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  • Training a pony who can't be on grass
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    05-17-2010, 05:56 PM
  #1
Weanling
Help! Horse grabbing grass when riding in the field!

When ever I am trying to ride my friend welsh pony he always tries to grab grass. He has a thick neck and it is really strong so It's hard to get his neck back up even if I pull on only one rien. Sometimes I even have to get off and get his head up. We don't have a saddle right now so we can't use anti grazing reins. What can I do to stop this?
     
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    05-17-2010, 06:02 PM
  #2
Banned
Get him to move forward! He can't get his head down if he's busy trotting! Carry a crop with you, or just use the end of your reins and smack him on the shoulder if he doesn't respond to your leg aids.
     
    05-17-2010, 06:07 PM
  #3
Trained
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Originally Posted by justsambam08    
Get him to move forward! He can't get his head down if he's busy trotting! Carry a crop with you, or just use the end of your reins and smack him on the shoulder if he doesn't respond to your leg aids.
Exactly, and make sure you make a 'grazing rule' that you never break, e.g. No grazing when saddled, or no grazing when mounted, etc.
     
    05-17-2010, 06:07 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Like Justsambam said, get his rear in gear! Keep him moving. If he's one of those talented souls who can grab grass at a trot and canter (I've met a few), then you may have to get mean. When he eats, jerk his head up as hard as you can. If he doesn't respond, whack him with a crop. I've met one or two horses who are so dead set on eating I had to spin them in a few very tight circles every time they put their heads down. Soon he'll learn that a bite to eat isn't worth the punishment.
     
    05-17-2010, 06:08 PM
  #5
Trained
I agree. Forward, forward, forward! And make sure you work on catching him BEFORE he gets his nose buried in the grass. If you feel he's going to start lowering his head to graze, send him out in a nice, forward trot. Or a circle.
     
    05-18-2010, 01:18 PM
  #6
Yearling
^^ exactly! This guy has obviously gotten away with this for a while so as Ricci says stopping it before it happens is going to be absolutely necessary for you to break this habit
     
    05-18-2010, 01:31 PM
  #7
Foal
I have to make 25 posts in order to see this months picture contest and vote so HELLO EVERYONE.
     
    05-18-2010, 01:36 PM
  #8
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by rtdonell    
I have to make 25 posts in order to see this months picture contest and vote so HELLO EVERYONE.
I would suggest doing so in the general chat threads/forums rather than this type of thread
     
    05-18-2010, 09:22 PM
  #9
Foal
I agree with everyone else. Make it uncomfortable for him to eat and he won't want to anymore.
     
    05-19-2010, 03:26 AM
  #10
Yearling
The horse that I have now is an absolute bugger for eating! I have never encountered another like her for getting her head down and eating. She is ridiculously strong too so once the head is down I can't tell you how hard it has been to get it back up again. I started using a stick on her but haven't been able to hit her hard enough to get her to stop eating. I now use spurs and every time she even thinks of reaching for a blade of grass I give her a good hard jab. This has helped. Before my feet have even hit the ground when I dismount her head is down to eat, she got so bad that I finally had to start kicking her in the mouth with the toe of my boot to get her to lift her head when I wanted to lead her. Even being very consistent in trying to prevent her from eating, Phoenix seems to be a compulsive eater. I doubt your horse is as greedy as mine but if a stick doesn't help go with spurs.

By the way my horse tries to eat when we are cantering, she has tripped over trying to snatch a mouthful of long reeds!
     

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