HELP! White pony, evil ears!
Ok so I have a horse show coming up on Saturday. I'm taking Marlea and Moo, and Moo's got a lot of white on her. I gave her a bath but it seemed to me she just got dirtier after it! :-(
And with Marlea, she's always cranky! Her ears are RIGHT back, how can I make her prick her ears?
Can't help you with the un-white coat problem, sorry. Lots and lots of elbow grease and a whitening shampoo, perhaps?
As for the pissy pony, catche her attention in the show ring. When you're lining up, cluck to her, catch her interest, give a faint jiggle on the lead if you need. The main thing is to keep her focus on you and keep her interested.
Whitening shampoo and muscle every day for a week with a blanket or sheet when she isnt being washed. I have a tobiano paint so i know the feeling x.X white legs... 4 of em
For the other, try giving her treats. Put em in your pocket with some kind of wrapper. Crinkle the wrapper then give her the treat. Do this until she understands what the crinkling means. When its your turn to be judged (in halter im guessing) crinkle the wrapper and she'll expect a treat and should have her head and ears up waiting for her treat. Read this one in a horse magazine. =)
My slightly cranky boy was introduced to clicker training. At first it was c/t for touching the target (an small vitamin bottle taped to a riding crop). Once that was down pat I stopped treating until his ears came forward. I caused this to happen by moving it higher which sparked his interest. c/t. He caught on pretty quick to that. He didn't like my hand touching his neck just behind his ears. When he put his ears forward when reaching for the target I clicked then removed my hand and treated. Now he's a polite horse and is never cranky with people.This work advanced to putting the nose band of his halter on. c/t and removing it, many times. Now if I click first he tries to get his nose in the halter and of course it treated for doing so and his ears are forward.
I've never had to deal with a grey horse, but I do have a brown with lots-o-chrome. In all seriousness and honesty, his white legs are never brighter than after he comes in from the pasture caked with mud. I let the mud dry completely, and then clean the dry mud off - I swear, any yellow/green/brown stains underneath come right off with the mud, and I'm just left with a little dust that a damp cloth will take right off.
I've also made a thick, muddy paste with cornstarch and water to glob onto stained white markings. Just glob it on, making sure it's thick enough to not run absolutely everywhere, and let it dry. Clean off the dried paste with a stiff brush, use a fine brush or damp rag to get rid of any remaining dust, and that white hair will sparkle!
For grumpy ponies in the show ring, I like to have a crinkly something in my pocket to catch their attention. Nothing really loud that will attract undue attention to you, but just a little something that will catch your horse's interest. A few years back, the standard method in my area was to grab a little handful of arena sand and slowly sprinkle it in front of the horse's nose to catch his attention. That works, but it's very hard to do discreetly, and has really fallen out of fashion recently. I don't think I've seen any "Sand Sprinklers" at all the last couple of years. It's almost all tongue-clicking or a bit of stiff cellophane in the pocket.
Good luck, and enjoy your show!! :D
When we show in hand, I put a but of eucalyptis oilon my gloves,it makes Tess prick her ears well. And under saddle, don't give her any reasons to pin her ears.Ride as well as you can and keep her attention :)
Are Marlea's ears back against her neck, or are both just cocked to listen to a rider?
If Marlea is looking at another horse and cranking, you could try something different. I took lessons from a trainer that instructed his students to work their horse in a circle when the horse turned their attention to another horse in the arena. So, if your horse looks at another horse, do about 20' circle (not super small and not super big) and continue on. They turn their attention again to another horse, do a circle again. It is just getting their attention back to where it needs to be and gently encourages them to ignore the other horses in the ring. It takes time, practice and attentive riding but it helps to keep your horse's attention where it needs to be :)
Moomoo won reserve champion! Yayyy
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Congratulations! By the way, I'm not sure if this would help at all, but I know that for dog showing, we use Chris Christensen White on White shampoo in order to get all the yucky off of our dog's white coats. It works really well, and it is not a dye. I consider it safe, and I plan to use it on a white horse I ride.
It is amazing at taking out any stains, even sun stains or yellow stains. I use it on my English Springer Spaniel after she does tracking in the mud and decides to go for a roll. It works miracles.
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