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    Default Will it get better? Getting my pony to go forward

    Hi, posting this in relation to another post regarding a lovely welsh sec c 13.3 pony I am looking to buy. I went to try him yesterday - He was ridden by a very experienced rider first who got him moving well, into a good walk, trot and canter and popped over some small jumps. He looked incredibly steady and she didnít kick at all to get him going forward.

    When it was my turn, I couldnít keep him on the track easily, and when I asked him for trot he wouldnít stay in it for more than a few strides. Now, I know this is down to my experience, nerves, balance etc, and him realising he can get away with minimum effort with me, but in everyoneís opinion, is this something that can be improved and worked on over time as my general riding improves? I donít mind working with him slowly but I also donít want to feel negative about his potential progress with me - he is super in all ways and seems very safe, forgiving and gentle so am very keen on him.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Will it get better? Getting my pony to go forward

    This is really common with young riders and ponies. I really wouldn't worry about it. He is clearly able to go forward - you just need to learn how to communicate with him. Far better one whose default is stop rather than one whose default is run off and buck. Just figure into your calculations regular lessons with a good instructor. You'll get there.

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    Default Re: Will it get better? Getting my pony to go forward

    Why not book a lesson with the sellers instructor so you can ride the horse with some advice and direction?
    It means you are less likely to worry about doing something the seller does not like and you can stop worrying about being watched

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    Default Re: Will it get better? Getting my pony to go forward

    Thanks, it’s really reassuring to know that with training and time and lots of work with him, We will be able to go forward better together. Unfortunately he has been pushed from pillar to post a bit so there is not an instructor who knows him or me where he is currently stabled, though my usual instructor has said she will be happy to come and help. I am not that young, just a bit Rusty on this pony as I have been used to my push button RS horse Plus sharing a slightly nappy but responsive cob, so this is a new situation for me!

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    Default Re: Will it get better? Getting my pony to go forward

    How old is the pony?

    Definitely get your instructor to come and view him with you and see whether she can analyse what is going on. It is possible that it is something as simple as you gripping with nerves and for him that means stop.

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    Default Re: Will it get better? Getting my pony to go forward

    He is 17 this year so although he is a bit older and he definitely has years left in him yet, plus Iíve seen evidence he can go forward, pop a jump etc with a different rider, so I do ultimately blame myself. Obviously my worry is that if/when I get him home the problem is disheartening when Iím riding him alone and continues long term. Obviously a large part of it is down to m and my dedication/training which I am enthusiastic about getting stuck into...

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    Default Re: Will it get better? Getting my pony to go forward

    are you going to take your instructor to view?

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    Iím taking a very experienced horsey friend tonight to ride him, so she will give her brutally honest opinion. Vet check is next week as well. My instructor is really busy so Iím not sure when she will be able to see him ridden, but it will probably be after the vet check!

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    Default Re: Will it get better? Getting my pony to go forward

    I bought my first 2 years ago. He was quite unfit and under muscled and he really was a bit deadened to the leg.

    The person who owned him rode him in spurs and got him moving quite well. I don't ride in spurs as I'm not experienced enough and when I rode him I did have to kick kick to keep him going or he would have stopped.

    2 years on and he's still more backwards thinking than forwards but he listens so much better to my leg now. He's probably not as responsive as some people would like but he is a million times better than he was.

    When i got him home the first few weeks were quite frustrating to ride. I hacked him mostly to get him fit but it took a lot to get him going and I really had to work to get him to respond to my leg so I didn't have to boot him every stride. I spent ages not cantering him because he found it too difficult in the school. Now, he canter transitions lovely but I did spend a few weeks of him rushing and lurching into it.

    I'm not the most experienced person so other riders may have been able to get a tune out of him quicker than me. But I just thought I'd comment as my boy sounds quite similar to this horse, or when I first got him, and it is possible to sharpen them up. J has a massive trot and when I first started to ride him he threw me with every stride, now I ride him all the time I'm much more used to it so know how to ride him better

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    Default Re: Will it get better? Getting my pony to go forward

    Thanks, thatís really encouraging! I have lots of faith in him as I can see from when more experienced riders are on him that he has it in him. Iím very patient so am willing to put the effort in to give him a healthy happy life where he enjoys his work!

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