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post #1 of 6 Old 08-09-2009, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Hello, im new here!

I am new here and looking for help with a pony I just bought. I got this beautiful bay pony, 13.3 hands, 15 yr old gelding from the local horse auction. He is really well trained. Neck reins, lunges great, leads well and is wonderful to handle and work with other than once he's loose in the pasture, he can't be caught. He is really afraid of people and runs away from everyone. I believe this pony has been abused or roughly handled and scared to death. He has a scar at the bottom of one ear where it looks like he was twitched by it and he has a big nasty brand of three Rs on his butt. I think he was twitched when he was branded. He wants to trust me and is friendly once I get hold of him. He will come to me sometimes but other times, he will run away. He is somewhat head shy if you move too fast towards his ears. I rode him for the first time yesterday. He's only been here two days so far. He tried to buck once but I stopped him and he didnt try it again. He has a really high energy and moves quickly. He would make a wonderful game pony as he has a great turn on him. I don't know why he tried to buck, cause he didnt with the other owner but he may be testing me. He tried it when I squeezed him for a trot from the walk. I have been keeping him in a small corral in front of my barn so that he will get used to me catching him. I feel he needs more handling and less freedom for a while. I do take him out to lunge him for exercise. Is this the best way to handle this problem he has? What else should I do to get him to get over his past abuse and learn to trust again? I let him loose in my arena one day and it took over two hours to catch him. I don't want to go through that all the time. I would appreciate any help with him, Thanks!
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-09-2009, 02:45 PM
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Hi horseluvr...welcome to the forum.

I'm sure you'll be getting a ton of great advice from the very knowledgeable folks on here...but one of the things I've done to bond with my guys is to actually just go in to the paddock with them...sit and read a book and completely ignore them. They wander around doing what they do and then come to me out of curiosity. I'll give them a scratch or a pat and then go back to my reading.

The other day I was waiting on my farrier and my big guy came up and stuck is head under my arm and dozed off for about 20 minutes. Clearly he felt safe and secure with me and that is what I think you are striving for.

Good luck!
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-09-2009, 03:09 PM
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Your on the right track in keeping him in a small area. Do as jakeanddai suggested in just hanging out with him. Go out with a halter lead rope and a horse treat. Catch him, give him some cookies, then let him go. Do this every day several times a day and I'm betting he will get easier to catch.


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post #4 of 6 Old 08-09-2009, 09:02 PM
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Yep. Lots of grooming, and petting, and good quality time will get him loving on you with a little time.

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post #5 of 6 Old 08-10-2009, 10:53 AM
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Hello and welcome to the forum!!!
I think that your on the right track. All the things that you described are things I think that over time the two of you will overcome.
If you have acess to a round pen you could try some simple excercises in there.
I think spending quality time with our horses is a great way to bond with them. IMHO...it is through ground work that this bond starts to take place.
Again...welcome to the forum and keep us posted on your progress...
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-10-2009, 10:59 AM
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Welcome!
Congrats on the new horse, please keep us posted on your progress!
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