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    07-31-2012, 04:03 AM
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Foal
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Hello!
I help a lady with her pony, who at the moment in not being ridden by anyone. She has been ridden, but not on a regular basis. She's mostly there as a companion for the gelding. Recently, I was lucky enough to be allowed to work with her, since I wanted to be around horses and the lady was nice enough to allow it. I have had a few riding lessons, know the basics of riding, but only do ground work with the pony. We plan on eventually getting me on her. The main problem is, the lady believes that the pony will bolt as soon as we get in the round pin. Is there anything I can do to prevent, solve, or just sit it out until she calms down? Our main goal is to eventually trail ride with her one day :) Thanks!
     
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    07-31-2012, 04:22 AM
  #2
Trained
Need more info on exactly what's going on to give much meaningful advice. Such as what experience she's had in a round pen & with this woman - many people do ask a horse to run 'away' from them in a round pen, which they often do in fear & without understanding. So she could have learned that this environment is scary & she's meant to run. In that case, I would probably stay out of the round pen, at least until she's gained trust in you & learned the basics.

What is your experience with training? What is 'the lady's'? If you aren't very experienced or confident, I would personally advise you find a good trainer, to at least help you with the horse, because well meaning inadvertent lessons can really stuff up a horse, also be potentially dangerous to the handler.
     
    07-31-2012, 11:43 AM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by loosie    
Need more info on exactly what's going on to give much meaningful advice. Such as what experience she's had in a round pen & with this woman - many people do ask a horse to run 'away' from them in a round pen, which they often do in fear & without understanding. So she could have learned that this environment is scary & she's meant to run. In that case, I would probably stay out of the round pen, at least until she's gained trust in you & learned the basics.

What is your experience with training? What is 'the lady's'? If you aren't very experienced or confident, I would personally advise you find a good trainer, to at least help you with the horse, because well meaning inadvertent lessons can really stuff up a horse, also be potentially dangerous to the handler.
Since she isn't ridden, all her working out is done in the round pen. We will usually lunge, and then get her running around for a while until she gets tired (We know she is because she will stop and walk up to you, as if to say "Enough." We stop at this point.) So, she is taught to run away, but not unless someone is holding a lunge whip. If you're not, chances are she'll follow you, or look around to graze.

My experience with training.... Is absolutely 0. I'm a teenager who has looked everywhere to see if someone was kind enough to teach me about horses, since I took a liking to them since I was extremely little. So, I'm not experienced, but I'm pretty confident when it comes to the pony. As for the lady, she has had horses since the beginning of her adulthood (I think?). She's very experienced and has been teaching me everything I know.
     
    07-31-2012, 12:07 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Destane    
Since she isn't ridden, all her working out is done in the round pen. We will usually lunge, and then get her running around for a while until she gets tired (We know she is because she will stop and walk up to you, as if to say "Enough." We stop at this point.) So, she is taught to run away, but not unless someone is holding a lunge whip. If you're not, chances are she'll follow you, or look around to graze.

My experience with training.... Is absolutely 0. I'm a teenager who has looked everywhere to see if someone was kind enough to teach me about horses, since I took a liking to them since I was extremely little. So, I'm not experienced, but I'm pretty confident when it comes to the pony. As for the lady, she has had horses since the beginning of her adulthood (I think?). She's very experienced and has been teaching me everything I know.
Hi, don't want to be critical but you say the pony stops and comes up to you as if to say it has had enough. You should be the one to stop the pony. You should be watching for relaxation, licking their lips, putting their head down. Try not to let the pony decide when it has had enough, or once on its back it will try to make it's own decisions as well. I don't personally lunge just to lunge but use it as a tool for voice command and I change directions a lot, a horse just running around in a circle until it tires doesn't really teach it anything. Imo Walk, trot, and canter on your command and directions change should be a lot of the point in lunging.
Good LUck
     
    07-31-2012, 12:43 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by chandra1313    
Hi, don't want to be critical but you say the pony stops and comes up to you as if to say it has had enough. You should be the one to stop the pony. You should be watching for relaxation, licking their lips, putting their head down. Try not to let the pony decide when it has had enough, or once on its back it will try to make it's own decisions as well. I don't personally lunge just to lunge but use it as a tool for voice command and I change directions a lot, a horse just running around in a circle until it tires doesn't really teach it anything. Imo Walk, trot, and canter on your command and directions change should be a lot of the point in lunging.
Good LUck
xD I see. Thanks for the tip. I'll keep that in mind next time :)
     
    07-31-2012, 01:00 PM
  #6
Showing
Try saddling her and taking her to the pen. No halter, no line. Just turn her loose and stand in the middle with your shoulders slumped. Let her do as she wants. If she runs and bucks just leave her be. Don't let her approach you when she stops but just change her direction. She'll figure out that bucking and running is a waste of her energy. When she stops walk to her with the halter, if she moves away then make her move but no more than three circles and try for no more than a trot. You are just making her move her feet ie telling her what to do. Her running, outside the pen, may be caused by her being barn or companion as both represent security.
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