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post #1 of 8 Old 07-05-2009, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Bolting while being lunged

So I work for a stable now, and was asked 2 weeks ago if I would be interested in riding the halflinger that was there, because the owner would be gone for a month. So I said sure, I was already exercising one pill (he's sweet, he just doesn't want to turn and he doesn't do anything vicious/dangerous, he's just opinionated) so why not another one? First week angel pony, next week, devil pony *sigh*. I was made aware that he bolts while being lunged. I just shrugged, if worst came to worst I could just let him go, where was he going to go to? Not very far in the arena. First week, complete angel, lunged and did what I asked when I rode him, last week he was a devil. He got away twice from me in the arena, I moved to the 40' round pen, he got away again. Than I was so fed up I took off his halter, and lungeline, and chased him for a bit. He was catchable, it's just the fact he can't pull this crap with me. Plus this is a safety issue, a huge one. And than I rode him, if he tried anything pulley or bail. First half of the lesson, just walking and some troting, angel. Than the second lesson he decided he wanted nothing to do with it, and started to crow hop, and get heavy of the left side. And I could just go on. I know undersaddle he was testing me to see what I knew and/or what I would do. Needless to say he learned I knew the pulley rein. I have never met a horse like this before. Innocent and nice, and than forget their manners, and decide that dragging a human around is so much fun. I was going to lunge him in his regular english bridle, with a snaffel that's very mild that has a copper losange in the middle. Today is the third week I'll work with him. I work him sunday and monday lightly. I'll be working on space and hopefully find something that works well when I lunge him. Oh well always up for the challenge .

The horse's age is unknown, but I think he's 12, I'd have to look at his teeth, if he'll hold his head still and not nibble or yank his head away *sigh*
His condition is rather pudgy, not overy fat, not lean or overly muscular.
He won't bridle willingly, and if you take him out of the stall to bridle, more likely he'll step on you *sigh*.
He loves to work (than why are you such a snot?), and will stand to be saddled and groomed.
He was to be a schooling horse, but didn't make it. Now I now why! Would scare the snot out of anyone below an intermediate.
His owners have only ridden him, this year, not even six times. Have already offered to work and the BM has said she'll use him in lessons. I will continue to work with him, other wise he'll just continue to sit around and not do anything. Because I believe she has few intermediate students.

Has anyone met a horse like this? And no, he's not scared, so this isn't flight, it's just him being a snot. In not even half a second he throws his head down, and takes off. I have always tried to keep his head up and not allow him to get heavy or look intently at something (that something would be grass *sigh*). Any ideas? This is absolutely ridiculous, and dangerous, I need to put a stop to this. So hopefully he doesn't pull this w/ other people.
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-05-2009, 04:26 PM
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Blu does it every now and then. I just hang on and get him started again. I keep the pace up until he decides he'd like to stop(licking his lips, dropping head).

But when he takes off I pull against him. Doesnt' sound human right? Well, when a horse's head can't move...his body shouldn't this type of situation. I'm terrible at explaining. But I hope this helped a little.

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I've had no experience with Devil ponies, and your title made me picture a dislocated shoulder! Do you have a round pen? He sounds like a candidate for ground schooling, tons of changes of direction and gaits to the point where he thinks you've lost your mind and decides to do things your way so he can stop working. Sounds like a big time respect issue. I bet somewhere in his past, he had a rider who let him call the shots and just got off and called it a day instead of work him through it. Sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders. I'm sure you'll figure him out.
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-05-2009, 09:02 PM
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I would get a lungeline with a chain and put the chain directly over his nose. (no wrapping it around the halter) That way when he tries to pull away from you hes just gonna make the chain get really tight on his nose and he will eventially figure out that it doesnt hurt if he just goes around in the circle like he is soposed to.

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Oh, me, me...*sigh* My new horse Danni, is going through alot of, um, 'phases' right now, because he was owned for a couple of years by a young lady who let him get away with ALOT of stuff...he is disrespectful on the ground (last week, he tried to charge through the gate over me...uggh), bites, is barn\trail sour, and just over all...considering he's been ridden for probably 4 of his 7 years of his life, is a 'greenhorn'...*Sigh*...we're getting there! He's smart, but he's also a stubborn boy, because he had gotten away with things for so long...I think in his mind, even though we have gone through some of these 'respect' battles already, he might just have a shot at getting back on top again. From what I understand, his owner prior to me getting him, would occasionally get someone to help her with him, which, I think, set him up for further failure, because she didn't continue with it, and now he thinks that anyone else may not continue to be a good leader either...he's just confused!

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post #6 of 8 Old 07-06-2009, 02:02 AM
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I think that Myboypuck is spot on with the suggestion of groundwork / round pen.
I'd defiantly do that, get the horse working and teaching some respect.
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-06-2009, 02:08 AM
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LOL Defiantly??? I meant "definitely", most definitely.
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-06-2009, 03:34 AM
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my pony bolts to gate constantly when he is lunged in his paddock(with no rider). all that my friend and i did was fetch him, give him a sharp NO!!and try again. In the end, the bolting has cut down a ton. Like 'mom2pride' my pony is smart yet was able to get away with things as he wasn't ridden for more than 10 years. (he came with our house). i don't know whether this would help in the arena situation but it might be worth a shot.
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