02-27-2011, 01:43 AM
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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! :)