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    01-26-2014, 01:43 PM
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Bolshy pony! HELP!

I have a horse that is 5 years old, and has clearly not been brought up with manners. He is bolshy as well as behind on schooling; he is also lazy. He has recently been biting and invading space. Hitting and poking doesn't affect him. We lunge regularly and free jump ect ect. Any ideas on getting him to respect others around him? He is very strong and can drag you around as well. Thanks!
     
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    01-26-2014, 02:12 PM
  #2
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Number one, get a rope halter and longer lead. Number two, look at some good videos on ground work for manners, starting with correct leading.

Number three, if you hit your horse, mean it . Make it memorable.
     
    01-26-2014, 06:47 PM
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I agree with Tiny 100%

It is no good flicking him to get him out of your space, you need to go into attack and make yourself big and force him to move away from you fast.

Wear gloves when leading him, a rope halter or a control halter will give you more control.

Boss him all the time, make sure he obeys everything you ask him instantly and without him thinking "Why should I?"
     
    01-26-2014, 10:05 PM
  #4
Foal
"one good whack is better than a thousand little taps"

Couldn't agree more
     
    01-26-2014, 10:40 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Bolshy = Bolshie? The pony is a socialist?

You may have trouble convincing him he does not have equal status to you, then. And that he has to work, even if he doesn't like the pay. *shrug*
     
    01-26-2014, 10:50 PM
  #6
Green Broke
If hitting isn't working you aren't actually hitting.

Don't nitpick. Either hit him or not. Don't poke.

I would hit him HARD for biting. I would carry a crop, or ideally a lead and pop him for getting in your space. Back him up *and follow him* to push him out of your space, repeat as necessary, BUT make sure to up the ante every time you repeat to make sure he gets the message, no games. As far as dragging I prefer a stud chain, but know some people like rope halters. Definitely a longer lead.

Check out this thread for leading/pushy advice-
Haflinger Freight Train...
     
    01-26-2014, 10:56 PM
  #7
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I believe 'bolshy" would be said "pushy" in US/Canada.
     
    01-26-2014, 10:59 PM
  #8
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Originally Posted by boots    
Bolshy = Bolshie? The pony is a socialist?
I knew exactly what the OP meant. This is what the online dictionaries have to say. For my part, I use it in the second meaning quite often - it hadn't occurred to me that some people might think I meant the socialist version

Bol·shie
ˈbōlSHē/

NounBRIT.informal
Noun: Bolshy
1. A Bolshevik or socialist.
AdjectiveBRIT.informaldated
Adjective: bolshy

1. (of a person or attitude) deliberately combative or uncooperative.
"policemen with bolshie attitudes
"
     
    01-26-2014, 11:04 PM
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To the OP I would stop the free jumping and do more basic ground work. I suspect that he is less under your control than you think when free jumping.

What breed is he? Is he at your home or a yard? 24 hour turnout or stabled at night? What work is he getting? Has he been backed?





[would it be rude if I place a bet that he is a coloured cob/gypsy cob/ feathery beast? Built like a tank? If I am wrong I apologise for prejudging your horse ]
     
    01-26-2014, 11:25 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie    
I knew exactly what the OP meant. This is what the online dictionaries have to say. For my part, I use it in the second meaning quite often - it hadn't occurred to me that some people might think I meant the socialist version

Bol·shie
ˈbôlSHç/

NounBRIT.informal
Noun: Bolshy
1. A Bolshevik or socialist.
AdjectiveBRIT.informaldated
Adjective: bolshy

1. (of a person or attitude) deliberately combative or uncooperative.
"policemen with bolshie attitudes
"

I kind of wondered if the autocorrect on your phone edited "pushy."

My answer stands. He's not equal or superior, has to work, and you can convince him of both. Trust that he will be a happier pony for having manners and showing some respect for you.
     

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