Training a 7yr old Mustang cross pony.....

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    09-13-2008, 07:43 PM
Training a 7yr old Mustang cross pony.....

I'm training - for his first time and mine - a 7-year-old Mustang cross pony owned by Sambo's owners (They own ten horses). I have a plan throughout his training time of what to do, and with my Mom's assistance, I know what to do.
We started "Star"'s training after he got over a bit of a colic, trying on my English saddle and mounting. He did great just standing there, so we came back a couple days later and I brought him out and groomed him. HIs big problem is being caught and I have a few plans, but any tips on fixing that would be appreciated.
The next week, I caught him and saddled him in a western saddle because I had changed the gullet in my Wintec to be narrower for Sam and figured it would be too narrow for Star. I put on the bridle, bit and all, and he chewed on it, acting like it was driving him mad (which it was). So, I mounted, and Mom led us around. Star was ticked. He felt like if Mom would have unclipped the lead rope, It would have been a rodeo. So, I begged Mom to take out the bridle. She did, and he was less anxious after. Even through the cheap, hard saddle, he still felt like reenacting a rodeo.
So, we ended that day on a good note.
We have plans for the problems with the bit: Put it on and give him food.
And plans for the catching issues: Reward him when he comes, and just plain make him get over it !
I plan on using English tack and a rope halter, and I really wanted to share this with you because I have wanted to train a horse in this exact situation.

Does anyone have any tips? Ideas? Pointers?

I'll eventually get pictures of Star and post them with his profile in my horses:
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    09-13-2008, 08:46 PM
Green Broke
Hey there! Congrats on the training endevour. It's a lot of work....boy let me tell you lol. I started my guy with groundwork because he knew nothing and i've just been taking it slow because he's only 2 1/2.

How much experience does star have?

Biggest thing I can think of at the moment is just take it slow and easy and have patience. There will be tons of tears, and many happy days.
    09-17-2008, 02:41 PM
Yeah, I believe you! He's seven, like I said, and, well, here's what he does so far:

On the ground; backs up, turns, lets me pick up his feet, saddles, and I've mounted so far, and mom led us around. I think that's just about all the experience he has, oh, and he doesn't lunge.

I am giving him as much patience as possible . . . Ex. When I went to catch him yesterday, he tried to lead me on a wild goose chase. I know how attached he is to his food, so I got a bucket of his grain (he's allergic to the stuff that the rest of the horses get, and alfalfa, according to his owner) and that was the end of it. He came up to me like I was his most favorite person in the world. But, I didn't let him have any until he was officially captured. I try hard not to get frustrated, and so far, he's only done one thing - try to nip.
He did that yesterday, on my pant leg, and I scolded him the first time. (He was also miffed because I had just taken him for a walk and he wanted to get back to his buddies, not stand there while my mom chatted with his owner) Then he went for my hand, and I popped him on the nose, with a firm "No". He didn't go for me again, but went for my mom instead. She pinched his nose, scolded him, and he didn't do it again.

Also, my parents are looking to change internet service providers, so I might change accounts on here. I'm not sure what my new username 'll be, but something to do with Star and Sam...I'll try to get a picture tomorrow of them together, show it to you (and put it on the topic I started in the "General" category) and it will be my avatar. Pray that I'll remember the camera!!
    09-17-2008, 04:28 PM
Green Broke
It's good you have patience! First thing I would like to say is that getting him to come to you with grain is a big no no. He needs to be able to be caught without being bribed. The best thing to do would be to go out there when you have a ton of time to spend (maybe hours) and sit be around him in the field. Maybe not follow him around because he might turn that into a game (although i've heard that sometimes they get bored of you following and give up). I would personally go up and start petting and loving on his pasture mates (maybe even brushing them,ect.) He could get very curious and come over to you, then you give him a small treat and love up on him. Another thing to do would be when you catch him (preferably without the bribe) stay out there and love up on him, scratching, grooming, ect. Then leave him alone. Do this for several days or until you start to see a difference in his attitude. Right now, he might think that everytime you come out there, it means it's time to work, so he has all that pasture to be a butthead.

Another thing I've heard is to go out there and just sit in the pasture and he will most likely than not get curious and come up to you over time (but this could take hours). Sorry that's all the advice I have on that, maybe someone else has something to add??

Yes, definitely get him in the nose with a pinch or a pop. Just don't swing too much at his face, he could become head shy.

Good luck!
    09-18-2008, 06:57 PM
Well, see, his pasture buddies are a mini mule (actually a hinny) and two miniature donkeys. He's more attached to his friends over the fence.
Today, I went down to catch him, and he saw me and neighed :P !! Of course, he was in a stall next to his friends who were neighing at me, but still, he was looking at me when he did.
I didn't use grain, in fact. I went to his side, not his head, and started petting his back, working up his neck and then to his head, so I caught him without him turning away. That method seems to work better, although he still trys to nip if he is in a situation where he wants to do something. Something I read in a John Lyons book, called, "The three second rule". If they nip you, for example, throw your arms in the air and make them think they're going to die . Then, after three seconds, stop, and start loving on them. My mom did that when Buck reared while she was riding , and she made him think his life was over. Then she patted his neck and got back on (because she had gotten off). I plan on eventually ponying Star on trail rides eventually, so today I figured I'd get him and Sam together to get them used to each other. But Star has the usual pony complex, or "Short man's complex". He squealed and pawed at Sam, who did the same thing, but without the squeal. But with me between them, I managed to get them to pose for this picture:

Thanks so much for chatting with me about this, free-sprtd!!

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