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    03-02-2012, 02:58 PM
  #21
Yearling
Hackney ponies have snappy gaits or should, almost like mini saddlebreds. I weight roughly the same as you, (not sure about height but I'm 5'9") and I wouldn't ride her personally. I trained a 10 hh welsh A gelding, that was high strung and he loved work, once he could ground drive, I have a smaller friend (90 pounds at the most) lay over his back and eventually rode him while leading, than lunge line than on her own. I very got little kids riding him before he sold (to a driving home), but he was very face and would have needed a experienced or brave little rider for sometime before I would even think of a beginner on him.

As a saddle I used a pony pad not a real saddle because his back was too short for anything with a cantle and a teen to ride him at the same time. Sometimes a pony that responds instantly isn't a good thing, if your little brother pulls back at a fast trot trying to keep his balance and she stops just like that it might not be good. A beginner horse or pony will almost hesitate into things as not to jar the rider off balance.

Good luck


Might want to mention my little gelding thought he was stud muffin (he was gelded as a foal), so he was very showy and loved to fling his legs out as far as they could go.
     
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    03-02-2012, 03:25 PM
  #22
Yearling
Yeah, I didn't think riding her, myself, would be such a hot idea...Maybe to start him riding, I'll put him ( my brother) on Big Red, then switch him off to her, maybe ponying/leading them first until they get used to each other...I really think she could be a lot of fun, and she can be calm...My only wish is that I could have had her instead of my Shetland pony when I was younger! Oh well...:)

She likes running like that as well...
     
    03-02-2012, 03:53 PM
  #23
Yearling
Sounds like a plan, maybe even teaching her to pony off another horse? Just keep safety in mind through the process.
     
    03-02-2012, 03:58 PM
  #24
Foal
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Originally Posted by Chansu    
shes very cute!

I only had this problem with my mare when going back down to the field to turn her out, she would start prancing on the spot & trotting sideways just wanting to take off.
I broke my mare from doing this by just lounging her every time she did that, I figured if she wanted to move her feet that bad I'd just put her to work. In a week she was walking slow & quietly where ever I wanted to go.
     
    03-02-2012, 06:08 PM
  #25
Yearling
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Originally Posted by goodhrs    
I broke my mare from doing this by just lounging her every time she did that, I figured if she wanted to move her feet that bad I'd just put her to work. In a week she was walking slow & quietly where ever I wanted to go.
But will this work with a horse that loves to run/go/work?

Yeah, I usually try to do things as safe as possible...

I let you know how it works out..
     
    03-02-2012, 06:24 PM
  #26
Foal
Talking

[QUOTE=EmilyJoy;1388886]But will this work with a horse that loves to run/go/work? QUOTE]

I would lounge it at a slow pace with alot of change in directions which makes them use their brain and not focus so much on getting to where they want to go, it slows them down and disrupts what the horse wants. If it requires work they usually don't get in such a hurry to get there. JMHO
     
    03-02-2012, 07:20 PM
  #27
Yearling
Ok gotcha, kind of like Lounging for respect stage 1-2?
     
    03-02-2012, 07:27 PM
  #28
Foal
Red face

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Originally Posted by EmilyJoy    
Ok gotcha, kind of like Lounging for respect stage 1-2?
I don't know what you mean by that but, lounging is what I have always done for 40 years when I had one that was getting hot headed.
     
    03-02-2012, 07:38 PM
  #29
Yearling
Sorry for the confusion... Clinton Anderson does what is called Lounging for respect...Which is sending the horse in one direction, (few more details) then turning him in and sending him out the other way...
     
    03-02-2012, 08:22 PM
  #30
Yearling
You need help from a professional trainer. Just because we can ride, that doesn't mean we can train. (:
     

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