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    03-26-2012, 05:29 PM
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Foal
New pony is very nervous and irrational!

My friend (who is a complete novice) has just bought a pony. He is 7 yrs old 14.1 HH gelding. She was told he had been used in a school with children and wants to learn to ride him and also for her 3 & 4 year old to ride him too. I have offered to help, the problem is this pony is fiesty full of energy. He is not a novice ride! In the arena he is a sweety. He is very thin but he has lots of energy I fear he will have even more energy when he puts on some beef. I took him out for the first time and he went crazy, it was like he had never been out of the arena in his life and at one point he stopped in some long grass, I asked him to go on he started to walk backwards, I asked him again he then had a frenzy of spinning around very quickly and bucking! The next day I went out on him with a friend who had a nice quiet horse for him to follow, he was still very nervous and everything that scared him (the beach/sea , cars, curbs) triggered an irrational response which is like throw you off īn run!!! How can I prepare this pony for a novice family to ride?
     
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    03-28-2012, 12:58 AM
  #2
Weanling
Sounds like he has a long way to go before he would be ready for a novice rider and even once he has had the proper training he is still going to be green and probably not suitable for a novice anyway. What is that old saying, green horse plus green rider = black and blue! ( I learnt that the hard way ) In my eyes a good novice pony is one who is older, has been there done that and is used to children who could easily spook a younger less experienced horse. IMO and I am no expert - I wouldnt risk your friend riding him, let alone putting children on him. It sounds to me like the previous owners may have been a bit dishonest about his past too.
     
    03-28-2012, 01:04 AM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by kiwi79    
Sounds like he has a long way to go before he would be ready for a novice rider and even once he has had the proper training he is still going to be green and probably not suitable for a novice anyway. What is that old saying, green horse plus green rider = black and blue! ( I learnt that the hard way ) In my eyes a good novice pony is one who is older, has been there done that and is used to children who could easily spook a younger less experienced horse. IMO and I am no expert - I wouldnt risk your friend riding him, let alone putting children on him. It sounds to me like the previous owners may have been a bit dishonest about his past too.
My favorite "this horse is bombproof" really? I have a m-80 right here im going to light 10 feet from your horse! I think some of these owners feed the fear in to horses. One day im pushing my son in his stroller at a horse show. "hey your going to spook my horse" I walk on by my horse and he looks at me like "nice stroller! Can I ride next?"
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    03-28-2012, 04:33 AM
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Weanling
I could see how a horse that has never seen a childs stroller might spook at one though - could end badly, especially for the child in the stroller!
I don't believe that many horses are truly 'bombproof' either.
An M80? Lol
     
    03-28-2012, 06:49 AM
  #5
Foal
As he is is not bmy horse I can only advise/help her. But even I am worried for her as I think she doesnīt realise the danger of a young pony! I told her to get somthing older but she didnīt listen! Now I think she has a big problem and no idea how to handle it! Also yes I think the woman who sold him was not very honest at all- canīt understand this why lie you could put some ones life in danger.
     
    03-28-2012, 06:53 AM
  #6
Foal
PS. Ha ha my horse somtimes spooks at strollers, he likes to spook at the bright colours but it also depends on what mood he is in!!!
     
    03-28-2012, 07:47 AM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by biancalilly    
..She was told he had been used in a school with children ...it was like he had never been out of the arena in his life...
That pretty much explains his problem. If he was used as a school/lesson horse, he probably hasn't had much experience outside. He's being taken out of his element, what he knows and feels is safe. It's normal for an arena horse to be spooky outside and a horse just ridden outside to be spooky in an arena. Not much different than taking a country or small town person and putting them in a large city. They feel uncomfortable and overwhelmed.

It may take some time but you just have to get him used to it and expand his comfort zone to include outside.
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    03-28-2012, 07:53 AM
  #8
Started
Older is not always the answer.... sometimes it is temperament. I have a coming 7 year old I would put my 9 year old granddaughter on. He is a good boy and very quiet.

It is quiet possible the horse has never been out of the arena. I know plenty of people it seems who never work their horse outside of an arena...I agree with usandpets. You took him out of his element and he is nervous...

Good luck!
     
    03-28-2012, 11:43 PM
  #9
Weanling
Maybe might be best to slowly start introducing him to the outside world on foot? If he is fine in an arena then yeah, maybe that's all he knows but I would still be a little worried that even in an arena with a novice on him he could still spook.
Definitely age doesnt always mean a better temperament especially if the horse hasnt been exposed to much but I would still be looking for someone older for kids. Has your friend ridden him in an arena yet and if so how was he?
People do it all the time when selling horses - not being 100% honest to make a quick buck. But possibly your friend fell in love with him and followed her heart instead of her head which happens all the time, I have done it too!
     
    03-29-2012, 12:19 AM
  #10
Showing
He may have been fine at his previous home. Horses read people in a heartbeat. He's moved to a new place but it doesn't sound like he's been given a chance to settle in. Leaving his old home is very unsettling/stressful for horses. The grain he is getting could account for his energy. Perhaps wean him off and up his hay. If he's in a stall, turn him out first to run off excess energy. Perhaps take him for walks around the place and just spend hang out time with him.
     

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