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post #1 of 3 Old 08-13-2008, 04:50 AM Thread Starter
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Lazy pony won't go off lead! PLEASE HELP

Hi all

I have a gorgeous Sec A lead rein pony who has been very successful in the showing world however, my daughter is now ready to come off lead and the pony won't move.

We love her so much and would rather not sell her if we could do something about it. She is 13 years ols and i'm wondering if she's too old to teach?

My daughter is only 6 and doesn't have much leg so we've tried a stick but she still won't move :( Currently she's just eating grass and through the winter she is fed blue horse hage and calm and condition.

On the lead she is lazy and has to be tugged round as opposed to gliding round like most of the others (this said she always does well?)

She will go off lead begrudgingly for older children and will hack out off lead quite happily but will only trot if the pony in front trots first.

WE LOVE OUR PONY AND ARE DESPERATE TO KEEP HER. Can anyone shed some light on what we could do to get her moving forwards. She is a super super safe pony and is 110% loved.

I am new to the horsey world and have little experience in schooling ponies...please someone SAVE OUR PONY!
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-13-2008, 02:04 PM
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You can try lunging her with your daughter on her. Have your daughter squeaze her to walk on and say "walk on", and if she ignores follow up with the lunge whip. Same to get into the trot (if your daughter is ready for that). It may take her a few rides to become responsive to your daughter but eventually it should work. Once you take her off the lunge you can still be close by with the lunge whip if she ignores your daughter's aides.

She's just used to being a lead line pony, and packing little kids around. Naturally she's not going to respond to their aides, as up until this point she really hasn't had to. She just needs to learn to respect your daughter's aides, and your daughter with time will learn to be more direct and forceful with her aides. She's 6, so the pony most likely barely even feels her up there kicking away. :)


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post #3 of 3 Old 08-13-2008, 02:18 PM
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Yes, you can try lunging, or you can also try having a little more experienced rider on her and have him/her ride the pony for a while then trying again with your daughter. ;)
Since your daughter doesnt have strong enough legs, it might be a little difficult.. :/ Then, if a more stronger/experienced rider rides the pony a little and gets it to go nicely, but your daughter still cant get it to react when she kicks or whips the pony, then its the lack of respect.. :/

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