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    07-05-2010, 05:27 AM
Clumsy Or Cheeky?

When walking my pony anywere she is garenteed to stand on my foot atleast 5 times. I don't know whether this is just clumsy behaviour or something I can correct?
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    07-05-2010, 05:35 AM
Maybe you're walking too close to her feet or turning her inwards when you lead?
Lottie has stood on my feet a few times but I was always too close to her, except for when she stomped her foot when she was irritated by flies... now THAT hurt.
    07-05-2010, 05:37 AM
Sounds Painfull! Lolly will walk as close to me as she can even on a long rein. O Maybe I just need to keep nudging her further away ?
    07-05-2010, 05:38 AM
You can definitely correct this behaviour. May I ask how you lead your pony? Does she/he stay at your shoulder? Do they move with you? Do they push into you or remain a respectful distance from you?

Because it sounds like she/he does not have respect for your personal space. You need to teach her to lead correctly, focus on you and respect your space.

Clinton Anderson has a nice video on this (one of many, you can search YouTube for them):

    07-05-2010, 05:39 AM
Yeah I'd keep nudging her away so she learns to keep her distance. My other horse Tazz does that a lot, so when we're walking I normally hold the lead rope in my right hand but just use my elbow and apply pressure on his shoulder to stop him moving closer in :)

Looks like she just loves you so much she wants to stay with you haha :)
    07-05-2010, 05:42 AM
That video is verry hulpfull thankyou. Yes I completely forgot to mention she does push me and cut me off but I thpught it was because sh wanted to get to the grass on my side. Obviously im too soft lol. That video was a greast help thankyou.
    07-05-2010, 05:43 AM
Thats what I thought heather untill I seen that video then I felt privalidged so I didnt really want to nudge her away incase she felt I was pushing her away from me lol.
    07-05-2010, 05:45 AM
Haha fair enough, well nudging works for me :)
Plus tazz is scared of whips so that video didn't really help.. haha
    07-05-2010, 05:48 AM
Lolly is ok with whips so I shal try that. Nudging will work for me for now but I would love for her not to need the nudging ( as you have to give her a pretty big nudge lol).
    07-05-2010, 05:48 AM
[Although none of my business, but my mare was also scared of whips (from previous abuse) and I just had to desensitive her to them and now she's fine with them on the ground. Also, I found that I didn't need to use a whip to do this, the lead line and my own body posture are more than enough to get a horse out of my space.]

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