Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I've recently begun teaching my Paint to pony. We've had issues because although we've corrected her manners on the ground, it really doesn't always translate into other areas. She knows better then to lag or haul on me on the ground, but for ponying it's like she "knows" I can't do boo about it and she'll walk like a mule, dragging her feet, and drifting behind my pony horse if I'm not HAULING on her face.
I finally got fed up, so working in an arena and with a dependable pony horse (LOL, my Arab, she's actually good when I need to depend on her) I dallied the rope to my horn (don't tie, it was firmly wrapped but could easily come loose in an emergency) and carried a Dressage whip (your pony horse has to be ace with whips) and tapped her on the butt any time I gave her a command that she chose to ignore. In no time flat, she was keeping that head right at my knee where I wanted it. We worked on sharp turns in both directions, much like on the ground, to teach her I ALWAYS want that nose at my knee (shoulder on the ground). She learned to pay attention, and also to trot to catch up when making a wide circle.
Also, because I am brilliant, (LOL!!!) Jynx has different voice commands then Zierra. So my verbal cue for Jynx to trot is different then any cue that Zierra knows and thus makes it easier to handle Jynx and make her speed up without Zierra thinking she should break a walk. However, ideally Zierra shouldn't know ANY verbal cues, but I was a dumb teenager so I have to live with that mistake!
Best of luck!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.