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post #1 of 6 Old 02-27-2012, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Question Any tips on training a Pushy pony?

Hi , i have a 17yr old shetland/welsh pony cross, he's about 11 hands.
I've been a having some problems with him lately.
He's very Pushy..when you try to walk him on a lead rope he'll run ahead of you a practically drag you till you let go. also every time i walk him by my morgan he will jump up and bite him, and he won't let you touch his ears (we already know he doesn't have a teeth problem.

He bites people and clothing.

I try to lung him when i have time, I almost got hurt because he threw his head up and hit me really hard.

so if there are any tips for any of his problems, i would appreciate them
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-27-2012, 08:04 PM
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Okay, I will try to help you out by using past experiance - I have a Shetland, he's about 8 and 9hh. When we got him, he would bolt from lunging, bite and kick at other horses, and lunging was a hassle.
First off, I am going to tell you you will have to be aggressive. There is a difference between mean and aggressive, you will have to be the later. This pony is dangerous and may hurt you if you are not.
That said, get your 'materials.' You will need -
the pony, a halter/lead, a crop, a lunging whip, a lunge rope.
I will start with the leading. Once you have caught your pony, come into a small space, like an arena, or preferably round pen. A small field does well too. If you have nothing but a large field, it will do. Get your crop, now, and put it in your hand. If needbe, desensitize him. Sesitizing will come next. Make your pony back up. Start by pulling the lead back. If he doesn't respond, start pulling on it in short bursts, harder and harder. If he still doesn't listen, pop him in the chest with the crop. Once he backs, release all presure and pet on him. Walk him a bit, stop, and repeat untill he is backing decently.
Okay. Once you have your pony backing, try this -
walk next to your pony on a some-what slack lead. at random intervals, just stop. Don't pull or anything. Just stop. If he stops with you, with you at his shoulder or ahead (closer to the head,) praise. I doubt he will the first time :p. When he does just keep going, snap at the lead, and make him back untill you meet his shoulder. *Don't move your feet!* When he is by you, pet him.
Do this very often. If you see no improvement, let me know :)
Now for the biting and stuff. Again, carry your crop. The very second he goes for the Morgan take that crop and smack him on his shoulder, and make him back the length of a football field. Make your body language very assertive, and tell him very sternly, 'Back! Back! Back!'
I don't have the experiance to tell you how to deal with biting at people and with the ears. I'm sure I'm going to get tons of hate for how I got rid of the problem with Pumpernickle (My shetland with the same problems,) but really you need that respect to get rid of aggression in a pony/horse. If you need any clarifications, again, let me know :)

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post #3 of 6 Old 02-27-2012, 08:06 PM
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One more thing - have you tried using a chain lead while leading him? Just under his chin? If used correctly, they are another thing I don't think they are cruel. If he goes to bolt, try spinning him around to face you, and again make him back back back back back. Backing is a great way to get control of thier feet, via Clinton Anderson. Once you are done backing, let him sit there for a bit and think about what just happened. If you don't want to use the chain I understand, but unless you are strong it might be harder to control him.

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Thank you :)
His biting isn't really out of aggression it's more of searching for treats, but i rarely give him treats.
He is also very easy to catch and he knows his name.
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-27-2012, 08:18 PM
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He sounds like a smart and sweet boy, so this kind of thing shouldn't take long :) After you get a little more respect into him, he sounds like he'll just be dandy! Yea, my horses search for treats too :p If they nibble I really don't mind XD In fact, I'll tickle at thier top lip and watch them try to get my fingers xp I'm probably creating a bbbaaaddd habit... but it's so funny... I've only been physically bit once (not on a treat search occasion - Diamond was really POed at me...) and I just gave her a mild pop on the mouth. But I've never had a big problem, so i can't offer that much info on that...

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He doesn't like his ears to be touched? Well.. touch them more. My horse used to hate it. I touched his ears (nicely) and when he stopped fussing or pulling, I'd stop. Eventually now he LOVES his ears being rubbed or touched. I can clean them out with a clean rag no problem.

As for nibbling.. I find massaging or rubbing or pinching their top lip changes their mind. I massaged my gelding's when he tried to be nippy. Changed his attitude right away. Something about releasing endorphins? Not sure.. but it beats having to smack them in the mouth. But even that has its role if you're in a dangerous situation!

Just stay safe. The more you work on his ground manners, the better he will be with other things. Stay firm and consistent. Lay down the law! Make the good decision the easiest decision and the bad one the most difficult and unpleasant.

Good luck.

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