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    02-26-2011, 05:24 PM
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Foal
HELP ! advice on retraining pony !

Hello, I am reschooling my pony atm, he bucks, rears and bolts, he a cob, I was thinking about the best way to retrain him, I have had advice from my instructor and she said he will get better but he will never stop this as he just a lazy horse, she said he does this to get out of work, is there anyways to stop him doing these bad habbits, he gets bored eaisly, and is very young in his ways !
     
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    02-27-2011, 02:43 AM
  #2
Foal
Hi, although ponies are definitely supper stubborn, they can also be extremely rewarding to work with. I would say get on the little guy and ride through his tantrums with confidence. After he realizes you won't take no for answer, he will begin to listen to you. Most ponies are like that and just take a determined rider.

Once you get through the basics and can have a generally normal ride (of course with the occasional buck, rear, etc.), you can begin working on exercises with him so he becomes more responsive to you. Do a lot of upward to downward, and vis versa, transitions.

Remember to stay soft whenever you ride the pony and to stay frustration free. Ponies tend to get riders very angry while being beastly and anger does not solve a thing. If he seems more fiesty then normal, get him on a lunge line for a few minutes. Does the pony get turned out daily? That might also be a factor.

If you are having a lot of trouble riding him, ask a more experianced rider to get on him and lend you some advice. The person can read him for you and give you more personal advice then I can. Remember, no matter how well of a rider you are, there is always another a little better in some ways.

Maybe talk to your trainer about changing the pony's bit. A bit change could make a HUGE difference in a horse's performance; it's crazy, as long as it's the correct bit for the horse.

Good luck! :)
     
    02-28-2011, 12:53 PM
  #3
Weanling
I totally agree with apc.

You said that he is lazy, but also that he gets bored easily. Is he out of shape?? I know ponies that tend to buck and/or rear when they are tired so that you'll get off and leave them alone. You need to come up with activities and exercises that will keep him occupied. If you keep his attention, then he won't get bored.

How old is he by the way?
     
    02-28-2011, 04:25 PM
  #4
Foal
May I offer a second suggestion? I'd get off and review groundwork, do some lunge line exercises and work in the round pen. A pony that acts like that needs some work on respect for his rider.

We have had several ponies and have trained some for others. Some we started and some we had to re-train out of bad habits. One in particular was a tough little thing, but after a refresher course in ground manners she turned out to be a lovely mount.

You lead the horse you ride. Respect begins on the ground, and the most important thing is safety for horse and rider.

Forgive my preaching, I've worked with horses all my life,(and first started riding for others at 14) and I'm also a mom, so I've had ground rules to keep my young riders safe as possible.
     
    02-28-2011, 08:09 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Remudamom    
May I offer a second suggestion? I'd get off and review groundwork, do some lunge line exercises and work in the round pen. A pony that acts like that needs some work on respect for his rider.

We have had several ponies and have trained some for others. Some we started and some we had to re-train out of bad habits. One in particular was a tough little thing, but after a refresher course in ground manners she turned out to be a lovely mount.

You lead the horse you ride. Respect begins on the ground, and the most important thing is safety for horse and rider.

Forgive my preaching, I've worked with horses all my life,(and first started riding for others at 14) and I'm also a mom, so I've had ground rules to keep my young riders safe as possible.
I totally agree with you on this and it's a great idea; respect does begin on the ground.
     

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