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    02-05-2008, 12:44 PM
new pony has naughty trick

I rescued my new shatland pony from a coal cellar in london. The ppl who had bought her did not really know how to deal with a pony, and she has learned to set her neck and tank off on the lead rein- like if she sees something (like a nice piece of grass) obviously the last owners did not know how to lead a pony properly. With a bigger pony I would push my elbow in to it's neck ( gently) to break the "neck lock" but she is far to small for this, and she has tried to drag me off. Obviously I am spending lots of time leading her correctly, but does anyone have any tips to help stop he locking her neck in this way??

It is not nastyness as she is a lovely pony, and it is just that she has been spoiled so I di not want to get hard on her, or use a bit at this stage, as I feel that she will just hurt her mouth and pull even more! She is a standard english shetland a so is VERY stocky - and strong
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    02-05-2008, 03:17 PM
You should try a rope halter; they are harsher than nylon or leather,and will help to get the point across easier. I would suggest getting one from Sunset Halters, You can get them with extra knots in the noseband, or a wrapped noseband for added control.
    02-06-2008, 03:33 PM
You could also use a chain lead rope.
    02-06-2008, 03:47 PM
You should try a rope halter; they are harsher than nylon or leather,and will help to get the point across easier.
I don't think rope halters are harsher. They have less material for the horse to lean on, and the knots kept get the horse's attention. Nylon and leather halters have more material and make it easier for the horse to lean against them.
    02-06-2008, 03:49 PM
I would look into natural horsemanship.. either Parelli, or Clinton Anderson. They are all about gaining respect. I use Parelli and already it has worked wonders. I do know other members have used Clinton Anderson so they will know more information on that than I can.
    02-10-2008, 12:37 PM
Thanks for your suggestions. I think you are right about the parelli/nat horsemanship halters. I had one for my arab stallion and her was a dream to lead in it. I've had a quick look round, and i'm going to have to get one specially made up for her as her head is so small!!

Thanks :)
    02-11-2008, 08:45 PM
Hi toby and shelly,
I read your post and the first thing tht came to mind was using a bridle just for a while and then slowly progressing onto a chain halter...(although can be expensive) work a teat. They are most commonly seen on Stallions and youngsters although they are also commonly used on show horses for in-hand classes. Alll you will have to do is when ever your shetland pony, well known for being little brats, tries to take off just give a little yank not to harsh because they are only small and you don't want to cause him to not like the chain as they are handy. Then within no time at all you should be able to lead him through, over and around anything :) :) :) :)
    02-13-2008, 02:14 PM
I have thought about using a bridle for extra control, but she tends to set her neck rather than her head (if that makes any sense) - i'd rather avoid the bit untill she will accept my authority. It is getting clearer that she has just been aloud to get away with these things in the past, and knows no better. She is leading a little better now - walking "to heel" rather than dragging, but will still try it on for a tasty bit of grass!
I've started lunging now, we are about 3 lessons in an she's getting the idea, evry now and then she will just turn away from me and "set" herself against me.
As you say they can be brats, my other shetland - 14yars old , I had him from a 3 yo is 100% for me, and riding or driving a perfect schoolmaster, but I wouldn't leave him near a novice even now as if he senses weakness he will still try and dominate them on the ground!

Once a phesant landed in his field about 10meters away, and he was grazing, and he stopped grazing to go over and kick it - just out of spite!!! :roll:

Bless him, i'll be heartbroken when he dies!!
    02-13-2008, 03:27 PM
I still recommend chained lead ropes.

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