Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Australia, Queensland
he's not doing it out of fear, he's doing it because he thinks if he keeps moving I wont saddle him up. I have been using smacks and my voice but its not working very well, when I do, he puts his head up in the air high, stares at me like he's shocked and he once wouldnt let me near his face even though it wasnt a big smack.
He is making progress now I think, but he still paws at the ground constantly and moves when you put the saddle pad on and go and get the saddle. I defiently don't want to treat him when he act up, it will defiently work against me with him.
The thing with the pony club is very difficult to explain and I'm thinking I may take him somewhere else, also I didnt take him out and ride him that day, I took him out the day before and he really quickly settled in. If he hadnt I would never have rode him out there. His old owner also said he was okay to ride, she saw him and she's an experienced horse lady. He will need to get used to being ridden when he gos places as next year he's going to a different pony club where the horse is floated out in the morning and ridden straight away to do whatever they are doing out there as they don't have facilities such as paddocks, its just an oval kind of paddock. So that's why we took him out there, so he could be around lots of horses and lots of people but far enough away that they didnt stress him out or get to overbearing.
Horseriding- The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.