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post #1 of 4 Old 02-24-2007, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Pony attitudes

Hey all,
I have a 16 YO Mountain Welsh (well, he's my daughter's anyway) that stays at my aunt's place. I'm able to be with him twice a week and I spend time with him, but other than that he doesn't get near the attention he needs. His pasture mate is a 16 YO Clydesdale mix who was born at my aunt's. When my aunt bought him three years ago, she also bought the surrey that he pulled often. Long story short, after not being handled in a while, the last time she hitched him up he nearly took them into the ditch. I've been working with him some and have been able to put the saddle on him with no problem, but my aunt says it's the bit that he hates. Ordinarily he is a spunky, friendly, sometimes jealous pony, but when it comes to putting a bit on him, he stands his ground. What can I do with the little time I'm able to spend with him (BTW, the reason I'm out there only twice a week is because it's a 40 mile drive one way). Oh yeah, also, is that a normal temperment for Welsh ponies? Sorry this is so long. Thanks for reading my novel. :)

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post #2 of 4 Old 02-24-2007, 06:12 PM
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Sounds like a pain issue. Have a vet or equine dentist check his teeth. At his age, I'm sure he needs a check-up and more then likely some sort of adjustment.
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post #3 of 4 Old 02-25-2007, 01:01 AM
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yea i agree.. but if its not a health problem, ponies are famous for their famous stubborn attitude that make up for their size . also, the pony could relate bits to working and negative ideas, so maybe try to bridle him, walk him around for a little and then unbridle him, or you could do a fun trail ride.

one more thing, you could think of getting him a leaser since you can't come out that often so then he gets out and gets more attention.

best of luck!
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post #4 of 4 Old 02-26-2007, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input. I haven't tried to put the bit on him myself so I'm basically going by my aunt's word. I'm going out there tomorrow and will try.

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