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post #1 of 7 Old 07-03-2009, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Odd behaviour under saddle?

I recently bought a 6 year old shetland pony mare for my children. At the moment I'm teaching my 7 year old and 3 year old boys ground work. They're learning grooming, feeding, catching and playing.

I've started them bareback and leading them around on her so they get their balance and the feel of her moving.

I tacked her up and put my 7 year old on and felt he was ready to go around on his own. Thinking she would just wander off around the pen.

But she didn't. She followed me everywhere. If I stopped, she stopped. If I walked off, she walked off.

So, I'm guessing she hasn't been finished out? The people I bought her from used her as a leadline pony. Should I send her to a trainer?

~CoCo 17hh 4 yo OTTB~
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-03-2009, 11:49 PM
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NO, you do NOT need a trainer. This is an easy thing to fix, really. A trainer would be complete over-kill. You can either stay on outside of the ring, or push him away and have the kid direct away from you, or cluck to the horse and push him away, etc. There are many ways--just use your noodle and you will figure something out ;) Keep in mind the horse's flight instinct so don't, you know, wave in his face or something..It's also rather common..Usually they will try to stay with you if they don't want to work..

Most people are like Slinkies; they serve no real purpose, but they bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs.
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Well Sunny is a pretty smart little girl. I'm just used to bigger horses. I take in OTTBs and retrain them. So cool. I can handle it I was just wondering if there was a step missed or something. She's such a young girl I don't want to ruin her.

I can't believe she's only 6 years old and they had already bred her twice. Sheesh.

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post #4 of 7 Old 07-04-2009, 10:51 AM
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Well Sunny is a pretty smart little girl. I'm just used to bigger horses. I take in OTTBs and retrain them. So cool. I can handle it I was just wondering if there was a step missed or something. She's such a young girl I don't want to ruin her.

I can't believe she's only 6 years old and they had already bred her twice. Sheesh.


It sounds maybe like she was a leading pony, which is what allot of Shetlands are, and simply does not know how to rein. Or maybe, being the typical smart pony, she is just hoping that you will get her out of the situation. I suggest going off someplace close where you can hide but keep an eye on her. If she still refuses to budge then she just needs training. If she gives in minds the kids, then she just needs to understand your not getting her out of it.

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So, I'm guessing she hasn't been finished out? The people I bought her from used her as a leadline pony. Should I send her to a trainer?

Oh gees! LOL I missed that the first time but caught it the second time.

Now I feel silly. LOL

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It's possible. If she dosen't know how to stear--well, you could probably teach her that yourself. Ponies are a lil different than horses..IMO, a lil easier, but WAY more stubborn, so be careful :) Try riding in her in a snaffle, maybe for more rein control/contact (ie. Turning, stopping, etc). She will eventually catch on and figure out what you want.

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It's possible. If she dosen't know how to stear--well, you could probably teach her that yourself. Ponies are a lil different than horses..IMO, a lil easier, but WAY more stubborn, so be careful :) Try riding in her in a snaffle, maybe for more rein control/contact (ie. Turning, stopping, etc). She will eventually catch on and figure out what you want.
All she needs to be is ground driven. She's already got the saddle and the rider part down pat. Someone just needs to "put a steering wheel on her".

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