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post #1 of 6 Old 08-18-2013, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Question Nervous pony and need some tips! Please

I was given the most beautiful pony as she was homeless and i know that she has a lot of potential but I am having some issues in getting her to lead. She is really nervous to go near and can at times bolt at speed including the lead. She lost her halter and now I am struggling to approach her to get it back on to encourage leading.

Any advice, ideas anything :) thanks
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-18-2013, 06:31 PM
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Since you're new to horses, I'd try and find someone experienced to help you.

By how you said she "lost" her halter, I'm assuming she was wearing one 24/7? Usually that isn't a good idea as it could get caught on something or dig into her face and be painful.
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-19-2013, 04:17 PM
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Yes, Sky is right. Don't leave a pony's headcollar on him, when a friend of mine was a young girl, her little pony choked to death on a pole after the headcollar got caught and cut off her oxygen supply. When you approach her walk with your body turned slightly sideways; this is less aggressive behavior. When you get close, stop and put out your hand and look away, as if you are watching the very pretty trees way off in the next field. She may come and sniff your hand, keep looking away. Reach out a little bit with the same hand and stroke her muzzle. Then, you can turn to her and pat her. If you have a small handful of feed, give it to her to reward her. Walk away and, if she follows you, you have joined up with her! You can bring out the headcollar and put it on her. If you have time, tie her somewhere quiet and groom her for a while, always talking softly to her:)
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-19-2013, 11:55 PM
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Try just hanging out in her pasture. Don't even go that near or look directly at her at first, just hang out. Take a few carrots or apples, nibble them yourself as you slowly get a bit closer. When she starts showing interest you can wander a bit closer... just stay non-threatening, don't approach directly, and keep movements soft and relaxed. Eventually curiosity will get the better of her :) Then you can "share" your treats. Don't stress over getting the head collar on yet unless its really necessary, build a bit of trust first and see how she goes.
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-03-2013, 11:03 PM
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I know how you feel! My gelding is just about nervous of everything. I would agree with VickiRose, because if you take the time to just hang out with your mare, soon she'll see your not trying to hurt her. I would spend time with her outside, without any ropes or halters. Go up to her and groom her, give her some treats and love :) You have to remember that she was homeless for a while, so she's probably not used to a lot of human company. You just got to take things slow :)
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-08-2013, 03:51 AM
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HI There,
it sounds to me like your pony is 'Grass Affected'.

What is she grazing - IE what types of grass/plants, what stage of growth is it in. If you feed hay - what type are you feeding? If you hard feed her, what are you feeding her? Are you giving her salt?

Take a look at Calm Healthy Horses for information about this very common and distressing condition

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