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post #1 of 7 Old 03-06-2014, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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Schooling pony that needs schooling!

I bought a horse that was a pony camp horse for a short season. The former owner that had used her for trails etc said she was an honest steady mount with no issues- however now she won't yield to the bit. She is actually better on lunge. I assume that she has learned to ignore all the yanking etc that comes from all the kids.
Can I retrain her at this point? I am using a D ring snaffle.
Advice appreciated.

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post #2 of 7 Old 03-06-2014, 05:54 PM
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I would say if she does better while being lunged, then maybe try voice commands and practice those until she responds well. When you go to ride her use voice commands and a little bit of rein so she eventually starts to realise that when you pull the reins, you want her to stop. If that doesn't work then really use your seat and voice. Hope it works out for ya!
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Keep her in the D-ring snaffle. When your riding make sure your not pulling on both reins at the same time to stop, by pulling on two reins your giving her more leverage to pull against you. Use one rein and you will take away her leverage and get control of her nose. Sit down ask with your body, then use one rein, pull to your hip so your tipping her nose hold the rein until she stops moving her feet. If she is really a broke horse she will stop, if she does not stop then use your leg on the same side as the rein and yield her hind end, then remove your leg but hold her nose until her feet stop moving. Practice on both sides, eventually she will learn to rate your seat and stop before you pick up the reins. It may take a few days and sessions of nothing but teaching her to stop, but the time spent will be worth it.
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I like gssw5 had to say, might take a little while but worth it,
I remember going to a dressage class and doing some ground work.
It was amazing, such small movements , got such big results from the horses.
Make sure, she dose stop, and is reworded. We were using treats.
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Might be best to just focus on using one rein at a time in general while retraining her to softness again- and to answer one of your questions, yes, it is possible :)

The key is getting your release of pressure down well- asking for a bend and a give to the bit and immediate release upon completion so she knows that she is doing the right thing for you.

Good luck!
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As much as you need to pay attention to having her give to the bit, you also need to pay attention to never holding onto the reins when she has given. I mean, never pick up the rein unless you are asking for something to happen, do not release until it does, and never "ride the brakes". So, never have the reins in a static hold while the pony resists in an equally static hold.

It's ALWAYs , pick up rein, ask (and have your seat be saying the same thing), GET a change, reward and release. Always ask with the kind of softness you want her to arrive at after her training. Get as firm as is necessary, but always start soft.
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post #7 of 7 Old 03-09-2014, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I have done bits and pieces of some of the suggestions and had my trainer rider her and see where her biggest issues are. She seems to favor her right turns and fight more on her left. Already she is getting better. It is so sad when a good horse turns bad, but with time- I will find the good horse again!

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