no. not too old.
Well my friend Jahla owns a pony called Punkin and we have decided Jahla and I are going to re train him if we can he is around 21 years old is that to old to retrain a horse?
1. check tack. if the tack is pinching the withers or if he's sore from being overcinched, these are reasons for bucking. 2. check teeth. if his teeth have not been checked by a vet in over 1 year, sharp points and other teeth issues are reasons for a buck, too. 3. only after you can rule out tack and teeth, then you're ready to begin Horses/ponies only buck for 1 reasons: Pain and/or rider error (lack of good communication through the seat/legs/reins)
He bucks and will not do any thing you ask him to do.
Where do we start to re-train him? He is a lovely looking pony but just has a major additude problem. Advice is needed quickly. We are hoping to start re-training him on Monday.
Yes both of us understand it will take time and comitment but we are really comited to this! Please help.
If you're really committed, then I suggest getting some training material so you have it right there in front of you to check back with.
DVds and books are available from all kinds of trainers.
Where to start? Ground work. Like he's an unbroke horse. Teach him to give to pressure (for example, you stand by his side and use the lead line to ask him to flex and then when he's not resisting at all and leaving his head to the side, you tell his hip to move away from you to get the back feet to cross as they move away from you. this can turn into steering and stopping when you move up to riding)
If he's spooky at all, do some desensitizing, too with all kinds of things that move and make noise. Be able to walk around him and wave and flap a plastic bag (work your way up to it). Be able to touch him all over with it, too (again, work your way up to it.)
Lots of approach and retreat.
Then when he's ready there's the under saddle work.
There's lots of stuff to it all, too much detail to write it in a post. That's why your best bet is to get some training material to follow. Nowadays there's lots of easy step by step stuff out there.
good luck and have fun!