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Nightside 11-14-2012 08:17 PM

Bad pony! Anybody want a world class jumper?
Today I decided to work with the Shetland colt, as the mare was still in a huff about me exploding on her after she tried to kick me. So I follow the colt, as he is very shy and still can't be touched unless I have food, and even barely then. When he stops trotting circles around me, I stop. The idea is, hey, I wont chase you if you don't run. After a few minutes he caught on quickly, as I can approach him, he will trot off a few steps, and stand. Much better than an all out panic if I approach him. Still can't pet him much. But a day at a time!

While this is going on, I was ignoring the mare standing by the makeshift entrance to the pen. As I come up on her side so I can leave, she flattens her ears and clears the fence, hardly brushing it as she goes. Keep in mind, she's a scrawny, possibly pregnant Shetland over a 4 foot fence. Great. I spent about 20 minutes running around the pasture with the cows and my 14 hand horse to push her back in the pen. Luckily they are in a pen, in a fence, in another fence. The joys of stallion keeping. So she couldn't have gone far. But it's times like this where I wish she was a normal, social horse so I could kick her butt. I guess she's feeling better. Anybody know of some pony jumping Olympics I could put her in? :P

And if anyone has suggestions for gentling untouched ponies, I am open to them. I believe the colt is around 2, not sure on the mare, but neither one have had proper care or even human contact up until about a week ago when I brought them home. They are still learning that the sound of feed shaking in a feed bucket is a GOOD sound, not something to panic about, as I do the morning rounds.
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Nightside 11-17-2012 09:55 AM

Anybody? :P
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EmilyJoy 11-17-2012 10:10 AM

Look up Clinton Anderson, he works sometimes with mustangs and he broke over 600 horses in Australia before coming in the US. So you might learn something from him....

With the Shetland mare I would start by finding a corral that she cannot jump over. Then do some round penning...

Dustbunny 11-17-2012 10:28 AM

Clinton Anderson, Chris Cox, Ken McNabb...lots of trainers have books and CDs available. The knowledge is worth the investment. Slow and steady and consistent...and lots of patience. I am not familiar as to how these two came into your possession but it sounds like it was a good break for them. You have your work cut out for you. You are working with the raw product. At least they aren't 1200 lbs each and unhandled.
I wish you and your ponies all the best.

EmilyJoy 11-17-2012 10:32 AM

Yup seems all NH are similar in how they train. Just whatever one works for you that you can understand.

Nightside 11-17-2012 11:08 AM

Okay. When I first started raising babies Parelli was the big one that everybody raved about but I was never fond of it. It can be hard to separate the gimmicks from the better ways, and I'm always willing to learn! I'm in no hurry. If they are halter broken by February I'd be thrilled.

They were pulled from a herd of 150 minis and ponies that people couldn't afford to maintain so they just left them be. A women in town took the 5 worst, so malnourished they could barely stand. She doesn't have much land so she was taking in more as fast as she could find homes for them.
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Saddlebag 11-17-2012 11:16 AM

Take some reading material or play games on your device and just go sit with the mare and foal. Do not try to interact with them. You need to keep your mind distracted which they will pick up on. Often that's when a horse will come and check you out. Just let it happen and don't reach out to touch no matter how tempting. Do this daily for a week. If after 7 days the mare still won't approach, place a small pile of hay 3 or 4 ft away. She has to decide on eating near you or going hungry. Again no interaction. When she does check you out it's on her terms and she'll have learned that maybe you're not so bad after all. Also the smaller you are (sitting) the less fearful you are.

Nightside 11-17-2012 12:03 PM

That's what I've been doing. I go out, place the bucket beside me, sit in a chair, and ignore them. Noise doesn't bother them but the slightest shift will make them back off. They crane their necks out to eat, but they do come up. If I'm moving to get from one pasture to the other and pass by, they scatter, even if I'm not paying them any mind or even in the pen. And I did fix he fence to where they can't hop out so at least I don't have that to worry about.
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EmilyJoy 11-17-2012 02:12 PM

I never was very fond of Parelli either, it was too hard to understand not a lot of clear instructions... It's one thing to train a horse, one thing to train people, but quite another to be able to do both very good.

Nightside 11-18-2012 08:44 PM

Don't get me wrong, I borrowed all the tapes from the library on training horses when I was a kid and my mom bought me 2 yearlings. They both turned out well, if I do say so myself. Wish I had pictures of them still.

But I've never had a pony before, and while I've had pushy and bratty horses, painfully shy is a new one!
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