I am from South Africa, which should explain the pony's weird breed name. I have been riding now for 7 years and training for 3. I have a deep passion for horses and enjoy their company and characters. I focus mainly on groundwork, in which I believe the foundation MUST be placed solidly until the horse is ridden. I generally train trail(english & western style) and western but can train english which is what this pony is meant to be trained in.
Name: Kingsdale Conqueror
Colour: Light Dapple Gray
Here's the story: I have been training the pony mentioned above since August 2012(Backed in July) and we have been going so well! I set all the training in place. I put all sorts of different tack on him so that he got used to it all and he took it like a champ. He has a bit of an attitude and when anyone else rides or tries to work with him, he gets pushy and aggressive.
I took him to his first show in November 2012 and it was his first time in the arena. We got all clears. No wins because I was taking it slowly and letting him stay level-headed. His second show was in early December 2012 and it was his second show and first away show and, even though he spooked at a few things, he got round the course, again, with clears. He is so brave and honest it is scary.
Then, at his second home show(he is kept with my friend on her farm right next to the equestrian centre) he started giving problems. He was running around in the lunge ring, tossing his head and just running around in circles. Once I caught him, he calmed down completely. He was calm while I tacked up too. I then hopped on him and walked down to the warm up arena and he was fine. We were fine warming up too. As soon as we touched the arena, he lost his head, which was totally unexpected. I have trained him to move forward with the lighted touch(as I refuse to ride with spurs, whips and I refused to kick a horse hard unless it is needed) which he did. He started spooking at everything. I stopped right in the middle of the arena and let him calm down(it was a training show, so no one minded at all) and then moved on and started the round. What followed was a nightmare(excuse the pun). He sticking his head in the air like a giraffe and refused to turn right! We finished the round with a clear.... but he still would not turn right!
Still to this day, no matter how much I work with him, on the ground and in the saddle, he still will not turn right without extreme ways(I have to put my leg on and only then can I ask him to turn right).
Anyone know what I can do to try and sort this out! It is his ONLY problem at the moment, otherwise he would make a SPECTACULAR pony show winner! I am currently jumping him for the owner. I want to do cross country and dressage but we have to sort out this problem first!
Thank you so much,
SA Trail Rider