Peanut the pony
Hi everyone! I am training this little shetland pony named Peanut. He is coming along quite well but he still has some quirks. Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix any of the things in my list?
*Rearing when we back up*
*Freaking out with fly spray*
*Freaking out around dogs*
*Attemting to trample you when you lead him*
*Attacking you for treats*
If you have any ideas on any of these please let me know. I can use all the help I can get with this little guy. He has the sweetest personality ever he just is a trouble maker. :? He now trusts me so much that he will just follow me around without lead or anything. I think I must have done join up correctly. :D One day we were just walking around and all of a sudden this dog came running up and barking outside the arena and he backed ran forward and reared. :oops: I really want to fix this to make him safe for other people to ride him safely.
Thanks for you help!!
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Some technique's here that may help you with ground manners.
And if a horse gets too grabby with treats I will bump their mouth, wait til they stop being grabby, then give the treat. Fly spray I usually would spray, say good girl/boy them give a treat right away, I would do that several times and before you know it they can't wait to get sprayed... Or keep spraying untill they stand then you stop.
Pressure then release when you get what you want.
Your training Him but don't know what to do?
Rearing I just let a horse meet the ground.
Fly spray, I'd get a bottle filled with water and spray him till he holds still.
Trample when you lead, get a whips and get him the heck off of you.
Attacks for treats? Don't give treats .
Thanks I thought about the bottle of water I just wasnt sure if it would work or not. Do you guys know how to cure a horse of waterphobia? He will not go anywhere near water puddles... Its bad he completely freaks when you bring him near them.
For water puddles - overfill your water trough. He'll have to walk through to get a drink. I overfill my tanks and none of mine have ever had issues with mud puddles. Of course, I live in Colorado in a high desert, so we don't have many puddles around here :)
If you bathe him he has to stand in his puddle
Most of the time water puddles are so threatening because horses dont have depth perception. For all he knows that puddle could be the deepest body of water in the world. It will be a LOT easier if you can get another horse to go through it first so he can get a feel for how deep the puddle is. I have a mare who will not walk through puddles at home on the trail however she will follow my best friends mare into their pond to go swimming any day!
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I am assuming you're talking about rearing while you're on the ground, not while ridden. If he rears at rein pressure while ridden, I'd rule out physical probs like teeth, sore back, etc and especially as he doesn't lead well yet by the sounds, get him reliably yielding to pressure in all ways on the ground first in a halter, before doing same on his back, before using a bit.
I would suggest finding an experienced trainer to help teach you how to work with him more effectively.
By trample you I gather you mean he knocks you with his shoulder? In part he responds to you because you have treats. On the other hand he is not respecting your space. Take a 4' stick and draw a circle in the dirt with your arm held straight that encircles you. Take a good look. He is not allowed to put even his head in that space. This means you will have to consistently move him to keep him out. Use that stick or riding crop to tap him on the chest as you back him with the lead. The tapping isn't to hurt but just be unpleasant. He will get so you barely have to move it. Now when you offer a treat, you are to go in to his space so make him back away first, then you approach him but only when he'll remain standing. Be sure to stretch your arm so he has to turn his head away for the treat. He will learn that there are none to be had if he mugs you. Don't think when he mugs for treats that this is a sign of affection or love.
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