Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Highlands, Scotland.
Napping. Oh joy unbounded!
Ok, i've had my pony, Dougal, for 5 months now. He has a severe napping problem which I have been slowly getting him past. He was sold to us as a safe, quite pony with no issues [and man does he have issues] but I think the owner's daughter, who rode him, was scared of him and so let him away with murder. 1-2 weeks after getting him, he started napping and he would rear BIG. In fact, he eventually flipped over during one of his strops and after that stopped rearing and would plant. I tried EVERYTHING you could think of to get him through his napping. I sat for over an hour on him waiting for him to move, haha. Not good.
Eventually my instructor got on him and basically beat him around a bit. After that he improved dramatically and only napped mildly, occasionally. But lately he has decided to start napping again. I know he's is just testing me to see if he can get his own way again. And he's started rearing again. I now know exactly how to handle him and ride him appropriately through his napping strops, but there is one little thing. When he rears up, he spins as soon as he comes down. Which is incredibly frustrating because he spins so fast that I have to turn him towards home to get him facing back in the direction I want. Not a good thing with a napper.
I really don't want to be mauling around at his mouth and he's young so I don't want to "ruin" him, and so I was seeking some advice on how to handle this spinning problem. I know i'll get through this eventually [he is an incredibly stubborn little pony] but I would like to know the best way to handle the situation. Thanks in advance!