Join Date: Jun 2011
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It sounds like its either poor breaking or a physical problem. I would strongly recommend getting her checked out by a vet to rule out any issues, otherwise further training could do her serious damage.
If the vet rules injury out, I think clicker training would do her good, or if thats not your thing, normal training without the clicker but with some kind of food reward. Ponies tend to be very food-minded and will often respond well to food incentives. Be careful though, else she might get greedy and expect food every time a person is around.
Either way, I think the best move is to get her trained into good groundwork manners before trying to train her to accept a rider. This helps to build her respect and attentiveness to whomever is handling her. Cover all the basics- walking and stopping properly, turning with you, ect. This is vital, as it sounds like stubbornness is accentuating the problem so she must learn to respect that the humans are in charge and that work is good and fun.
Then gradually build it up into walking with a bridle on, then maybe a saddlepad, then a saddlepad with a strap acting like a girth around her but no saddle, and then the saddle. If she accepts these well enough, short, regular rides with a rider on board with a leadrope attached to her headcollar. Make sure that you stop before she can act up, and gradually increase the time a rider is on.
It will probably be a long process, but it will develop your bond with her and she should, hopefully, come round and be a good riding pony.
Best of luck with her!