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post #1 of 14 Old 08-11-2016, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Smile tips for first time stubborn pony owner

my daughter knows lots about ponies but I only know the basics about ponies. we have a possible 13.2hh new forest dapple grey 6 year old gelding hat we could have on loan or buy him. He was very fresh when my 11 year old rode him he tried every trick in the book to test her he reared in the stable bucked on the trail ride bolted on the trial ride stopped and started he has only been ridden 5 times this year my daughter loves him and he trusts her more we are trying to find grazing for him at the moment because he is grass kept pony so if anyone knows of any grazing near hawick, Scottish borders, uk then please contact me. She was not phased by him and was smiling and was really CONFIDENT ON HIM that is unusaually because she can be nervous.



any tips on looking after him
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-11-2016, 10:15 AM
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My only tip is to pass on that pony and find one who is well trained and safe for her level of riding. At 11 she does not have the skills or knowledge to retrain a rank pony, nor should you risk her safety on a pony who has such dangerous vices as rearing, bolting, and bucking.
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post #3 of 14 Old 08-11-2016, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Smile this pony isn dangerous

this pony isn't daugerous it is just fresh

I ve seen people riding it before it got left in the field for a while

my 11 year old loves it it only rears in the stable is perfect in a field.

if it is still like this for my 11 year old to ride out in 2 weeks time then we will pass on it
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post #4 of 14 Old 08-11-2016, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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people will also be helping her

she broke in a Shetland pony once as well
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post #5 of 14 Old 08-11-2016, 10:27 AM
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You are the parent who's suppose to have the ability to judge when a situation is dangerous for your child. A pony or horse rearing in the stable is not a safe situation.


My daughter was on a horse before she could walk, but at 11 she rode a been there, done that gelding who was totally safe, knew his job, and took good care of her no matter what stupid stunt she pulled. That old gelding taught her more than I ever could and DD went on to another horse who carried her to #1 in the nation, thanks to the lesson the old man had given her.
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post #6 of 14 Old 08-11-2016, 10:56 AM
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All we have to go on is your description, and I'm sorry but a pony who has reared, bucked and bolted in one session sounds a little more than fresh.

11 year old girls believe they can fix everything, and often fall in love with the 'bad boys' because they believe they are the one that can fix him. A few years down the road you will be having the same problem but with real boys)

I can't believe that she broke in a Shetland, can believe that she put some rides on one that someone else was breaking.

I know this isn't what you are asking, and the reason you are getting these responses is that we are genuinely worried for your daughters safety at this point.

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post #7 of 14 Old 08-11-2016, 11:01 AM
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I'm sorry but you need to forget this pony and involve your daughter in looking for something more suitable. She is in love with the idea of having a pony and right now any pretty pony will suit her but that's not the right way to view it. As a parent you need to take charge of the situation
The UK rescue centres are overflowing with rehabilitated ponies needing good homes right now so don't take on a problem.
You also need to understand that New Forest ponies are as prone to laminitis as any other native pony so at some time in the future this one might need to be stabled to save its life and you say that it rears in the stable
Why not organize a place at a good livery yard first where they can provide a stable if needed and then start looking for a nice ready to ride pony?
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post #8 of 14 Old 08-11-2016, 12:56 PM
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I'm sorry I am going to take everyone's comments one step further.

You don't even have a place to keep a pony - you are asking for assistance in finding a place.

The whole thing is a recipe for disaster. Like Prairie, I raised my son on my seasoned Arab/Saddlebred riding in a chest knapsack with me, from the time he was six months old. They eventually went on to be riding buds.

There is no way this side of the planet Jupiter and back, I would have put his 11 year old self on a pony such as you describe and he was a great little rider at that age.

Find a nice facility to keep a pony first, then look for a pony that will take care of your daughter, not eventually put her in the hospital.

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post #9 of 14 Old 08-11-2016, 01:01 PM
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Don't do it. Just don't. I am the mother of an 11 year old. We have one good show horse she can ride and one horse that was supposed to be safe, but has turned out to be very problematic. She's only been on that horse once (but does NOT want me to sell it in fact, has a total meltdown whenever I mention it). What seems cute now will turn into a very unpleasant situation in which your daughter could get hurt or killed. The best case scenario is that she will not get hurt too badly, but have to fight with this horse to get anything done. A horse that rears in the stable is not a safe horse to handle. It will stop being fun and just get really, really frustrating for her. This is just a really bad idea.

At 11, she needs a totally quiet horse that she can continue to learn on. She is far too young to be trying to fix a problem horse!
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post #10 of 14 Old 08-11-2016, 01:46 PM
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I would have to agree with everyone else- don't take the chance. I wouldn't risk that. She's only 11, & I'm sure you will find a place that has a more well-behaved & well-trained horse that suits your daughter better. She shouldn't have to take on trying to 'train' or 'break' a horse- she needs one that won't make you worried the second she gets on him. I wouldn't risk it at all.

You will meet a lot of horses in your lifetime, you will find the correct fit for her in no time- that pony just isn't up to par.
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