Help with the little things please. :)
Alright, my lease pony is a mare, I don't want people getting angry at me here, it's just my past experience, but I was never a big fan of mares. Long story.
Anyways, Destiny is my little angel :) But there are some things I think we should work on to make my life a lot easier, and to get her listening a little more. I've got a lot of nit-picky problems here, so bear with me !
First, she pulls the reins out of my hands when we halt, or when were just standing for that matter. She just jerks her head and usually I lose the reins because I think were standing relaxed so my grip isn't super tight. And if my grip is tight, thumbs on top and everything, most of the time I'm not ready for her to pull and I get jerked forward. Its not her teeth or anything, the bit fits her fine and so does the bridle.
Second, the first time I rode her, I picked out her hooves after. I was never really a huge fan of picking out back hooves, but I'm not scared. I picked up her foot and I'm positive I wasn't yanking her leg the wrong way or anything, because this has now happened eeverytime I try. She pulled her leg forward a bit, then more, then more, and I didn't let go because I figured she'd get over it and relax. Then she kicked. That got me so scared I'm almost to the point of asking my coach to try. There's also nothing medically wrong with her legs, or hooves.
Third ( I feel like such a whiney baby...) she doesn't come to me when I call her in her field. She always stands at the complete opposite end and ignores me. I call her name and wave treats but she never comes, I started calling her sort of uh, best friend? In the horse world haha, in hopes that she'd follow her to the gate and she didn't, she usually follows her everywhere....now I always end up taking the long walk to the other end of the field to get her.
Lastly, she doesn't stand for me to mount, I don't use a mounting block because I usually ride outside and there isn't one out there, and she's a small girl, 15.3hh, and I'm 5'7, easy to get up. But anyways, block or not, she walks away from me, like she's totally not interested, I've definitely had some embarrassing grasp-the-saddle-for-dear-life-as-my-pony-walks-away mounts. I just started holding the reins in my left hand with contact and it seems to be working, but I'd like her to stand there for me while I get on.
Ahh ! Sorry for the huge rant again ! Any tips would be helpful, thanks so much forumers ! :)
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