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    02-13-2012, 02:04 PM
Unhappy barn sour pony!

Help me! I've been starting to ride a welsh pony named "Dolly" (i call her a demented shrimp) for a lady. Dolly doesn't get any attention, and she's never had her "own" human. She was only ridden by little kids, so she got away with a lot of really bad manners. She's really, really barn sour and throws hissy fits when you try to ride her away from the barn. I'm an experienced rider, but I haven't worked much with barn sour horses. I tried everything I could, so i'm really frustrated that I can't do it. Please help!
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    02-13-2012, 02:13 PM
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PPlay the waiting game!
When she stops and has a hissy fit, do nothing other than keeping her facing in the direction you were travelling in and just sit her out. Eventually she will want to go somewhere, this will probably be after trying to go back to her friends several times, and when she does make her stand there for a few minutes longer and then go forward on your terns and not hers.

This can take quite a while to achieve but it does work.

The other thing is when she carts back to the barn make her work really hard around the barn, trotting and cantering, when she is really puffed, take her away from the others. Ride her a certain distance and then turn her back to the barn and then away again. If she refuses to go away take her back to the barn and charge her around.
It won't take her long to realise that the barn equals hard work whilst going away is far easier.
    02-13-2012, 09:18 PM
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We have had really good success with training ponies in long lines. We just spank their little butts when they stall out or try to turn around. Most of them give it up with one session. Then, they need several follow-up driving sessions to firmly set their minds on going forward when asked.

The last thing you want to do is take a whip or a bat and 'tap' their fannies when they stall out. All you will get for doing this is a pony the 'kicks up'. Either use a meaningful spanking or find some other way to teach it to go forward when asked.

We particularly like the long driving lines because it is easier to keep the pony headed in the right direction and it is really easy to spank them effectively when you are on the ground. We like to give every small pony that is being ridden by a very small child a 'refresher course' in ground driving every few rides. It really keeps the little guys more honest when they obviously do not have a rider that is very good at following directions.

For ground driving a pony, we snap a big 2 - 3 inch rings into the back girth slot on the pony's little saddle. It keeps the reins from getting under the stirrup leathers and keeps them in a realistic place for a 'feel' very close to when they are being ridden.
    02-13-2012, 09:24 PM
I was riding a 3 year old pony this fall that was awfully barn sour. She would buck and rear and put up a HUGE stink. The person I was riding for chased me and the pony out of the yard and into the field with a lunge whip :P Once there, we walked and trotted circles, stopped, backed up, and I rode her back to the yard, but kept her going past the barn and down the road, got off there, loosened off and went back to the barn.
    02-14-2012, 09:21 PM
I have talked to many people about this because my horse would stop out on the trail and decide it was time to go home. He is not barn sour, but just was done. Some things I was told was to "treat" him when I got to the turning around point. This could simply be getting off and letting them graze or feeding them a handfull of grain. Another thing I was told was to take the tack off at different places on the farm. Usually they associate the barn and going home with getting the saddle and you, off. If you take the tack off at other places, or continue to ride when you get to the farm, it will become unpredictable. I have also been told that after you ride the trails, take them into a round pen and work them through their gaits. Again this is not what they expect, usually when you go home the tack comes off, they go back to their buddies. Don't let rides become too routine. Hope this helps! It did for me!

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