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        12-11-2008, 07:01 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Flower's first week with us.

    Hi,
    Probably the wrong section for this messages, not sure were to post things yet.

    Flower ( 1 year old shetland pony) is with us for 4 days now, and she keeps walking into the house, she is at the back and when one of us is out with her and we forget to close the door or we keep it slightly open she will walk into the house .
    Today she went all the way from the narrow laundry , through the kitchen into the lounge and did a poo , ha, ha. We did not want to scare her by shouting, get out, because she is new and our tiles are very slippery, she easely glides,
    The 2nd night my husband lay on a blanket outside on the floor and she rolled on the floor right next to him on the blanket, almost squased him.

    She let me brush her all over now and it's no problem to put a halter on,
    What do you guys thing of this behavior, should this be normal, is she very friendly or could she easily become dominant?

    It's all so new to me, we have to be carefull she doesn't take over, it would be easy as she is very small and cute only 75 cm aprox.

    Flower and co
         
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        12-11-2008, 07:24 PM
      #2
    Started
    Unless you have a lot of experience training horses, I'd suggest asking a horse trainer about the best way to train. I'd be certain to close the door well. It would also be a good idea to keep her in a fenced pasture so that she's not able to come into the house. Does Flower have a companion? Horses are herd animals and many (most, I'd say) need a friend to be happy. That friend may be another horse or something like a goat. Goats, I've heard, are escape artists.
         
        12-13-2008, 06:54 AM
      #3
    Showing
    It seems like she is very trusting, especially to lay down right beside your hubby. BUT, trusting and spoiled are 2 different things. It sounds like she has never been taught respect for peoples boundaries. It is one thing if you tell her to lay down there and she does, completely another if she does it on her own. When she starts getting bigger, she could easily hurt someone by doing things like that. It is not a big stretch for a horse like that to become very pushy and dominant. I think she needs her own enclosure away from the house and I would work with her to let her know that "you can only come THIS close to me" keep her out of your personal space bubble. This should help. Good luck and I know how it is to clean up poopy from the living room floor. When I was a kid, I snuck my mini-burro into the house and he pooped right in front of my Dad's chair. I had to clean it up before my parents got home. He didn't get to come inside after that. :( LOL it really stunk in the house.
         
        12-14-2008, 11:03 AM
      #4
    Showing
    What seems cute and funny now will very soon become an annoying and dangerous problem. Your pony may be tiny at the moment but is on it's way to becoming a several hundred pound animal. Ponies and horses use their teeth, heads, and feet to secure their dominance in a herd. You and your family are on their way to becoming Flower's "herd" and that is a very bad thing in this case.

    What you are creating is a spoiled, disrespectful, and eventually a dangerous horse. 2 months ago I got what is now a 13h pony in a trade . When Dusty was your pony's age I'm am sure that it was treated the way you are treating Flower. Now, at 3 years old and ~450 pounds, Dusty is a nightmare. He has no respect for people and thinks nothing of grabbing at my jacket or jeans looking for treats. If you hold out your hand, he thinks nothing of trying to bite it thinking there is a treat. He will turn his back end to you and try to kick if he doesn't get his way. I am just starting to get him under control but he has a long way to go.

    Flower is heading in that direction fast and you need to get some help now. If not, I guarantee you will be on the forum in a few months looking for help for a cute little pony that has become a nightmare.
         
        12-14-2008, 01:35 PM
      #5
    Foal
    flower

    Thank you,
    All advice is needed,
    I do have people around the house, experienced horse keepers and vet, etc, they all say it seems to go ok.
    Flower is with us know for 1 week and her paspoort say she is only 7 months, very young., yesterday we took her for a walk on a lead around the large garden, she was ok but wanted to walk in other directions and she didn't wanted to go back inside her enclosed area.
    We created a sign and say stop when she does something wrong,(well when she start running or walk in wrong direction).
    Today I took her around the garden again, and she walked right next to me all the time and when I made the sign and said stop she did, looks to me that she is a quick and happy learner.
    We don't give her any treats, we make a big fuss when she does well.
    The first week we were a bit soft but I quess we were all getting to know eachoteher and for her to explore her new suroundings.
    I'm pleased she loves to put the halter on and we can brush her all over, even het hooves etc, there is a lott of trust already, we also beep our car horn when we arrive so she get used to cars and loud noises, but even with cars she seems relaxed, considered she was imported from holland.
    In the new year I will look for a horse trainer in the mean time I will have to follow my instincts and advice from you all.

    Flower and co







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    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    What seems cute and funny now will very soon become an annoying and dangerous problem. Your pony may be tiny at the moment but is on it's way to becoming a several hundred pound animal. Ponies and horses use their teeth, heads, and feet to secure their dominance in a herd. You and your family are on their way to becoming Flower's "herd" and that is a very bad thing in this case.

    What you are creating is a spoiled, disrespectful, and eventually a dangerous horse. 2 months ago I got what is now a 13h pony in a trade . When Dusty was your pony's age I'm am sure that it was treated the way you are treating Flower. Now, at 3 years old and ~450 pounds, Dusty is a nightmare. He has no respect for people and thinks nothing of grabbing at my jacket or jeans looking for treats. If you hold out your hand, he thinks nothing of trying to bite it thinking there is a treat. He will turn his back end to you and try to kick if he doesn't get his way. I am just starting to get him under control but he has a long way to go.

    Flower is heading in that direction fast and you need to get some help now. If not, I guarantee you will be on the forum in a few months looking for help for a cute little pony that has become a nightmare.
         

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