Does your fave pony seem to rush everywhere at 100mph? Slow him down with our top tips
We’ve all had that feeling where your pony seems to get stronger and faster and you can’t seem to get him to slow down or listen to you.
Regardless of whether you’re a thrill seeker or get nervous when your pony does this, it’s a bad habit to let him get in to. Luckily, there are a few easy things you can work on to keep him focused and working properly.
It’s all about you
Before you start working on your pony, think about yourself and your position in the saddle.
When you feel your pony starting to rush, it’s super-easy to tense up. This often causes you to tip forwards in the saddle and stiffen your arms and shoulders. The problem is, this only makes your pony rush even more! Here’s what you can do to fix it…
- relax! Give your body a shake and take some deep breaths. The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your pony will be
- soften your arms When you’re worried, you’re likely to straighten your arms and pull on the reins. But this just encourages your pony to pull back! Instead, open and close your fingers a few times to relax the grip on the reins and bend your elbows
- sit up tall When you lean forwards in the saddle, it also tips your weight forward, which encourages your pony to get faster. Pull your shoulders back and sit up as tall as possible to stay strong and secure
If you feel worried when your pony rushes, try singing one of your fave songs. It’ll take your mind off being nervous and encourage you to breathe properly, too!
Read more rush-busting advice in November PONY magazine – on sale now!