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post #1 of 16 Old 11-01-2010, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Aggressive new pony, charges when lunging

This is more of a rant than anything...

So my aunt was talked into buying a new pony, and I was talked into helping her teach it some manners.

Oh boy does she need them! I started to teach her to respect my space and to allow me to catch her over the weekend. I had her going well in line (lunging both directions and backing up) the last time I had worked her.

Well, On Friday she did not want to be caught. Okay fine, looks like I need to teach her to catch me. I began to go over the same lessons I knew she knew (ie you face me you get to rest, you give me your hienny you're gonna work) she started off by simply trying to ignore me, and then she decided she just wasn't going to have any of it, turned and charged me.

Ears pinned, teeth bared coming straight for me at a canter- the whole 9 yards. Boy was she was surprised when I took a jump toward her and she met with the end of my lunge whip across her neck! When I connected she stopped dead in her tracks and just looked totally shocked. I can only imagine she's gotten away with being a bully at her previous home. Sorry Hun, that's not gonna fly here.

I promptly chased her butt away from the herd (the two other horses in the pasture) as fast as I darn well could, scolding her as I chased. A few moments later (once I had walked back to the other horses, gave scritches and was able to catch my breath) I went back to her to continue working her (still off line) as if nothing had happened. She still didn't want to be caught, so back to moving her feet. Initially she lunged around me just fine but again decided she didn't want to and would rather charge a 2nd time. She met a similar fate only this time I connected with her cheek and didn't just chase her butt away, I kept her moving for a good 5 minutes (long for her, she's been sitting in a 30x30 for the last 2 years).

By the end of our little lesson (my second time working with her) she was joined up/following well, backing up 4-5 steps, yielding her hind quarters 2-3 steps and I could send her around me both directions, yielding her HQ to whoa and I put her halter on and took it off a few times cor good measure. I finished with desensitizing and gave her a carrot.

I'm very interested to see how our next session goes.

What would you have done in this situation?

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post #2 of 16 Old 11-01-2010, 04:52 PM
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Amen! All you did is what I would have! Good for you!
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Nothing to add-you were brilliant!

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Lol, thanks. That little twit had it coming. I sure hope it sinks in, but my aunt says she's afraid to go in there with her durring feeding time so she must still be acting 'testy'. Then again my aunt doesn't like to raise her voice; she's always afraid the pony is going to end up afraid of her... lol.

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post #5 of 16 Old 11-02-2010, 05:53 PM
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Very good job. You made her realize that you were the alpha horse, and that her crap was not going to fly. Now that she knows were her place in the herd in she should be much more willing to please.
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Very good job. You made her realize that you were the alpha horse, and that her crap was not going to fly. Now that she knows were her place in the herd in she should be much more willing to please.
I sure hope so. I haven't had a chance to work with her again, probaly won't until Friday. My aunt however... she needs to realize that I'm not being cruel in doing so, and until she steps up and asserts herself as the alpha mare her pony will continue to be nasty to her. No amount of work I do with that mare will change the interaction between the two of them.

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post #7 of 16 Old 11-02-2010, 07:47 PM
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I was taught that in ground work, if the horse "pushes" on you, you must meet their pressure with the same amount, and a little bit more. So, that pony mare pushed REAL hard on you and you need to push back, REAl hard + one. You did well. I hope that I could do as well, were it me being charged. I might have flinched, I dunno.
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You did everything I would have. Good luck with her!
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Great job! Please post more on her progress!
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post #10 of 16 Old 11-04-2010, 02:47 PM
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Only thing different I would have done, is work her harder and longer than the 5 minutes. Good job getting after her tho.
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