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post #1 of 6 Old 01-13-2015, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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Pony problem, need advice

I recently got my first horse, a 1,10 shetland pony. Seeing as she's too small to ride I always take her for walks on a lead rope. The problem is, she is constantly pulling, breaking into a trot at random times or trying to graze.
Do you have any tips as to how I could fix the problem?
Would be appreciated
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-13-2015, 09:29 AM
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Hi Redleaf!

You'll want to start your pony as if you were training her to ride. Do the join-up game, and then basic lead-line exercizes. A round pen is best, but any modestly sized enclosure will work.
This really shouldn't take much work, but you may need to repeat the lead-line bits periodically.
There are plenty of sources for info on these training techniques, as they are a common denominator in nearly all equine training. You should be able to find what you need on-line, but it will probably be beneficial if you find someone to work with you the first time thru.

Hope this helps. Steve

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Simply put, horses learn from instant associations/consequences, and they do what works & quit doing what doesn't work.

So... if you're watching her bodylanguage so that every time *she is about to* put her head down to graze, you get after her, with the tail of the leadrope or such, the behaviour will have unpleasant consequences & not work for her, so she will quit it(depends how much practice she's had at it working as to how long it might take). If every time she begins to trot on lead when you don't ask for it, you pull her around in a circle, or direct pressure at her rump to yield it away so she's facing you(assuming she's been taught to yield well), it doesn't acheive what she's wanting, so she'll quit it.
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Thanks a lot for the help
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-16-2015, 02:32 PM
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Groundwork! You just need to spend more time teaching your horse ground manners. (And skills like lunging.) Most natural horsemanship people start with that in their series so I recommend looking that up. (Clinton Anderson, Buck Brannaman, Parelli 7 games etc.) Really, the more time you spend patiently training them to behave on the ground the better they will be at anything else. (even though you said you didn't ride this horse) Like a child, you have to teach them manners.
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As much as I don't like rope halters this may be a good situation for one as I feel a chain would be overkill.

This way SHE can apply the pressure and is minimizes user error.

Agree "make the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard".

Don't be afraid to get after her, she won't dislike you for it, in fact she will probably be perfectly happy knowing what the rules are and that you are there to show her what's ok and what isn't.
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