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post #1 of 7 Old 11-03-2010, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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My new project pony!

Ok so I am going to be breaking a pony 14 hh black nf called whisper ( same as mine ) 6 yrs old. But I went to see it today and believe it has been beaten, scars etc. Pony will not lunge to the left, anyone got any suggestions as to how to help the problem ? X
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-03-2010, 10:52 PM
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Well, just because it "may or may not" have been abused in it's lifetime, don't treat it any differently than any horse who's not been trained at all.

Will you have to spend more time in some areas? Sure, but don't let the horse walk all over you, just because you are afraid to correct bad manners...he is still a horse, and he can still hurt, or kill you, regardless of how he's been treated. Gain his respect, just like you would any other horse.

If you don't know how to get a horse lunging, you may want to get a trainer to work along side you. Lunging is all about body language, and position, and if you've got that down, lunging should be easy to get the horse to do, regardless of whether he "knows" how to or not...it's a bit rocky at first, but if he understands your body language, you should be able to get him going. Maybe try doing some round penning, to solidify your own cueing, but if that still doesn't work, you may need someone who's worked with horses, to help you through the process. Good luck.

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Start just by sending him back and forth on the lunge line between you and a fence. This will teach him the body language you will use to send him left. Start on a short lead line and work to long until you can send him all the way around to the left. Good luck.
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-04-2010, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Well, just because it "may or may not" have been abused in it's lifetime, don't treat it any differently than any horse who's not been trained at all.

Will you have to spend more time in some areas? Sure, but don't let the horse walk all over you, just because you are afraid to correct bad manners...he is still a horse, and he can still hurt, or kill you, regardless of how he's been treated. Gain his respect, just like you would any other horse.

If you don't know how to get a horse lunging, you may want to get a trainer to work along side you. Lunging is all about body language, and position, and if you've got that down, lunging should be easy to get the horse to do, regardless of whether he "knows" how to or not...it's a bit rocky at first, but if he understands your body language, you should be able to get him going. Maybe try doing some round penning, to solidify your own cueing, but if that still doesn't work, you may need someone who's worked with horses, to help you through the process. Good luck.

Thankyou for your reply, it is not however that I don't know how to lunge, infact I have brought on ponies before, but this is quite diifferent, it is not naughty its scared for one thing. As soon as you ask her to go left she charges right at you, on the right rein however she is fine. X

Thanks again x
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Start just by sending him back and forth on the lunge line between you and a fence. This will teach him the body language you will use to send him left. Start on a short lead line and work to long until you can send him all the way around to the left. Good luck.

Thankyou, I have had a go with having her on a very short line and even someone leading her to the left with me holding the lunge, she is genuingly scared though and as soon as the person lets go she charges at me. X
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I'm a firm believer of some bad "behavior" stems from pain as well as psychological input. Can you get her looked over by a vet or horse chiro? It may be worth the trip.
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-04-2010, 11:17 PM
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Charging you is not necessarily a 'scared' response...and is ALWAYS a disrespectful response, I don't care how you want to coat it.

I do agree with Cinder on atleast getting a vet check to rule out pain, or illness factors...but, that said, lunging is not your issue here; you need to gain her respect and trust, period...

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