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post #11 of 16 Old 04-17-2015, 11:48 AM
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Sounds like no one has ever taught this pony the head down cue. This is essential for handling the head, bridling, etc. If a horse doesn't know this, it's not trained IMO. Fortunately, it's very simple to teach, here's a link to an article which goes through it step by step...
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post #12 of 16 Old 04-17-2015, 04:56 PM
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Not sure I understand the problem, but the way we bridle is to attach the lead rope (which is clipped to the halter on the horse) to a ring or crossties. Then unbuckle the halter and slip it down the horse's neck and re-buckle it, so it's like a dog collar around their neck (and they're still hooked to that ring in the wall) and then put the bridle on. Only after the bridle is on do we unbuckle the halter from their neck and release them from the hook on the wall.

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I am sorry, but I see so many things wrong with this picture
I do too. A pony tied to a tree in a partially fenced field? What kind of facility does that? Secondly, while I can't say I blame the pony for wanting to run off, it is an indication that he is not properly trained and if you are not that experienced you need some help from some who is. Until then never let him get away with anything. Ponies can be devils about getting their own way and can learn bad habits quickly. Leave him tied with the halter and bridle over the halter and don't untie him until you have everything adjusted and have a good grip on the reins.
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Can we have some more info OP? Is it the way it sounds, that as there are no spare stables, the pony lives on a tether? Not even adequate fencing(so the other 'inmates' are locked in stables full time, never turned out??)? If so, PLEASE find somewhere good for the pony to live ASAP! Pref NOT stabled, but living in a paddock with other horses. Allowed to BE horses.

As it also sounds like you're quite inexperienced, I second other advice that you should also look for some good hands on instruction. We can provide advice where possible here, but there is only so much help a remote forum can give you.
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Okay, first thanks for all the help and advice. Second, let me get this a little cleared up, sorry for the misunderstanding in the first place.

1. He's not tied to the tree for longer than half an hour each day, the rest he spends in the field. He has food and water at all times.

2. The field is now fully fenced.

3. The other horses also only spend the same amount of time in the field, all with food and water, before going into a stable or the field afterwards. As it is a riding school, it would be hard to keep recatching all the horses all the time.

So now on to the more information thing. He hasn't been taught a head down cue, so I'm gonna start working on that. Should I try to explain this situation again?? Either way, I bought a lick it and some polos to help but he was good this week, so it does just depend what mood he's in.
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post #16 of 16 Old 04-20-2015, 01:15 PM
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I'm pretty sure things will improve. Just don't lose your temper, keep at it.

Also, always have a second rope around his neck, tied to the tree, before you take off the halter, and put it on before you unbridle him too, just to make sure he'll stay there.
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