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    02-02-2013, 02:59 PM
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Foal
Willing to learn but is very dominate!

I am having a few issues with my Shetland pony Binky. He is 5 years old and I have owned him for the past 2 years and he was originally brought as a companion to my riding horse. But he is so intelligent and such a pretty boy I would love to be doing more with him, he is a full up stocky 11.2hh skewbald but I am to big to ride him Im 5'9 and 11 stone. So I would love to do Liberty games, tricks, in hand showing and progress onto driving when I can afford to. All these are things I wish to do with him given time and money, but I am doing the basics at home with him which he is picking up extremely fast!
But Binky has a mind of his own, very bolshy and head strong. The main things that I am struggling with is
1. When leading he is a gent, but when we stop he always turns head first towards me and will not turn away from me, to the point of throwing his head around and doing little bunny hops! This is with a Headcollar on so his teeth are not a problem and when we are walking together with nothing between us he happyly turns away from me! He always wants to play or have the lead rein in his mouth when being lead also! Cute but not helpful!
2. He bites! Always towards pockets or hands, this I know is a result of him being hand fed a lot as a youngster but he has never grown out of it, after 2 years of not getting hand fed, what more can I do!
He has many other quirks but these are the min issues apart from these Binky is progressing well, he has learnt a few tricks and we have been practising jumping liberty games style and he is loving every minute!
Any advice would be sooo helpful!
Andrea and Binky
     
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    02-02-2013, 03:36 PM
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Showing
Do you use a rope halter? If not, they are cheap and horses listen better with them. Grab a riding crop or stick and put it in your left hand. Don't hold him under the chin but give him about an arm's length of rope. Decide where you are going to walk and focus on that. That is where you are going. Try not to look at him but take the attitude "we are going there". If he hesitates wave the crop behind you a little as a warning for him to keep moving. Don't turn around. If he doesn't move turn your body a little so your stick will connect with him. Stay focus farther away. When you focus like this your shoulders tell him where you are going. As you walk, suddenly flap your elbow toward his head. Do this if his head starts coming toward you. If you connect, he'll be more mindful. Then do it randomly. His lead is long enough to allow him to walk straight. Work on this and let us know how it goes.
     
    02-02-2013, 11:17 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by SallesMother    
I am having a few issues with my Shetland pony Binky. He is 5 years old and I have owned him for the past 2 years and he was originally brought as a companion to my riding horse. But he is so intelligent and such a pretty boy I would love to be doing more with him, he is a full up stocky 11.2hh skewbald but I am to big to ride him Im 5'9 and 11 stone. So I would love to do Liberty games, tricks, in hand showing and progress onto driving when I can afford to. All these are things I wish to do with him given time and money, but I am doing the basics at home with him which he is picking up extremely fast!
But Binky has a mind of his own, very bolshy and head strong. The main things that I am struggling with is
1. When leading he is a gent, but when we stop he always turns head first towards me and will not turn away from me, to the point of throwing his head around and doing little bunny hops! This is with a Headcollar on so his teeth are not a problem and when we are walking together with nothing between us he happyly turns away from me! He always wants to play or have the lead rein in his mouth when being lead also! Cute but not helpful!
2. He bites! Always towards pockets or hands, this I know is a result of him being hand fed a lot as a youngster but he has never grown out of it, after 2 years of not getting hand fed, what more can I do!
He has many other quirks but these are the min issues apart from these Binky is progressing well, he has learnt a few tricks and we have been practising jumping liberty games style and he is loving every minute!
Any advice would be sooo helpful!
Andrea and Binky
I'm not sure what you mean he will not turn away from you, are you trying to lunge or send him with the lead line. I do agree get a rope halter if you aren't using one, it makes it easier for them to get a message with that than the web halters.
If he puts the lead in his mouth while leading, what I would do is swing the end of the lead rope around you and bop him with it. He will soon learn that every time he puts that lead in his mouth he's going to get a bop with the lead.
It's too bad people ruin good horses with hand feeding them treats! I don't hand feed any of my horses or boarded horses here. I would carry a riding crop with me or a training stick and any time he comes in close to you looking for treats move him back by tapping on his chest, sometimes a real stubborn horse will need a good whack to get the messge across. You don't want to nag him or make a game out of it either.
Have you done any ground work with him, teaching him to respect your space and only come in when asked? I would do alot of backing with him, moving his hind/front quarters away from you.....this will also get him paying better attention to you.....
     

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