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post #1 of 16 Old 06-16-2012, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up breaking my new forest pony

hi. im riley. im 13 and attemping to back my horse. hes 14.3hh and i have been able to trot him in a saddle, but only when he feels like it. whenever i try to squeeze/ tap him with my legs he start to pigroot/ rear and small buck. i ride in a bitless bridle if that helps. i dont beleive horses need metal in ther mouths to be controlled. this is my first time breaking but i want to succeed . ps. hes quite headstrong so as many tips on both problems woud be amazing appreciated!!! and hes 4 years old. cheers guys
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post #2 of 16 Old 06-16-2012, 09:14 AM
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Sounds like your pony has little respect for you or simply doesn't know what you are asking him to do.

You should start training him on the ground with basic groundwork to earn the horses respect. Problems seem to dissolve when you earn their respect.

Watching DVD's from Clinton Anderson, or any other trainer worth his salt would be a good idea.
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post #3 of 16 Old 06-16-2012, 11:28 AM
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Does your pony have solid ground work? Horses don't instinctively know that being squeezed in the side means go, and when they don't know what you're asking for, they can get quite frustrated and act out.

Work to get him responding solidly to verbal cues on the ground, and once he has those down, you can try again under saddle. Be sure to use the same verbal cues when you're on his back as you did when working with him on the ground.

Is there an experienced adult around who is helping you?
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post #4 of 16 Old 06-16-2012, 12:57 PM
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Yes, that is another thing, did you ever teach your horse to respond to your cues or did you expect him to already know?
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post #5 of 16 Old 06-16-2012, 01:06 PM
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Your pony is starting to buck & rear & ignore, that is quite dangerous and what you are teaching him is dangerous even though you did not mean to. You need help from someone more experienced otherwise it's only going to get worse. I would seriously consider sending your pony to a trainer and getting some lessons for yourself. Good luck.
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From what you've described, I don't think your experienced enough to start this horse. My advice is to send him out to a reputable trainer for backing and let him/her put a few good months into the horse before you start riding him.

There's nothing wrong with bits; my horses have no problems with them in the right hands. I find that they are conducive to better communication and more precise aids than the average bitless bridle.

Good luck with your pony.
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post #7 of 16 Old 06-16-2012, 01:16 PM
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bits are for communication not complete control. Sounds like you need a snaffle and lessons for yourself and a trainer for the horse.Infact, a person never really has COMPLETE control of a horse.
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Get someone who knows what they are doing to help you.
As things are and with your misconception that a bitless bridle is kinder than a bit shows how novice you are.
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post #9 of 16 Old 06-16-2012, 01:56 PM
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I agree with everyone else. You need help with your horse. I started a horse when I was your age, with the help and constant instruction from my dad who used to break horses for extra money when he was younger. You need the help of someone who knows what they are doing and don't need to ask questions about it.
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post #10 of 16 Old 07-20-2012, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thankyou to everyone who had attitude screaming down my throat. All im ever being told is "U cant do it" or "your not a good enough horsepersoon" . just letting you all know i have started him and have been riding him around like a pro He does respec me. And no im not dumb enough to think he would know what meant "go" straight away. And yes he has had full ground wrk trainig and he got sent to my friend to be finished for me. cheers thats just wha i needed more people telling me how crap i am.
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