotting and bam! she puts on the breaks and down goes her head. I lean back and with one hand hold onto the back of the saddle. (probably not the best to do, but i do it anyways)

I let her do it because if she really has to itch, i'm going to let her itch. She have done it when i'm doing groundwork, so i'm not really sure what it is.

Is there anyway you could ride Willow and when he does it correct him?
Other than that, i'm not sure how to stop it.
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post #9 of 12 Old 05-15-2008, 12:53 PM
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what about a get up like this?


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post #10 of 12 Old 05-15-2008, 02:38 PM
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that pony is being naughty... ponies are sneaky and naughty... she needs to force him to ride forward when he does that, kick him hard, yank those reigns up, use a whip... he's being naughty. I know she's little and probably not real strong, but he's taking advantage of her. He's using that itch as an excuse.
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