Originally Posted by Chasin Ponies
I have to ask, do you really want to spend the time and aggravation on a pony that may or may not ever be safe for your daughter? It sounds like you got a lot more (and a lot less!) than you bargained for.
There are thousands of ponies for sale out there for practically nothing that at least are basically safe if not perfectly trained. I'm suggesting you sell her and be honest about her bad and potentially dangerous habits(rolling). Or keep her as a companion for the safe one.
Standing while tied is the first thing you have to teach her. This fighting for 45 minutes to get a bridle on is unacceptable. Tie her up every day for at least an hour. Mess with her head during that time.
One of my lesson horses was (and still can be) very head shy. The guy who "trained" him before I bought him would twist his ear completely around and force his head down for clipping.
Over the last 8 years I have made a lot of progress with him but he still
has his fearful moments. At first I did have to tie him up short to put a bridle on him. I hated it but it was the only way. He did fight some but he was at least trained to tie. With a LOT of time and gentle handling he has gotten to the place where I and only 3 other people can bridle him without him fighting it. He will never completely get over what was done to him.
Re-think your ownership of this pony-he has too many issues and this just ain't fun anymore.
None of this has been funny for me at any point and time....
I take it very seriously. That is why I'm on this forum.
I went youtubing yesterday and realized she is a head shy and ear shy pony. Twice yesterday I went out and starting petting her head and ears gently. She would let me until I got to the tips. But not without jerking back, small motions.
I have $600 in this pony and if I resale and be honest about her behaviors, I will not get anywhere near that back.
I will train this horse if it is the last thing I do. I don't like to give up. That is not my personality.
The bit was the only thing I force on this pony, mainly because my husband was helping and he did things his way.
I am very gentle, maybe to gentle and loving with this pony.
I'm going to continue to rub her head and ears and maybe start taking the lead line slowly over her head to get her use to it.
And she doesn't let you halter her either, I found that out real quick, that is why I leave it on her at all time.